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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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.

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I live in Mumbai, which is the financial capital of India. People come from all over in search of fame and fortune, but rarely does the majority find any. I work in a bank in Churchgate and the daily commute, the long work hours and the busy city life were getting to me after a while.