Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh – Satpura Ki Rani
Lying in the Satpura hill ranges, Pachmarhi is a quaint hill station in Madhya Pradesh. A popular tourist destination from both North, Central and West India, Pachmarhi is visited by travelers all round the year. It is popularly known as ‘Satpura Ki Rani’ or the ‘Queen of Satpura Hill Range’.
Pachmarhi is not very large town and for the most part is an Army Cantonment. The forests around the main town forming part of the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve, along with numerous streams & waterfalls, make for a wonderful natural landscape, which attracts many tourists. The main places of tourist interest in Pachmarhi are:-
Rajat Prapat (large waterfall) - A horse tailed waterfall, it is said to be the 30th highest waterfall in India. Its name comes from the hindi word ‘Rajat’ meaning Silver, as when sunlight falls on the waterfall, it looks silvery in color.
Bee Fall, Duchess Fall, Little Fall and Apsara Falls (fairy pool) – These are a number of falls in and around Pachmarhi, which are popular for their scenic beauty.
Dhoot Akhilesh, Bada Mahadev and Gupt Mahadev – These are revered Shivaite temples and structures which are frequented by devotees.
Chauragarh - The devotees make a pilgrimage to this place in huge numbers during Mahashivratri.
Dhupgarh – It is the highest peak of the Satpuras and also in Madhya Pradesh.
Jatashankar – It is a stalagmite-filled cave in a deep ravine and very popular amongst adventure tourists.
Pachmarhi Hill – From this hill, one gets a panoramic view of Pachmarhi City.
Rajendra Giri – This is a beautiful garden with wonderful natural landscaping.
Draupadi Kund – A Pond where the epic Mahabharata’s Draupadi is said to have bathed.
Some other places of interest are Pansy Pool, Waters Meet, Picadilly Circus, Patharchatta, Crumps Crag, Lady Robertson’s View, Colletin Crag, Handi Kho , Bansri Bihar, Naagdwari and Reechgarh.
A visit to Pachmarhi hill station is a refreshing break away from the city life and amongst the best of nature offered by Satpuras. It is truly Queen of Satpuras!!
The Pachmarhi Town is well connected from Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh.