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Pachmarhi is the one and only 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 1000 m in a valley of the SatpuraRange in Hoshangabad district. The highest point in the central India region and the Vindhya and Satpura range; Dhupgarh at 1100 m is located here.The area was introduced to 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 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. UNESCO added Pachmarhi park to its list of Biosphere Reserves in May 2009.  The town is not very large, and most of the area is under Indian Army's control and lies in Pachmarhi Cantonment, overall population of about 10,000 population, with the majority of it being the Army. 

The civilian town is small and towards the tip of a lake. It has some hotels and a 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 sightings are common along the edge of the Pachmarhi Cantonment. 

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   Must See Places

Priyadarshini (Forsyth Point), Pachmarhi

This vantage (small hole) viewing point marks the place from where Pachmarhi was discovered by Captain Forsyth in 1857. The British developed Pachmarhi as a resort and their influence is embodied in its churches and colonial architecture.

Jamuna Prapat (Bee Fall), Pachmarhi

About 5 kms. away from the city, it is one of the finest falls, situated in the entrancing valleys of Pachmarhi. The imposing stream of water falls from the height of about 150 and lends itself to adoration by the viewers. A fantastic fall in the stream which provides drinking water to Pachmarhi. The bathing pools above the fall are very popular.

Handi Khoh, Pachmarhi

About 4 kms. away from the city, it is a deep valley. It inspires wonder and beauty together while presenting Natures scenery. Pachmarhi's most impressive narrow valley has a 300 feet high cliff and dramatically steep sides.

Apsara Vihar (Fairy Pool), Pachmarhi

Easily accessible from Jai Stambh, this 'fairy pool' is an ideal picnic spot for families with small children, since the pool is shallow, deepening only towards the base of the fall.

Rajat Prapat (Big Fall), Pachmarhi

The magnificent Big Fall from the height and lends itself to love by the viewers. Those seeking adventure will find it in this ten-minute walk over rocks and boulders from Apsara Vihar to the top of Rajat Prapat, the 'big fall'.

Irene Pool, Pachmarhi

This pool was discovered by Irene Bose, wife of Justice Vivian Bose, and named after her. The route upstream leads to a cave, through which the stream goes underground and then over a khud in a series of falls.

Jalawataran (Duchess Falls), Pachmarhi

This fall is one of the most favorite sites for picnic and bath at Pachmarhi. Falling from 20 high point, the large stream of waters flows down to emerge as Sunder Kund. The descent is steep and the trek exhausting for almost all of the 4 km/2 mile to the base of the fall's first flow.

Pandav Caves, Pachmarhi

Five ancient dwellings excavated in the sandstone rock in a low hill. Pachmarhi derives its name from these caves which, as the legend goes, once provided sanctuary to the five Pandav brothers. These caves are now protected monuments.

Reechhgarh, Pachmarhi

About 4 kms. From the city, it is a cave opening on three sides. Tourist feels excited on changing the openings of the cave, interloping each other. A wonderful natural auditorium in the rock, approached through a cave-like entrance on the South-side.

Sangam (Fuller's Khud - Waters Meet), Pachmarhi

It is one of the fine-looking place of Pachmarhi. This is the ordinary of the picnic spots on the Denwa and offers fairly good bathing pools both below and above the meeting of the waters.

Catholic Church, Pachmarhi

Built in 1892 by the British, the Catholic Church is a blend of the French and Irish architecture. Its Belgium stained-glass windows add rare attraction and beauty to the building. The church has a cemetery attached to it and graves date from 1859, World War I & II.

Christ Church, Pachmarhi

Built in 1875 by the British, this Church's architecture is fascinating; its 'sanctum-sanctorum' has a semi-circular dome on top with its ribs ending with faces of angels. The stained glass panes adorning the walls and rear of the altar were imported from Europe. They present a gorgeous view as the sun rays pass through them. The nave of the church does not contain even a single pillar for support. The baptismal font is a rare brass piece and the bell is as old as the church and its chimes can be heard from a long distance.

Pachmarhi Lake

About 1.5 kms. from the city, boating in this lake can provide a welcome relief from the annoying trekking. M.P. Tourism provides boating facilitates for the tourists, which can be used as a stop-over before moving on to Dhoopgarh.

Pachmarhi Utsav

Every Year from 25th December to 30th December, Pachmarhi Utsav (Festival) is held. Cultural Programmes, Folk dances, Comedy Shows, Army Band, and others Sport activities are held. Artisans from all over the country display & sell their merchandise. Food stalls sell different delicious. A carnival is organized in which colorful exhibits are displayed throughout township. Pachmarhi tourism promotion council organizes adventure camp in which rock climbing, parasailing, valley crossing, jungle camp, burma bridge, bike riding, Night trek, commando net, wrappling etc. is taught.

 
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