The Tale Behind The Name – Pachmarhi


The town of Pachmarhi is nestled amongst the Satpura range in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Located in Central India, this hill station enjoys a cooler climate than its surrounding low lying areas because of its elevation. However, as beautiful and breathtaking as the place is, what makes it truly fascinating is the tale behind the name.

To start off the story, you must be slightly acquainted with Indian mythology. There are two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India – the Mahabharata, which we will be looking into right now, and the Ramayana. The Mahabharata revolves around the fates of the Kaurava and Pandava princes. The Kaurava princes come from the line of the blind king Dhritarashtra and the Pandava princes come from the line of Pandu, the pale and unhealthy king. Both are half brothers, sharing the same father.

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The princes of both factions are bitter rivals and their enmity which carries on from the youth to adulthood causes the Kurukshetra War. After losing a loaded dice game to the Kauravas, the five Pandava brothers are forced to go into exile for 12 years. This is where Pachmarhi comes in.

As legend goes, the five Pandava brothers visited the area of Pachmarhi during their twelve years of exile. They obviously needed a place to stay and not being simple people who would be satisfied with a simply made hut, they carved out five caves as their shelter. In this case, the name Pachmarhi is derived from ‘Pach’ Five and ‘Marhi’ meaning caves in Hindi.

These caves were excavated from the sandstone hills surrounding Pachmarhi and were used as their shelter. These caves still exist to this day and have become a major tourist attraction. Although many scholars may argue that these caves are truly the creation of the Pandava brothers, most geologists state that these caves are much older than that. The caves are thought to have been in existence long before the Mahabharata Era came into being.

The story behind the caves themselves brings curious travelers by the bus load. However, it is the artistic treasures that lie within that prove to be an equally big draw for many. There are many depictions and cave paintings that date back thousands of years. Human and animal figures are shown on the cave walls showing the typical dress and depictions of various battle scenes.

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There is a lot to Pachmarhi than meets the eye. It’s natural beauty and elevated location, in conjunction with the legend has helped in bolstering the tourism for the town. The town itself became more popular after a ‘discovery’ by Captain Forsyth in 1857. It was put on the map when it was converted into a base for the soldiers of the Central Province.

It is famous for many things – natural waterfalls that cascade merrily from bubbling streams, clear rivulets that merrily dance their way downwards, enticing people hot and bothered from a scorching sun to bathe in the cool waters, lush green forests that fill the land around with life and stunning vistas that enchant the heart.

Visitors may have to take a rather lengthy route to get there, but in this case, the wait will be worth the time and effort. You may have to travel for hours on end, either driving down dusty roads or enduring the bus ride over bumpy roads. When you do reach Pachmarhi, it will feel like the haven after the journey. So if you are ever in the area of the Central Provinces, it may be a good idea to take a break and head for cooler climes without having to traverse though the country.

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Pachmarhi – The Queen of Satpura


This is a quaint hill station nestled in the state of Madhya Pradesh which is in Central India. It is located amidst the Satpura range and has also been the location of the Pachmarhi cantonment ever since British rule in India. It is popularly known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’ which translates to Queen of Satpura as it sits atop a valley in the Satpura range at a height of 1100 m.

The origin of the name seems to have been derived from the Hindi words ‘Panch’ meaning five and ‘Marhi’ meaning caves. The legend goes that the five Pandava brothers built those caves during their fourteen year exile. The caves offer a great vantage point to those who take shelter within.

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Although the area was already populated during the reign of King Bhawut Singh, it was developed into a hill station and a sanatorium for the British troops stationed in the Central Provinces of India after being spotted by Captain James Forsyth. He realized the importance and appeal of the place while leading his troops to Jhansi in 1857.

Pachmarhi had a population of 3,020 at the turn of the century in 1901. During summer, when the weather became unbearably hot in the Central Provinces, the population doubled. This place also served as the summer capital for the Central Provinces. This place is mostly an army town, with most of the 10,000 current residents either serving the Indian army or are connected to it.

It is a popular tourist destination for those who are looking to escape the extreme temperatures which affect the plain. The higher location and the cooler temperatures act as a great draw for people of the surrounding area. Although summer is a busy time, tourists visit this hill station anytime throughout the whole year. The lush greenery and the rich flora and fauna are also big draws for those looking to get away from the bustling city life. People looking to experience nature escape to Pachmarhi.

