|— hill station —|
|Elevation||1,100 m (3,600 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
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 ("Queen of Satpura"), situated at a height of 1100 m in a valley of the Satpura Range in Hoshangabad district. Dhupgarh, the highest point (1,350 m) in the central India region and the Vindhya and Satpura range, is located here.
Pachmarhi region was the kingdom of the 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 the 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 3,020, 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.
The town is not very large, and most of its area is under the administration of the Pachmarhi Cantonment Board, serving the Indian Army. The population of Pachmarhi is about 10,000, most of whom are connected with the Army installations in the area.
The civilian portion of the town lies towards the tip of a lake. It has some hotels and a movie hall. A bazaar runs through the small town. A club and golf course exist, for the usage of military personnel.There are several hotels situated such as hotel Utkarsh.
A rarely used airstrip is situated near Dhupgarh. It 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 Pachmarhi Cantonment. The indian army education corps is sited there.
Pachmarhi is a popular tourist retreat. Tourists visit Pachmarhi throughout the year. Pachmarhi also has a lot of cave paintings in the forests, some of which have been estimated to be as much as 10,000 years old. Shown in the picture is the garden at the base of a tourist attraction called Pandava Caves. The caves are 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.
hotels are there which caters are Hotel Utkarsh
Some of the places of tourist interest here are:
- Rajat Prapat (large waterfall)
- Bee Fall
- Dhoot Akhilesh
- Bada Mahadev
- Gupt Mahadev
- Chauragarh (Shiv devotees come here in huge numbers during Mahashivratri)
- Dhupgarh (the highest peak of the Satpuras and Madhya Pradesh)
- Handi Khoh (deep valley)
- Apsara Falls (fairy pool)
- Jatashankar (stalagmite-filled cave in a deep ravine)
- Duchess Fall
- Pachmarhi Hill (whole view of Pachmarhi City)
- Pansy Pool
- Waters Meet
- Picadilly Circus
- Crumps Crag
- Lady Robertson's View
- Colletin Crag
- Mount Rosa
- Handi Kho
- Rajendra Giri (beautiful gardens with natural scenery)
- Bansri Bihar
- Little Fall
- Draupadi Kund
- Mid Point of India
Pachmarhi is well connected from Bhopal and Indore. Buses start from Habibganj ISBT of Bhopal and generally take close to 5–6 hours to reach Pachmarhi. The buses move through different towns like Hoshangabad, Babai, Sohagpur and Pipariya. Pipariya is the nearest railhead.
- "Three Indian sites added to UNESCO list of biosphere reserves". Sify. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
- "UNESCO Designates 22 New Biosphere Reserves". Environment News Service. May 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
- Singh, Balendra P. and Upadhyay, Ravi (2011): "Ecotourism and its effects on wildlife of Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve". African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 5(9), pp. 717–721, September 2011. Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJEST .ISSN 1996-0786
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- About Pachmarhi and its History
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