Serene Pachmarhi
THE SATPURA RANGE The tallest and only
Queen of Satpura
Panchmarhi - Satpura Ki Rani
22.4674° N, 78.4346° E Location

Serene Pachmarhi

  • Flora & Fauna in Panchmarhi

    Listed in UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for its flora and fauna

  • Cool & Pleasant Hill Station

    Located at an altitude of 1100m which keeps this hill station cool and pleasant

  • India's Highest Waterfalls

    Listed among India’s highest waterfalls, Rajat Prapat, found here, has a single drop of 351 ft

  • Pandava's Caves in Panchmarhi

    It is believed that the 5 Pandavas visited this place and stayed in caves during their exile

  • Satpura National Park

    Part of the vast Satpura National Park, adding its charm with several varieties of trees

The British officer who found this treasure

British Officer Found the Treasure

The tale behind Pachmarhi's name

The Tale Behind Panchmarhi's Name

Situated at 1100 m, Pachmarhi, popularly known as 'Satpura ki Rani' (Queen of Satpura), sits beautifully, embellished by nature and history, amidst the Satpura range. Legend says the Pandava brothers visited Pachmarhi during their exile.

This beautiful region in the hills, was discovered by Captain James Forsyth in 1857. This most popular hill station of Madhya Pradesh is a treasure with ancient caves of the Buddhist era residing in harmony with serene waterfalls.

Pachmarhi is sure to make you feel calm, the way you felt when you put your bare feet on the garden grass for the first time, as a child.

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How to get here?

Reaching by Air

Reaching Panchmarhi by Air

Bhopal airport (195 kms) is the nearest airport. Major airlines connect Bhopal to various cities in India that include Gwalior, Mumbai and Delhi.

Reaching by Rail

Reaching Panchmarhi by Rail

The nearest rail station is Pipariya (50 kms). It is on the Mumbai-Howrah line and is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bangalore.

Reaching by Road

Reaching Panchmarhi by Road

Bus services to Pachmarhi are available from Bhopal, Nagpur, Jabalpur, Chhindwara, Pipariya and other places. There are 7 buses daily to Bhopal which take just 6-7 hours. Buses are operated by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation as well as other private companies.

Col. James Forsyth gave Pachmarhi the fame it deserves

James Forsyth

The green environs of Panchmarhi

Pachmarhi is quite a treasure in itself with its natural beauty and ancient caves. But this Indian treasure was discovered by a British officer named James Forsyth.

Back in 1857, Colonel Forsyth, a Bengal Lancer, was headed towards Jhansi. On his way, he spotted this beautiful region replete with natural beauty. The British soon developed it as a resort for their forces. J. Forsyth further added to the popularity of Pachmarhi by praising its beauty in his famous book 'The Highlands of Central India'.

The colonial charm of the British era still lingers over the cantonment in the form of cottages and bungalows that reflect the grandness of British architecture. Pachmarhi and its surrounding forests are a part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve as well.

No surprise then that this beautiful region has been attracting visitors from India and abroad, year on year.

5 caves by 5 Pandavas gave us 'Pachmarhi'

Caves from Mahabharata Era

Pandav Caves

Legend says that the 5 Pandava brothers had visited Pachmarhi during their exile. They excavated '5', means 'Pach' in Hindi, 'caves', which means 'marhi', for their shelter.

As per the epic Mahabharata, the Pandavas were forced into exile on losing everything in a game of dice with the Kauravas. The Pandavas were to spend a year in anonymity as a part of their exile. Agreeing to these terms, the Pandavas set out. While passing through Pachmarhi, they excavated 5 caves in the sandstone hills for their shelter.

These caves are still in existence and have gained popularity as a major tourist spot. But most geologists say that these caves must have been in existence even before the Mahabharata era.