When it comes to wildlife, there is much to see. There have been many tiger, panther, and leopard sightings on the outskirts of the town. There are also many large mammals that call this place home. You can see chital deer, muntjac deer, sambar deer, rhesus macaques, wild boar and gaur. There are also flying squirrels, the Indian wolf, bison, giant Indian squirrels, chinkara, wild dogs and nilgai to keep you company.

If you are not a fan of snakes, you may be advised to keep clear of the forests. Because the area enjoys an annual precipitation of 2 meters, many creatures are encouraged to thrive. It has been reported that there are approximately 31 species of the certain snake families like Boidae, Colubridae, Elapidae, Uropeltidae, Typhlopidea and Viperidae.

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People with a sweet tooth can also indulge themselves on the rich harvest of fruits that are grown in this region during the summer season. Feast on sweet mangoes, custard fruit, jamun and other lesser known local fruits. There are many medicinal plants and herbs that can be found in the forest.

If you are planning to travel to Pachmarhi, you will have to drive there from Bhopal, Chinndwara, Indore and Jabalpur. You can take a flight to any of the above mentioned cities from your point of residence. If you don’t like driving, you can opt to take a bus. There are local as well as private buses that can take from 5 – 11 hours, depending from your point of departure.  The buses will meander through various towns as you travel to Pachmarhi. You can even take the train to Pipariya.

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Tour Companies To Help You Plan Your Pachmarhi Holiday


There are many tour companies that will advertise their services to you. However, you have to be careful in selecting which company you finally want to go sightseeing with. There are many factors that go into consideration like your budget, the length of your holiday, the season and the amount of people travelling. As with many tour companies, if the number of people in your group is large, your trip may work out to be cheaper.

This is because mini vans or buses can be rented out, and with the cost being split amongst a larger number of people, the cost lessens considerably. The time of the year that you decide to visit also matters. This is because the prices of accommodation and travel can double up from non-season to peak season. Here are some of the tour companies operating in Pachmarhi.

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This is a government run organization that plans package tours for people planning to visit Pachmarhi. You can decide upon the package you are looking for. The Itinerary of the tour will be clearly detailed on the website, so you know exactly what you are getting when you pay for the package deal. You will be picked up from Pipariya (where the railway station is located) and checked into your hotel in Pachmarhi. There are various sightseeing spots that you will be taken to. The only things not included will be your flight or rail tickets to Pipariya and other extra incidentals and food. Being a government run service, it may be more reliable.

When it comes to traveling in this region, many people seem to have chosen this agency. Perhaps it’s how you can custom your own trip and decide the type of budget you are willing to spend on your trip and staying accordingly. You can choose from a shorter package deal with a 2N/3D program or you can even have a 4N/5D program. Most of the scenery and sightseeing spots in and around Pachmarhi can be seen within 2 days, so if you go for a lengthier holiday, you can really see things at your leisure. There are many things to do and see here, and this travel agency should be able to help you make your holiday memorable.

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This is the official railway agency in India from where you can book your train tickets. It has expanded from only travel to also catering to the tourism segment.  Choose from the number of people traveling to get a good deal. Being government run, you will be staying in government run hotels and accommodation which should leave you with a bit more spend later. This will be an affordable choice for travelers who want to get the best out of their holiday, without compromising on quality. However, don’t expect any first class or five star hotels.

Competing against local and government run agencies comes this group. You can make out the difference in the approach to planning your holiday from the moment you click on their website link. Well presented and detailed, you have a good idea of your trip’s itinerary. It is well explained and the descriptions almost evoke a sense of being there. Their quotes are clear and you can choose your plan according to your budget. The great thing about this is that you will know where you are staying from the get go as everything is clearly given on the website. This way you can research the hotel to find out for yourself if this is the place for you.

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Knowing More About Pachmarhi


The town of Pachmarhi lies in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is the most popular tourist spot among domestic tourists in the area. Many domestic travelers visit this hill station, especially residents of the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and West Bengal. There are rare medicinal plants that can be found here. Located at a height of 3555 feet above sea level, Pachmarhi is a huge tourist favorite during the summer holiday season especially during the festival of Diwali and New Year’s Eve.

This is a small town that is located at the tip of a lake. Established in 1972, the area is mostly under Pachmarhi Cantonment. Because the town is so small, there are no large shopping malls or large hotels that one would commonly see in cities. In fact, even though there are around 15 – 20 hotels located around the area; very few serve non vegetarian meals.

