Pachmarhi Tourism
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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
Officially known as Pachmarhi Cantonment, Pachmarhi is a hill station located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 1067 ft, this hill station lies in the valley of the Satpura Range in Hoshangabad district. This saucer shaped hill station, which spreads over an area of 59.01 sq km, is fondly known as the ‘Queen of Satpura Ranges’.

Pachmarhi is under the administration of the Pachmarhi Cantonment Board, which serves the Indian Army. The region is inhabited by around 10,000 individuals, with most of them being part of the Indian Army. Clubs and golf courses in Pachmarhi are few and are only for the usage of military personnel. Moreover, most of the civilian population lives alongside the lake.

History of Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi, the land of splendid natural beauty was discovered in 1857 by Captain James Forsyth of the Bengal Lance. Soon it became a hill station and sanatorium for British troops in the Central Provinces of India. Pachmarhi owes its name to the Pandava Caves, wherein 'Panch' means five and 'marhi' means caves. In the colloquial language, Pachmarhi is often pronounced as Panchmarhi or Pachmadhi.

Things to do in Pachmarhi

Renowned as the summer capital of the central provinces during the British regime, Pachmarhi still has remnants of the colonial past. The Victorian churches, bungalows and cemeteries render a colonial atmosphere to the town. The pristine hill station is surrounded by forest area, which has been added to the list of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in May 2009. The tribal communities of the Gonds and the Korkus are the native inhabitants of the area.

Some of the major attractions of Pachmarhi are Satpura National Park, Jata Shankar cave, Pandav caves, Fairy Pool and Big Falls. It is also a good place for taking a walk in the forested woods. Activities like parasailing, trekking and rock climbing can also be organised by the local villagers. It is also possible to stay overnight in one of the nearby villages. Tourists can also try various attractive packages options to tour the hills of Pachmarhi.

Travelling to Pachmarhi

The best way to reach Pachmarhi by air is through Bhopal airport, which is the nearest airport to Pachmarhi. It is at about 195 km away from Pachmarhi. Major airlines connect Bhopal to various cities in India that include Gwalior, Mumbai and Delhi. The next nearest airport is at Delhi, the major International airport nearest to Pachmarhi.

Pachmarhi is well connected by train and bus. The nearest rail station is Pipariya, around 50 km away. It is on the Mumbai-Howrah line and is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bangalore. Taxis are available 24 hours at the railway station which can be hired to reach Pachmarhi. SUVs like Scorpios and Tata Sumos are also available at a cost of INR600-700.

Bus services to Pachmarhi are available from Bhopal, Nagpur, Jabalpur, Chhindwara, Pipariya and other places. There are 7 buses daily to Bhopal which takes around 6-7 hours. Buses are operated by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation as well as other private companies.

The best time to visit Pachmarhi is between October and June, when the weather is pleasant and favorable for sightseeing. If visiting in May-June or during the Christmas-New Year period, accommodation options need to be booked in advance. Long weekends can also be crowded with a lot of tourists pouring in to enjoy the pleasant weather.

Accommodation options in Pachmarhi

Hotels in Pachmarhi range from budget hotels and homestays to mountain resorts. Most of the hotels are strategically placed close to the tourist attractions. Jabalpur which is located at around 24 km also has many accommodations to suit the tourist budgets.

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Pankaj Joshi

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  • Lives in Nagpur
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"A beautiful hill station" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted Today
Although Pachmarhi is a year-round destination with a pleasant climate the best time to visit Pachmarhi - a beautiful hill station is between October and June. Since the summer temperatures rarely exceed 37 degree the months of May and June are the peak tourist season in Pachmarhi and one need to get the bookings done well in advance.
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Jyoti  Shrivastav

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"The Queen Of Satpura-Pachmarhi" new review

  • 5/7
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Pachmarhi is a beautiful natural hill station in Hoshangabad district in Madhya paradesh well connected by rail and road. The Pandav Gufa are five ancient caves which give Pachmarhi its name. Amidst Mahadev hills, mesmerising waterfalls like Silver and Bee, Heritage museum, large timber reserve are worth watching. It is declared a reserve area and no construction is permissible. The idea is to keep the locale natural, untouched. Sunset at Dhoopgarh, the highest peak is inexplicable. Chauragarh brings you close to Lord Shiva. Satpura national park is wild life ecstasy.

The sublime landscape and historical cave paintings are all precious possessions of this tourist place leaving the tourists spell bound.

We enjoyed the company, relaxed, visited places in the day time and enjoyed in our cosy cottage in night.

Pachmarhi has a pleasant weather all around the year. It is a perfect blend of nature, heritage, wildlife, religion and adventure.

