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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pachmarhi - A beautiful travel destination in India

Pachmarhi is a hill station of Madhya Pradesh situated on a large plateau Mahadeo hills of Satpura ranges. It is widely known as “Queen of Satpura”. Mostly it is visited by domestic tourists from all over the India especially from Maharashtra, Gujarat, and West Bengal. A land with a long and deep historical past, India is a favorite choice of many Indian travelers.

Every part of this hill station is an attraction in itself and you need not go looking for places that are a treat to the eyes.

Travel Destinations in Pachmadi


Situated just 10 km from the town, this is an important cave shrine for Hindus. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Reaching here is a bit strenuous as the only way is through deep Sal forests and sharp curves.

Priyadarshini Point

Priyadarshini point is definitely the best places that gives you the chance to get a clear view of the entire hill station and the nearby areas. This is the spot from where this magnificent hill station was discovered by Captain James Forsyth in the year 1857. The point was originally named after him as Forsyth Point but was later named as Priyadarshini Point. If possible, you should visit this point during the late evenings to witness the magnificent sunset from this point.

Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park adds an extras edge to the already picturesque locations in Pachmarhi. The park was established in the year 1981 and covers an area of 524 sq. km. The park is rich with a wide variety of flora and fauna. The forest area is full evergreen Sal trees, teak and bamboo trees. The wildlife of the park has animals like Tigers, Leopards, Bisons, blue bull and many more. Also find a large variety of birds, both migratory and resident, flocking in the park. Jeep safari is the best way to explore the many fascinations of the park. It will take around 3 days to complete the 200 km route. There are good staying options as well in and around Satpura National Park.

Chouragarh – Chouragarh is 1316Mts.above mean sea level .It is nearly 3 Km from Bada Mahadeo.To reach the top of the hill one has to climb around 1,250 steps. As an offering to lord Shiva thousands of of Trishuls (Tridents_ are put by the devotees on the top, some of which weigh around 3 to 4 quintals.Chouragarh presents beautiful scenes of dense forest, valleys, hills & distant tribal villages in lap of Satpuras.

Sun Set Point

There are many hotels and resorts in Pachmadi to stay. One of the best resorts I've stayed in is Taj resort. Taj Resort is a budget hotel with all modern facilities.  4 Wheel drive vehicles are available to pick you up from your resort to the destination. They also have some packaged destinations on per day basis that needs to be negotiated with the driver. Mr. Khader, the driver of the 4 wheel drive I hired was hospitable and took us to all the spots that were visited by most of the visitors. He was friendly enough to take our snaps and also helpd us find a good restaurant to have food in between the sight seeing tour.