Pachmarhi Tourism

Pachmarhi Tourism

Pachmarhi Info

  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1015 m
  • Pincode: 461881
  • District: Hoshangabad
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 07578
  • Weather: Summer 24 to 37°C, Winter 9 to 28°C

History of Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is a hill station situated in the central state of India – Madhya Pradesh. The name of the city, which means five caves in Hindi, is a result of the five caves said to have been built by the Pandava brothers of the Mahabharatha during their years in exile; one of the prime Pachmarhi attractions.

In the time of the British Raj, the area was under the control of the Gond king Bhawut Singh after which the village was turned into a hill station and sanatorium for British troops in Central India.

Though the town is not very large, most of it is administered by the Pachmarhi Cantonment Board that serves the Indian Army. It also has an airstrip near Dhupgarh.

People and Culture of Pachmarhi

The indigenous population of the town is not more than ten thousand people, most of whom have some connection with the Army installations in the area. There are a lot of things to do in Pachmarhi.

It is frequented by around one lakh visitors a year People bring along tridents that are of a symbolic nature and climb the Chauragarh Hill to keep them near Lord Shiva’s shrine.

Things to Do in Pachmarhi

Sightseeing in Pachmarhi has a lot of options. The Pandava caves are an item of most interest to visitors to this area. Located within Pachmari, they are easily accessible through various modes of transport.

Places to see in Pachmarhi include Dhoopgarh which is the highest point in Madhya Pradesh and accessible by car or by trekking. The Bee Falls are a must see in this area as they provide a gorgeous view. The falls are the source of water for the whole of Pachmarhi.

Jata Shankar caves, the place where Lord Shiva is believed to have concealed himself from the wrath of Bhaismasur, the Mahadeo hills which contain a shrine to Lord Shiva and home to one of the most beautiful Shiva Lingas in the world, and Handi Khoh, one of the most exquisite ravines and rich in mythological history are all Pachmarhi places to visit.

Food and Shopping in Pachmarhi

Metal artifacts made by the Bastar community of this area are very popular items among tourists and is an important Pachmarhi tourist place. Local paintings in Pachmarhi are collectibles which can be used to beautifully decorate your home. Though shopping in the town will not leave you with many extravagant items, the unique canopy work of the locals are interesting and agricultural implements can be found in the weekly markets hosted by the locals. Other famous places in Pachmarhi the local honey and herbal Ayurvedic medicine shops.

Accommodation in Pachmarhi

As constructions in the town were stopped around the 1990s, most hotels in Pachmarhi are restored colonial buildings that still retain their old world charm and are also great places to visit in Pachmarhi. Pre-booking is a must as this region is very popular among tourists and pilgrims. Ask about Pachmarhi tours so you do not miss out on any Pachmarhi sightseeing. If you are wondering about how to reach Pachmarhi, there are frequent trains and buses that travel frequently to the town. It is easy for the discerning traveller to find accommodation at hotels in Pachmarhi.

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Pachmarhi Traveller Reviews

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Hemant Narang

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  • Hemant Narang
  • 10 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  339 readers

"Pachmarhi, a wonderful travel destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's a nice little hillside town, full of satpura forest and mountain all round. It's worth visiting for caves, natural fountains, forestry area, animals, old Lord Shiva temple.
The resorts are worth enjoying.
The people are lovely.
Well connected by road from Bhopal.
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  • Piyushjain
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 56 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3835 readers

"Pachmarhi- city of caves and waterfalls"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 27, 2016
We travelled Pachmarhi in march end for a 3 day, 2 night expedition. We precooked our stay in MP tourism resorts as it was a long weekend and peek time. (Precooking at the local MP tourism office can give you extra 10% discount). Our journey started from pipariya Railway stn .. Had some tea and poha - jalebi at the stn. Which still tempts my taste buds. Hired a cab from there (no need to prebook )towards Pachmarhi. The early morning ride was fabulous through the hills, the greenery, the fresh air and above all the excitement to reach the place we had so much heard of.
We checked in at Hotel Highland for our 1st day stay. It's located right at the entrance of the city near to the taxi stand. It's a nice budget property with plenty of greenery and lots of activity for children. The food at the hotel is OK types. There's a very stylish bus which starts from this hotel for city tour, though it's always advisable to hire your personal cab.
1st day - we covered the non forest spots of Pachmarhi, namely the Jatashankar, the Bada and chota Mahadev, Handi kho, priyadarshini point, green valley, rajendra giri sunset pont. Among these we really loved the Jatashankar and Bada Mahadev for the beautiful trek through the caves and their mythological significance. Lots of ayurvedic stuff are sold at Jatashankar which can arguably cure all your medical ailments. The 1st day tour was both enthralling and tiring as there was a bit of trek at virtually all the spots.
2nd day- we checked in to hotel Champak bunglow which is probably the best stay at Pachmarhi. It is located in the cantt. Region near the forest zone. We decided to cover the forest zone spots in our 2nd day. After taking necessary permit, we moved straight to the Bees Fall. There's quite a bit of trek to reach the fall, but the sheer beauty of the place and the refreshing dip in the waterfall, with a little rain in the air took all our tiredness away.
After having lunch and little rest we ventured for paragliding, saw pandav caves, reechgarh, champak lake and then back to hotel as it started raining heavily.
3rd day - we just relaxed at the resort and enjoyed it's ambience, greenery, pool, and sumptuous food. Above all we recharged our energy batteries which were so very much drained during our 1st 2 days.
There are many more spots in Pachmarhi which we couldn't cover due to scarcity of time and energy - duchess fall, apsara fall, Rajat pratap, dhoopgarh, chauragarh to name a few.
We left the hotel for our evening train with happy memories and a desire to come back again to see the remaining spots.
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Vivek Shrivastava