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The shops and stores in the town sell knickknacks and small gift items like products made of jute, marble, wood etc. Their main clientele are the tourists that visit as well as the Army personnel. For the adventurous visitor, there are many activities to keep them busy. They can choose from trekking or hiking amongst the beautiful hills and forests that surround the town, Go Mountain biking or even try their hand at Para-gliding. Life need not be boring even if you are on a peaceful and relaxing vacation.

There are many famous hill stations in India like Shimla, Missouri amongst others and in comparison to them, Pachmarhi is relatively unknown. It still remains a hidden gem in Central India. This is due to the long distance from metropolitan cities and the long hours of travel that a visitor will need to take before reaching this place. There is a lack of railway connectivity which further hampers this place from being better known. However, this should be taken in a positive light.

Visitors should take the opportunity to discover this getaway before it grows too large. Other hill stations in India that have grown leaps and bounds due to the immense popularity have seen a change of landscape. Those who have lived there all their lives do not like the change. The once beautiful hills are now filled with colorful buildings that have eaten away at the greenery to house more people. Similarly, once the beauty of Pachmarhi is truly discovered, the landscape as the locals there know it will change dramatically. The relative inaccessibility makes it remain a diamond in the rough.

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In fact, it only recently started coming into the news when certain leading personalities and politicians visited the hill station. This tourist retreat is home to much wildlife and lies within the Pachmarhi Biosphere Preserve which was created in 1999 so that two forest reserves would be linked. Also, Satpura National Park was included in it to create a larger wildlife conservation area. This Preserve also includes Dhupgarh which s the highest point in Central India.

While your best bet is to get your own car and drive around because of the freedom it gives you, you may also want to consider sharing a Gypsy. This is an excellent economic option for those looking to see the sights and leave the hill station without burning a hole in their pocket. Shared tours are not very common as the more obvious profit lies in the full rental of cars, so you will have to do your research if you’re looking to save. All in all, this is a beautiful place which should not be missed if you are in the area.

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Tiger Sanctuary of Pachmari


In the event that you are fed up of swarmed untamed life asylums, National Park is the one stop destination for the lovers of wild animals .It is a hub of wildlife lovers and a must visit place for them.  to experience the magical experience of the quiet wilderness, far from hustle and clamor of the city , excellent uneven territories, profound chasms, rivulets, untouched backwoods areas and so on . Tiger Sanctuary of pachmari is sustained in the Satpura Ranges of Hoshangabad region in Madhya Pradesh. Its ultimate uniqueness distinguishes it from the rest of the tiger reservoirs in India. Here one can do jeep safari, elephant safari, strolling safari and pontoon safari.

The Tiger sanctuary  includes Bori Wildlife Sanctuary and the wildlife sanctuary of Panchmari.While Bori is the most ancient  forest reserve in India and Panchmari proudly boasts itself to be the sole hill station of Central part of India. If you are an extremely religious soul and an ardent worshipper of Lord Shiva , than panchmari is the must visit place for you .

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Guide to reach the tiger reserve of Panchmari:

It is an awesome spot to be unified with nature, to simply inhale wilderness air.Satpura Tiger Reserve represents the ultimate and supreme form of mothernature. It is not shocking that the recreation center has one of the biggest natural life densities in India.

It is in Central locale of Madhya Pradesh, spread over Satpura ranges. By Flight: There are 02 vital airplane terminals for achieving  Tiger Reserve of Panchmari .The closest one is Bhopal Airport   following is Jabalpur Airport . Both the airplane terminals have non-stop flight network with Delhi and Mumbai and are effectively utilized by visitors. There  are numerous approaches to reach  Tiger Sanctuary of Panchmari via train transportation including  Sohagpur , Pipariya  etc.

Wildlife:

The Bori-Satpura Tiger Reserve is famous as the home of the tiger and its fundamental prey species, gaur, and sambar. Chital, chousingha and  likewise exist here. There is a genuinely decent risk that you may run over the bashful and subtle yapping deer while driving through the timberland. In spite of the fact that around 50 warm-blooded animals and 30 reptile species are accepted to possess the recreation center, sightings are not abundant here. A number of the animal groups are nighttime and may not be seen. What’s more, a few different species are for the most part seen in brief looks, as they are modest and watchful and not used to people. A visit may yield sightings of the Rhesus macaque, langur etc. Panthers and wolves additionally slink the recreation center and the sloth bear is known to be a regular inhabitant of the locales. Wild pooches might be found in packs and can chase prey twice their own size. The palm civet and the little Indian civet are generally nighttime, little, ground creatures .

