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.

Pandava’sCave

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

ApsaraVihar

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.

A Pachmarhi Holiday: Weather and Other Bits and Bobs of Information


Pachmarhi is also known as Panchmari and is an attractive hill station located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Being a hill station, it enjoys a cooler climate than the surrounding areas and being situated 1105 meters above sea level is a big contributing factor.

The season and the months you decide to visit this place could make a difference to your trip. Although majority of the visitors tend to flock there to escape the summer heat, the months of October – March is supposed to be best. This is because the weather will be pleasant and enjoyable.

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Summer tends to start from the month of May and extends until July end. While the rest of the Central Provinces tends to heat up to unbearable temperatures during the summer months, this place remains cool due to the amount if foliage and favorable climate. The temperature during this time tends to stay below 35 degrees Celsius. You will rarely find a day with a temperature hotter than that. While that may seem hot for many international tourists, this temperature provides a welcome relief to many living in lower altitudes.

India has three distinct seasons – summer, winter and Monsoon. Spring and fall tend to become disguised with the rain. This rule, of course, does not apply to the extreme north where the temperatures can change with every season. The months from July to September see the monsoons hit the area. Pachmarhi enjoys temperate rainfall during this time. The foliage around becomes drenched in rain and the whole place looks like it has been giving a bath. Visitors will see fog dancing in the atmosphere around, as it hugs the hills, giving a contrast of white amongst the freshly washed greens. The climate will be mostly cloudy and when the rains are over, life around will be revitalized. Because of the freshness, these months also prove to be a big draw for many tourists looking to truly see nature in all her glory. However, if you don’t like the rain, you may want to skip these months as many activities can be hampered. For example, you may not be able to go hiking in the hills. With the rains comes water. This place is inundated with waterfalls and streams that flow throughout the region. The falls expand with the influx of water and the waterfalls come alive during this time which is a sight to see.

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With the winter season comes frost and lower temperatures. However, the temperature rarely falls below 4 degrees Celsius. As the place is high in elevation, with the cool days comes cooler nights. Most of the hotels don’t have central heating so you may want to pack warmer clothes or request for extra blankets from the hotel. This is still the perfect tourist destination during this time. Winter is between the months of November to February. You can expect to see frost here which will really offer the hill station experience.

With the all year round pleasant weather, Pachmarhi is a tourist hot spot. Construction was prohibited in this area from the 1990s and this means that most of the buildings you will see are restored colonial buildings.

This town will certainly welcome you with an old world charm. If you are into history and architecture, there is a lot to this town and you will definitely leave this place richer in knowledge than when you first visited it. Good for easy walks around the area, there are a large number of temples that can be visited as well.

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.