Pachmarhi is discovered by British Army Captain – James Forsyth in 1857 and wrote book on Pachmarhi called “The Highlands of Central India”. Dense forests and its in-accessibility for normal person had made it a safe place for hideout for freedom fighters like Rani Jhansi, Tatya Topa etc. Presence of 5 ancient caves had made it famous with the name of Pachmarhi where “Panch” means five and”Marhi” means caves. Its scenic beauty and climate had made it popular among britishers during pre-independence era in summer season.
Pachmarhi is a hill station of Madhya Pradesh situated on a large plateau Mahadeo hills of Satpura ranges. It is widely known as “Queen of Satpura”. Pachmarhi lies in Hoshangabad district of among all tourist spots of Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is the most favorite tourist spot among domestic tourists of India. Mostly it is visited by domestic tourists from all over the India especially from Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal. Pachmarhi sightseeing is of 2-3 days long. Satpura National Park is also another attraction for Pachmarhi visitors as Tigers are there in Park.
Pachmarhi Hill Station is situated at the height of 3555 feet from sea level. Pachmarhi is mostly visited during Diwali, New-year eve and summer vacation times. Pachmarhi has all characteristics of scenic beauty of Nature. Waterfalls, streams, wild-life and presence of some rare species of medicinal plants has made it most picturesque tourist spot of Madhya Pradesh. pachmarhi-bee-fall
Pachmarhi is a small town and most of its area is under Pachmarhi Cantonment. Cantonment was established in year 1872. Civilian town of Pachmarhi is small and towards the tip of lake. Most of the civilian area is driven by tourism activities like offering hotels to visitors, selling gift-items etc. There is no big shopping-malls or large hotels in Pachmarhi. Most of the hotels of Pachmarhi are small of approximately 15 to 30 rooms offers only vegetarian meals. Shop-keepers mostly offers small gift items like marble items, jute-items, wooden gift items etc.. Main customers for them are tourists and families of Army personals. When heat waves makes life tough in cities, soothing breeze serenely flows across Pachmarhi. During Rainy season Pachmarhi becomes like a newlywed bride. Tourists staying at the cottages have to entertain the clouds as guests and enjoy their company. There is greenery all around, the chirping of birds creates a magic of its own kind. Nature is at its best in Pachmarhi where the beauty of nature never gets fade. Here you can enjoy Para gliding, trekking, and adventurous cycle ride. Pachmarhi is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh. Unlike Kashmir, Shimla, mussourie Pachmarhi is no widely known. Lack of railway connectivity and longer distance from the metro cities, the beauty is still a hidden treasure. It has fame only inside the boundaries of Madhya Pradesh. It came into news when the leading personality of India the former President Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Ram Manohar Lohiya, Jai Prakash Narayan started visiting Pachmarhi.
The nearest Airport to Pachmarhi is Bhopal's Raja Bhoj Airport about 200kms. And Jabalpur's Dumna Airport about 250kms. away from Pachmarhi. Nearest railway station to Pachmarhi is Pipariya railway station which is about 52 kms away from Pachmarhi. Pipariya railway station is on Howrah-Mumbai main line and almost all passing-by trains use to stop here.
Private public carrier Jeeps and Buses are available at Pipariya Railway Station all the time for transfers to Pachmarhi and vice versa at reasonable charges. Surface connectivity of Pachmarhi is also very good as it is well connected with Jabalpur, Bhopal, Nagpur and Chindwara. Nagpur is about 250 kms from Pachmarhi.