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Some tips to visit Panchmel Sanctuary:

  • It is prudent to wear garments in impartial hues, for example, khaki or olive-green, in order to be disguised in the surroundings and not startle the creatures.
  • You should not carry any kind of weapons in the forest .
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Enjoyment to the fullest: Recreation at Pachmarhi


Pachmarhi is a famous hill station located at the heart of Madhya Pradesh.When you think of Pachmarhi, you may think of a place with lots of waterfalls, natural caves and natural viewpoints. But Pachmarhi is a lot more than just a hill station. If you are fond of recreational activities, you will have a great time here!  The place is studded with many parks, treks and resorts where you can spend quality time with your family. Here are some of the activities you can do when you are at Pachmarhi.

Camping

Pachmarhi hides a great forest area within itself. Many areas in the forest are untouched from outside tourists.  Therefore, you can get a great opportunity to enjoy the environment of jungle while camping in these areas. You can find many agencies online, which can arrange camping at many sites in Pachmarhi, for you. They provide you options to stay in tents or nearby hotels. During day time you can wonder on the treks to learn and observe the various elements of forest. It is always preferable to hire a local guide or coach, for this type of activity. There are many off-road treks which are heaven for adventure lovers. At night time, you can light a camp fire and have a meal under the sky. You will be amazed to see the sky studded with stars like never before! Bubbling sound of water, cool breeze and sounds of birds complete the ambience of the jungle!

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Trekking

Pachmarhi is a paradise for trekkers. Rich uneven geography presents challenges to even the most experienced trekker! Every year, winter training camps and mountaineer camps are arranged in this area where you can learn the skills for trekking!You can never be sure what surprise may lie ahead when you are trekking at Pachmarhi. You may reach to a fall like RajatPrapat or you may find paintings on the walls of Maradeo Hills! These paintings depict the saga of ancient people living in these caves. They describe their activities like hunting, food gathering etc. You will be surprised to know that some of them are as old as 1000 BC!

Safari at Satpura Tiger Reserve

You can arrange safari ride at Satpura Tiger Reserve where you have an opportunity to watch this amazing big cat in its natural habitat. Usually open jeeps are used for the safari tours. Apart from tiger you can also observe bears, leopards, deer, bison, boar and many more animals. The best time to visit this forest is between October to April.

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Paragliding

If you are an adventure lover, then you are going to have a blast at Dhoopgarh. You can enjoy paragliding from this hill with beautiful view of valley below! Cool wind, breathtaking view of valley and thrill of flying can give you a life time experience.

These are just few of many recreational activities you can do at Pachmarhi. You can also do boating, rappelling, rock climbing and a lot more!

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Panchmarhi-A Hill station in the heart of Madhya Pradesh


India is blessed with immense natural beauty and cultural diversity. You can never be out of ideas, if you want to travel famous tourist spots in India. If you are looking to spend a holiday with a difference, then “Panchmarhi” is an ideal place for you to visit. Located in the heart of Madhya Pradesh and in the valley of “Satpura”, Panchmarhi is known as the “Queen of Satpura”. This sole hill station of Madhya Pradesh has attracted attention of many travelers worldwide. The waterfalls, cave monuments and a tiger reserve- what more can you ask for an escape from a monotonous lifestyle!

Panchmarhi has a lot to offer for those who are willing to spend enough time! Have a look at some of the main attractions at Panchmarhi.

Satpura Tiger Reserve

Located about 93Kms from Panchmarhi, this reserve is the home of largest Asian cats-the tigers. About 40 tigers are wondering here naturallyalong with other animals like Indian gaurs, monkeys, bears, deer and a number of species of birds. You can enjoy safari tour along with a guide cum driver from Panchmarhi.

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Chaurgarh

This is the third highest peak of Madhya Pradesh with height of about 1308 meters. It is famous amongst pilgrims for Lord Shiva temple and ShivratriMela. Apart from this the breathtaking sight of the valley from this peak presents a real treat for the eye! The nearby tourist points are HandiKhoh and Priyadarshini Point.  The road to Priyadarshini leads to an ancient Shiva cave.