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  • Vivek Shrivastava
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1784 readers

"Vivek Shrivastava"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 17, 2016
Pachmarhi is nice place to visit specially in rainy season. Cloud looks like they are kissing you, playing with you.
I visited after long. Most of the places are well developed.
Bee fall is just excellent. One can get relaxed here. Still need more facilities like wash room and change room for ladies ..
Sunset at Dhoopgarh is awesome.
Chouragarh, you can never forget.
Botanical garden is nice place. Deheliyas are very big in size and blossom with full size.
There are monopoly of drivers association. Their charges are very high. It should be reasonable. Most of the place you can visit with your own vehicle except Bee fall.
Everyone must visit Pachmarhi once.
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  • Sudhir
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2269 readers

"Pachmarhi is very good place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 30, 2016
Totally natural remorse, waterfall bade Mahadev hills and hotel you will get everywhere. Pachmarhi totally depend on tourist place, little expensive but it's part of every tourist place. You should go over there but before going select good hotel and service is so poor in some hotel so be careful.
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Atharav-raj Yadav

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  • Atharav-raj Yadav
  • Lives in Indore
  • 2 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  3039 readers

"Nice journey but have to keep walking"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 16, 2016
The place is almost good. But makes us tired because for every sightseeing, we have to walk for 2 to 4 km. Chauragarh is a must visit place. Other people who are coming from its peak point will say that it is the worst. But when you will go on the peak, you will say only one word - Amazing.
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Tushar Patoliya

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  • Tushar Patoliya
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 32 photos
  • 32 Reviews
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  •  12695 readers

"Unique hill station experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 7, 2016
Bee fall to pandav caves and from Temple to lush green land and most important waterfalls.

One of my favorite place to plan 2-3 days weekend trip.

Most of the luxury and best hotels are under MP Tourism one of favourite is HOTEL GLEN VIEW so it is advisable to book the hotel priorly otherwise you have to roam everywhere for the hotel room.
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Ritu Jain

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  • Ritu Jain
  • Lives in Indore
  • 7 Reviews
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  •  9120 readers

"Perfect for nature lovers"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2016
Recently visited Pachmarhi, only hill station in Madhya Pradesh. Main attraction of this hill station is that it is completely natural. Local authorities have not touched or alter its natural beauty either its caves or waterfalls. You have to trek to reach all its waterfalls as there is no shortcuts or roads have been made by authorities like they did in every other hill stations. Here you will find yourself in the lap of nature with low network in your phone. ;)

Famous places of pachmarhi includes Jatashankar temple, Pandav Caves, Rajat Prapat, Bee fall, Handi khoh, Apsara Vihar, Reechgarh, Bade Mahadev, Chauragarh, Dhupgarh. You have to take local jeeps to access all these places along with forest guide. We had been there for 2 days so could not cover all sightseeings. Make plan for at least 3-4 days to cover all places. Remember you have to trek to reach these places.

It is a small hill station with small market. Not so good for shopping but food is good.

We Tried to cover as much places as possible so it was hectic. We did trekking, took bath under bee fall (best experience of Pachmarhi), stroll around the streets.

Best season to visit Pachmarhi is between July to October. You will only see greenery but can not bath or go near falls as it is not permissible during monsoon. So plan your tour according to your choice.
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Kirit chauhan

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  • Kirit chauhan
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  3427 readers

"Good hill station to visit"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2016
Good hill station to visit. Good atmosphere. Climate was little hot between 11am to 4 pm. Good sightseeing spots. Roads were bumpy at approaching spots. You feel uneven road on your spine while travelling in gypsy which is mandatory to hire. Govt needs to improve approach road condition to sightseeing spots. Also need to remake steps at all spots which are in most pathetic condition. Will avoid spot accidents for elders where there is no hospital for treatment. Also sign boards are very rare, need more especially while on tracking. Overall good place to enjoy fully if infrastructure improves. M. P. Govt needs to make plan to improve infrastructure, make budget and spend to improve. Today they are bit passive. Time has changed.
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Soma Rao

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  • Soma Rao
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Quiet and Secluded Holiday Spot"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
Pachmarhi is a good place if you are looking to go to a less crowded destination. It is the only hill station of Madhya Pradesh.

We drove down from Nagpur. The drive was a comfortable 5 hour without much traffic. Pachmarhi is a cantonment town and well connected from Bhopal also.

We visited around mid June when the climate was beautiful - it was raining with a lot of greenery around. Some of the major tourist attractions are the Pandav Caves (believed to be built by the Pandavas during their exile), Jatashankar and Mahadeo caves and the Bee Fall.

The view from the Pandav Caves (from where the place derived its name) and the Sunset point are great. Bee Fall is a steep walk down a lot of steps, so be ware if you are travelling with kids.

Overall, its a secluded and peaceful town amid nature if that's the kind of vacation you are looking away from the hustle bustle of noisy destinations.
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Joyti Kapoor

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  • Joyti Kapoor
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good destination to get relaxed"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
Pachmarhi is good place for a summer holiday. In the month of March it has a good greenery everywhere. It is a good place to relax your body. No pollution no noise. And it has so many waterfalls. There are good communication facility from Bhopal & Indore. Even it has good road connectivity. But if you are going with your own vehicle you have park it in your hotel. As in Pachmarhi you have to use the 4*4 vehicle to see the spots. There is local 4*4 gypsy available there in Pachmarhi. At very affordable cost.
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