Madhya Pradesh’s sole hill station is in the Hoshangabad district, called Pachmarhi. This tranquil hill station is located at a height of 1067 meters. Pachmarhi has been dubbed the queen of the Satpuras. Nestled in the Satpura ranges, this sizeable plateau is encircled by soaring hills. The whispering woods, babbling brooks and craggy peaks lend character to Pachmarhi. Spectators are struck by Pachmarhi’s lush expanse. Pachmarhi is renowned as the green jewel of the hills. Every hue of green will confront and afford you a sense of calm. The placid pools of azure blue water and the hills covered in various shades of green have a healing quality. A feeling of mystique washes over you at dusk. The red sandstone absorbs a palette of colors from the sky shooting off shades of purple and violet, while the sun sets on Pachmarhi. Nature has been particularly bountiful here.
Buses are available at frequent intervals to travel to Pachmarhi from Pipariya, Bhopal, Nagpur, Hoshangabad, and Chhindwara. Standard Madhya Pradesh Tourism buses are operated between Bhopal and Pachmarhi. Taxi services can be availed from Pipariya. Pipariya is the closest railhead at a distance of only 47 kilometers. The nearest airport would be Bhopal at a distance of 195 kilometers. Pachmarhi is magnificent throughout the year.
Captain James Forsyth of the British Army introduced Pachmarhi to the Western world in the year 1857. Pachmarhi was utilized as a sanatorium for the British troops as the summer capital of the Central Provinces.
Pachmarhi is a charming little town surrounding the lake. There is a market in this little town, a few hotels, one cinema hall, a golf course and club. Some of the rarest plants and orchids in India are found here. Several wild animals are found here since this area lies within the perimeters of the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve. Wild boar, panthers, tigers, peacock, langurs and other monkeys are common to these forests.
If there is one thing one will find here, it is camps. The milieu here is very conducive for camping. That’s the reason you will find winter training camps, mountaineering camps and scout camps conducted most of the year round. Children and adults alike arrive here to pitch their tents and light campfires, telling stories and dancing round it. You will never be too far from pools of water. Several Sal trees have ant hills under them that look like modern art.