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This may be a small sightseeing point but it is worth spending some time here. It is also known as “suicide point”. Dense forest and view of Chaturgarh from above presents a great view. Usually people visit this point while their journey to Chaturgarh.

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This is an ancient cave carved by Buddhists in 4th century. It is located few kilometers south east of the Jaistambh Chowk.

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If you think that you have seen the most of Panchmarhi till now, you are wrong! There are many more surprises to waiting for you. Just 1 km from Pandava’s cave you will find a natural pond known as ApsaraVihar, created by a water fall. You can enjoy swimming in this pond.

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This is one of the most amazing and giant water fall of Panchmarhi. You can view this fall by stepping upwards from the ApsaraVihar. The height of the fall is believed to be about 106 meters, which is quite high!

Reechgarh Viewpoint

This is again a natural view point on the same road which leads to Duchess Falls. There are two natural water falls named Reechgarh and Astachal. Along with them you can also visit a water pool with clear water.

Apart from these natural spots, you will also love the cuisine and friendly people from Panchmarhi, who are always ready to greet people from outside. The nearest airport is Bhopal, which is 195 km from Panchmarhi. You can also reach by railway (nearest station is Pipariya). Panchmarhi also have good road access by which you can easily travel through bus or private vehicles.

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Tourist Places to Visit When In Pachmarhi


Pachmarhi is a popular tourist hill station due to its higher elevation and forested landscape. There are plenty of streams and waterfalls to cool down the hot traveler, especially during the scorching summer months. There are many places of interest to visit if you are in Pachmarhi. To get around and visit the places mentioned below, it is best if you travel in your own vehicle or rent one. This is because you will then have the luxury of sticking to your own schedule instead of following the crowd. Rent a Gypsy (which is a 4 wheel drive) to get around.

  • Priyadarshini (Forsyth Point)

The town of Pachmarhi was developed under British rule and therefore has many influences of British art and architecture which is reflected in the churches and buildings around the town. This is a vantage viewing point that marks the spot when the town was first ‘discovered’ by Captain Forsyth in 1857.

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  • Jamuna Prapat (Bee Fall)

These falls provide respite from the hot sun and many people visit the bathing pools located above the falls. In fact, if you go at the peak of summer when hordes of tourists flock to Pachmarhi, you’ll find the pools pretty crowded. The falls are spectacular and the stream provides drinking water to the town of Pachmarhi.

  • Pandav Caves

These are five protected caves that are, according to legend, the ancient dwellings of the five Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata Era. The caves are excavated out of the sandstone rock in a low hill. These are protected monuments and the town of Pachmarhi derived its name because of these five caves.

  • Christ Church

The structure and design of the church is interesting. It is adorned with stained glass panes that decorate the walls and the rear of the altar and were imported from Europe. When the sunlight falls through them, it makes a very pretty sight. Built in 1875, this church’s ‘sanctum-sanctorum’ has a hemispherical dome with angels adorning the end of the ribs. The nave does not even have a single pillar for support. The baptismal font is made of brass and is considered to be quite rare. The bells which chime from time to time are as old as the church itself and can be heard from a long distance away.

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  • Satpura National Park

As with any natural park, there are landscapes of natural beauty that will put your mind at rest. There are dense evergreen forests of teak, sal and bamboo that spread through the region. The flow of lush green valleys with the high peaks of Dhoopgarh and Mahadeo makes for a stunning vista. There are high mountains, waterfalls and a vast reservoir of Tawa to complete this breathtaking region. Home to the bison, tiger, bear, leopard, four – horned deer, blue bull and a variety of birds, the Satpura National Park is like nature’s paradise.

  • The Cave Shelters

There are many cave shelters decorated with cave paintings that can be dated to be thousands of years old. Explore the cave shelters of Dhuandhar which has a variety of white cave paintings that depict a group of archers with a typical Gond bun and hooped earrings. You can access this cave from the footpath to Apsara Vihar. Next is Bharat Neer (Dorothy Deep) which has well drawn animal paintings. This area was excavated first in the 1930s and many microliths and pottery shards dating back millennia were uncovered. You can also visit Asthachal (Monte Rosa) which has four shelters with linear drawings. There are other shelters on the Northern side of Jambu Dwip valley which has many animal and human depictions and also has a battle scene included.

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