Pachmadi / Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is a hill station in Madhya Pradesh state of central India, also known for the Pachmarhi Cantonment. It is widely known as Satpura ki Rani, situated at a height of 1100 m in a valley of the Satpura Range in Hoshangabad district.

Pachmarhi is a hill station in Madhya Pradesh state of central India. It is widely known as ” Satpura ki Rani” (Queen of Satpura), situated at a height of 3000 ft. 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 3500 feet is located here.

History
The area was discovered in the modern times 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.

Location
45 kilometres by road from Piparia station on the Indian Railways. Piparia is on the Itarsi Jabalpur train line, a 2 hrs train run from Jabalpur. All the trains on this line pass through Piparia, but only a few halt here. Its main connection to the world is the road link through Matkuli. The 35 km Matkuli – Pachmarhi road is the only metalled road to Pachmarhi. It is well maintained and offers an enjoyable drive with picturesque views. From here it is connected to Piparia, the nearest rail head. The nearest airport is Bhopal from where it has good road connectivity too. Matkuli is also approachable from Sohagpur, Jabalpur, Chhindwara and Bhopal as well as Itarsi and Hoshangabad.

Pachmarhi is a tourist retreat. During the Diwali and winters season many tourists visit this place, and there are reasonable facilities to accommodate them . 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 Pachmarhi Biosphere Preserve, created in 1999 to link two forest reserves and into a larger wildlife conservation area. — 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/ felling of trees is allowed. Having rich and some rare flora as well as fauna Pachmarhi needs a central and state government approval for any new construction outside the town area.

Town
The town is not very large, and most of the area is under Army control, overall it is a small town of about 10000 population, the majority of it being the army. The civilian town is small and towards the tip of a lake. It has some hotels and 1 movie hall. A bazaar runs through the small town. There is a large swathe under the Army control, which includes the area near the club and the Golf Course. A rarely used airstrip is towards Dhupgarh. It is overrun with grass and is seldom used. Tigers are known to have been sighted near the airstrip. Panther sitings are common along the edge of the cantonment.

Places of Interest
Satpura National Park, Rajat Prapat (Silver Fall),
Bees Fall, Pandav Caves, Gupt Mahadev,
Chauragarh, Dhupgarh (The highest peak of the Satpuras), Handi Kho (Deep Valley), Priyadarshini, Apsara Falls, Jatashanker, Saunderkund,
Big Fall and Duchess Fall.

 

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Flora and Fauna
The location is known for several rare plants including some rare orchids in it’s unique topography containing thick forests and rocky ravines, Tiger, Panther, Wild boar, peacock, monkeys and Langurs are found in the forests. It is a part of a National Park.

 

Pachmarhi – How to Reach
Tourist are required to alignt at Pipariya – the nearest Railway station (45 Km).
Pipariaya is on Jabalpur – Itarasi (Mumbai – Howrah track) Line and accessisible via Jabalpur, Itarasi and Bhopal.
From Pipariya tourist can hire private taxis or board on shared Jeeps which ply between Pipariya and Pachmarhi.
State Transport Buses are also available to reach Pachmarhi from Pipariya.

Transportation in and around Pachmarhi is easily available. You may take your pick from the taxis, jeeps and buses. In case you wish to do the sightseeing at your own slow pace and explore the trailheads hire a bicycle.

Pachmarhi – Fairs and Festivals
Pachmarhi is renowned for its Shivratri mela. The religious festival celebrates the marriage of Lord Shiva with Parvati. The annual event takes place in the month of February/March. To mark the occasion devotes throng the Mahadeo Temple, 10 km south of Pachmarhi. They carry symbolic tridents and plant them on top of the nearby, Chauragarh hill.

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