A must visit for all nature lovers and Travel seekers.
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Abhinav Dwivedi

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"An excellent place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Pachmarhi is the one of the best hill station and the pachmarhi valley is so good and Temple is also good. And the waterfall is the best place in pachmarhi, its amazing. This is the place where we freely enjoy and photoshoot. The place apsara vihar is the place where the movie Ashoka was shooted. The highest point of MP, dhupgarh is awesome place there we feel a pure air or cloud. This place is just half of himalaya and I enjoyed this place.
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Bhavya Trivedi

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"A fabulous place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Fabulous place it was. The place with adventure, religious temple, lots of fall, sightseeing and many more. 3 days became short for whole Pachmarhi visit. Wonderful fall where you can bath with full on enjoyment. In one word -- one time you must visit this place.
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Yogendra Sahu

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"A place of great peace in central India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I am from Raipur, Chhattisgarh and I visited this place as a part of my bike trip, the place is truly awesome, one must do the chauragadh trek its a great feel! Also one can plan this trip as a solo trip as the place is very safe and if you are finding peace its a great place to talk to yourself! I Also recommend to travel via self driven private vehicles (although driving here is a bit tough and tricky but will be a great memory).
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Ashutosh Jha

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"Nice destination for couples" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Initially we planned it because we were from indore so it was close by, we reached there in evening we were tired so had some food and slept.

But in morning it was raining, we opened the window and we were amazed to see the beauty and the greenery.

We got ready for sightseeing some other couples with us were so excited that despite the heavy rain we jumped to the jeep for sightseeing.

We visited pandav cave and some falls and also done the horse riding and camel riding, Mahadev cave.

The place was so good that we enjoyed a lot, no couple can enjoy other than this place it was so beautiful and silence everywhere that you could hear sound of romance.

We stayed there for 2 days and never wanted to come back. With other couples we were like life time friends we helped each other to capture once in a lifetime moment.

Every couple must go there once in a lifetime if they really love each other.
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Vipul Sanghavi

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"Awesome hillstation" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Pachmarhi as tourist destination is fabulous. Falls are very good. Temples are also very good. Very natural. It is a cold place. It's one of the most beautiful place on the earth, known as hill station of MP. Natural beauty all over. Parasailing is also available in Pachmarhi. It is very adventurous.
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Aditya Thombre

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"Awesome place in Budget" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
If you are a group of students who want to bust out the exam stress just head over to Pachmarhi. You don't need to spend hefty sums of money to have world class fun. Great spots and the duchess fall is the best provided you are a good trekker. Almost all hotels are A/C cooled. If you are planning a 4 day vacation and are 4 friends than Rs 5000 is just what you want to have some fun. Good place for family outing too. Jus don't visit during Monsoon as most of the waterfalls will be closed due to heavy rains.
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Sonam Batreja

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"Beautiful destination with lots of scenic beauty"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's one of the most beautiful place on the earth, known as hill station of MP. Natural beauty all over. You can visit there in August. Specially rains make the place more beautiful. Sunset point is worth seeing. Different falls add spice to it. Bee fall most adventurous place to visit. Apsara fall is the most beautiful fall. One must not miss that place. Temples specially jata Shankar, bada Mahadev are worth visiting.
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"The best hill station considering cost as a fact"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
There are other hill stations too which are better than Pachmarhi. The reason I said best because you can see whole Pachmarhi in just 3000 with your whole family in two days . If you are ok to stay in a hotel of 500 rupees a day then it will just take 4000 rupees to visit Pachmarhi including staying. Food is cheap. Don't do shopping take a hat and just have fun.

Review: MY TRIP TO PACHMARHI

It was 1st june when I decided to visit some hill station and utilize the holidays provided by the only profession which is teaching. Got reservation done on 7th. Got down at Jhansi for some bank related work and started my journey on 8th night at 10 pm. Reached Bhopal at 2:30 by Gondwana Express and then went to PIPARIYA by intercity. 

However I did the most foolish act as there was a direct train from NEW DELHI TO PIPARIYA via Jhansi. I could have got reservation in it but i didn't know.

What is PIPARIYA ?
It is the station of Pachmarhi as Pachmarhi has no railway station. People get down here get bus or jeep and reach Pachmarhi which is 52 km or 1 hr away through a beautiful rasta such that you just cannot stop shooting throughout the whole journey. I took some pictures which will be uploaded later.

The cost of reaching Pipariya from Delhi with A/C is above 1400 but from Jhansi it is 1070. Cost of Pipariya to pachmarhi is 60 rupees. Bus of jeep doesn't matter.

When you reach Pachmarhi first of all take a hotel and do bargaining. The only place where I have seen hotel room tariffs are negotiable. Hotel sapna, Himalaya Rajvihar are the ones which offer lowest price of 500 for non-A/C. You won't get less than this. However there are cottages in beautiful locations

The best one is club view which has just awesome rooms and meant for couple. Costing 2600 per day.

Get fresh in hotel come down hire a gypsy. He will charge overall 2500 and you can visit any and every place. This 2500 also includes the cost of tickets.

Couples or single visitors should take a bike on rent which is 500 per day, 9 am to 10pm. He takes your id-proof original that's it and takes money later.

Sunset point dhupgarh is very risky to go by bike as it is so steep that if you don't have bike experience and if you get a bit afraid you will panic. Though I went by bike and there were instances when I was about to fall thousands of feet below. Well I had no option as being single finding gypsy was very difficult for myself.

Just for dhoopgarh couples must take gypsy. If it's akela banda bike is better option. It takes 3 days to completely see Pachmarhi and return satisfied. 4th day would go waste and 2 days are less however one can manage in two days. Viewing Pachmarhi means you're going to a place like vaishnodevi. For almost every place you have to walk a lot and the terrain is very difficult.

Do exercise be fit and then come. But Don't come like me. Though I walked a lot but now I don't feel my legs. So all the best for all of those who might go in future.
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