Panchmarhi Madhya Pradesh

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Pachmarhi is a hill station in Madhya Pradesh state of Central India, also known as Panchmarhi Cantonment. It is widely known as "Satpura ki Rani" (Queen of Satpura), situated at a height of 1000 m in a valley of the Satpura range in Hoshangabad district. The highest point in the central India region and the Vindhya and Satpura range; Dhupgarh at 1,350 m is located here.

Pachmarhi region was kingdom of Gond tribe king Bhawut Singh . Prior to annexation to the British Empire, it was the capital of this tribal dynasty . The area was introduced to western world by Captain James Forsyth of the British Army in 1857. Pachmarhi became a hill station and sanatorium for British troops in the Central Provinces of India. The population in 1901 was 3020, rising to double that number in the hot summer months. Pachmarhi also served as the summer capital for the Central Provinces. The forest around the town is home to many rare varieties of plants. UNESCO added Pachmarhi park to its list of Biosphere Reserves in May 2009.

A rarely used airstrip is situated near Dhupgarh and is overrun with grass and is seldom used. Tigers are known to have been sighted near the airstrip. Panther sightings are common along the edge of the Panchmarhi Cantonment.

Pachmarhi is a popular tourist retreat. Tourists visit pachmarhi through out the year. There are numerous hotels but only few of them are located in civil area of pachmarhi away from the houch pouch market area. Pachmarhi's elevation and the forests of the Satpuras, with their streams and waterfalls, are picturesque and home to much wildlife. Pachmarhi lies within the Panchmarhi Biosphere Reserves, created in 1999 to link two forest reserves into a larger wildlife conservation area at the highest point in Central India. Pachmarhi also has a lot of cave paintings in the forests, some of which have been dated to be as much as 10000 years old. Shown in the picture is the garden at the base of a tourist attraction called Pandava Caves, the caves are actually Buddhist in origin but the name persists.

The place has rich timber reserves including teak, but being a part of a reserve no new construction or felling of trees is allowed. Having a rich and rare flora as well as fauna, Pachmarhi needs central and state government approval for any new construction outside the town area.

The town has many tourist hotels including the hotel run by Department of Tourism (Govt. of Madhya Pradesh). Private resorts and cottage/hotel facilities are also available. There is also a Bharath Scouts and Guides camping site about 4 km from the main town.

Tourists are advised to carry BSNL mobile network connections as all other networks have not yet started operations in Pachmarhi. It is also advisable to carry hard cash in case of a prolonged vacation since there's only one working SBI (State Bank of India) and Axis Bank ATM there.

Places to visit in Panchmarhi

Rajat Pratap (Big Fall), Bee Fall, Dhoot Akhilesh, Baba Mahadev, Gupt Mahadev, Chauragarh, Dhupgarh, Handi Khoh(Deep Valley), Apsara Falls, Jatashankar, Duchess Falls, Panchmarhi Hills, Pansy pool, Waters Meet, Picadilly circus, Patharchatta, Crumps Crag, Lady Robertson's view, Colletin Crag, Mount Rosa, Reechgarh, Rajendra Giri, Bansri bihar, Little Fall, Naagdwari.

Reaching Panchmarhi

From Satna to Panchmarhi (427 km)

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From Bhopal to Panchmarhi (200 km)

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From Nagpur to Panchmarhi (261 km)

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Panchmarhi Images

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