Overview of Pachmarhi :Pachmarhi is a hill station in Madhya Pradesh state of central India. It has been the location of a cantonment (Pachmarhi Cantonment) since British Raj. 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 Madhya Pradesh and the Satpura range, is located here.
The name Pachmarhi is believed to be derived from the Hindi words Panch ("five") and Marhi ("caves"). According to a legend, these caves were built by five Pandava brothers of Mahabharatha era during their fourteen years of exile. The caves are situated on a hilltop and provide an excellent vantage point.
British arrival, Pachmarhi region came under the kingdom of the Gond king Bhawut Singh, although it was a populated village or town at that time. Captain James Forsyth of the British Army along with Subhedar Major Nathoo Ramji Powar who was later made the Kotwal (Incharge of the armoury (Koth)of Pachmarhi, spotted the plateau in the Pachmarhi region in 1857, while leading his troops on the way to Jhansi. It quickly developed into hill station and sanatorium for British troops in the Central Provinces of India.
Pachmarhi By Air:- Bhopal airport is the nearest airport to reach Pachmarhi, which is about 197 km away. Major airlines connect Bhopal to various cities in India, including Gwalior, Mumbai and Delhi. Flights are available to Sharjah and Dubai from Bhopal airport. Delhi is the major International airport nearest to Pachmarhi.
Pachmarhi By Train :-Pipariya is the nearest railway station, which is 48 km away from Pachmarhi. Pipariya is on the main line to Mumbai – Howrah and most of the major trains stop at this junction. Pipariya is connected to major Indian cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Delhi.
Pachmarhi By Bus :- Regular bus services are available from Pachmarhi to Chhindwara, Pipariya and Bhopal daily. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation buses and many private buses ply on this route.