Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart

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Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal

The only hill station in the heart of India, a.k.a Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is truly a Rani (Queen) that will surely capture your soul for its everlasting beauty.

A perfect place to chill out with your family. My grandparents also went along with us, and they literally enjoyed every second of it. If you ever plan to travel Madhya Pradesh, make sure to include this enchanting place in your travel list.

We traveled in the month of December, and I would say, it was the best time to visit the place, as weather was the amalgamation of good amount of coolness and sunny vibes. Even being a hill station, there is not snowfall here; but as soon as we entered the quaint place, the cool breeze didn't fail to soothe our souls.

Day 1

All set to go!

Photo of Hotel highland, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

My naniji killing it while giving a pose

Photo of Hotel highland, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

We stayed at Hotel Highland which in the cantonment area owned by MP tourism, and I really loved the outdoor of the place decorated with beautiful gardens. The hotel rooms were fine, but the food in the restaurant was delicious.

Photo of Bison Lodge Museum, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

Bison museum

Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal

The first location that we went was Bison lodge museum. Even though there is nothing much to see here except a small museum displaying the flora and fauna of the place, but it is mandatory to go here to hire a gypsy as Dhoopgarh is one such location where individual's vehicles are not permitted. These are government approved, and the tourists have to go in gypsy.

Dhoopgarh is the highest point of the Satpura range. It is famous for sunset and sunrise. Unfortunately for us, we went there on Wednesday, and on Wednesdays, the route to the place closes at 4:00 P.M. So, if you want to experience the sunset from the place, plan your trip accordingly.

Even we were unable to see the sunset, but the place didn't fail to cast its magical spell on us. The 20 minutes drive to the place was worth it. We witnessed the sun-kissed hills and greenery all around, which nothing but magnificent. No humans nearby, just silence all around, and it seemed like going to all together a different world.

Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal
Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal
Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal

When we reached the top of the hill, it was the panoramic view of the entire valley surrounding us. Crystal blue sky, cool breeze, dazzling sunshine and lush green fauna all around. Since we reached the place around 12, it was practically empty.

Our next stop was Reechgarh. As per the locals, many years back, few tribal people, witnessed a bear (reech) in the caves, and hence the name Reechgarh was given to the place. However, now there are no bears in the area, thereby making this place a perfect spot for the people to explore. Another story is that when British ruled, they named this place as ridge as it is a ridge of hills, which the locals pronounced as reech.

Photo of Reechgarh Pachmarhi, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

After reaching the foothills, there is hiking of 1-2 km. The trekking here is unique as it provides an off the beaten path experience. The place is a majestic terrain with a canyon that is home to caves, caverns, and rock formations. The caves seem like natural air-conditioned, and on reaching the destination all the tiredness seems to melt away.

I have just one-word bee falls - mind-blowing! The buzzing sound of gushing water (hence the name bee falls), it is a must-visit place. The hike to the fall is easy, but the climb back will make your heart and lungs to work more rigorously as one has to climb the stairs to go back, but I fell in love with the place. It is just beautiful, wild and free.

My mummy and nanaji enjoying the view

Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal

The mighty bee falls

Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal
Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal
Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal
Photo of Pandav Caves, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

As the legends say, Pachmarhi has been named after the 5 Pandavas, so the trip to the hill station is complete without going to the place which has the roots of the great saga of the Indian history. It is said these caves were built by the Pandavas during their exile.

View from the top

Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal

The caves are now well-maintained with a beautiful garden at the base and the hilltop of the caves provides a vantage point.

Photo of Pachmarhi Lake, Pachmarhi Cantt, Madhya Pradesh by Saloni Singhal

With my nanaji

Photo of Pachmarhi Lake, Pachmarhi Cantt, Madhya Pradesh by Saloni Singhal

Set for zip-lining

Photo of Pachmarhi Lake, Pachmarhi Cantt, Madhya Pradesh by Saloni Singhal

Every hill station is synonymous with a lake, and so does Pachmarhi. The lake is not big, but it is clean, and one can spend an hour here. One can also opt for any water sport activities like zip-lining and boating. We did both, and I thoroughly enjoyed both. The aerial view from zip-lining was beautiful.

Photo of RAJENDRA GIRI, Pachmarhi Cantt, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

Happiness!

Photo of RAJENDRA GIRI, Pachmarhi Cantt, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

Going to a hill station, and not watching the sunset is a serious crime. Even though, we were unable to view sunset from Dhoopgarh, we chose another alternative. The place was packed, but we managed to find a good spot. Also, the graden was decorated with beautiful flowers, and it was nothing less than a perfect place to watch the sunset. The saying 'Sunsets are proof that the endings can be beautiful too' seemed true.

Day 2

Enroute Jatashanker

Photo of Jatashankar, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal
Photo of Jatashankar, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

Caved where the shrine is present

Photo of Jatashankar, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

After filling our bellies with sumptuous breakfast, we decided to start our day with the blessings of Lord Shiva. It is said that the shrines are built naturally without any human intervention. The trek down to the caves shrine is beautiful and the path is covered with numerous small shops selling herbs and medicines. The route is rocky but is full of positive vibes. On reaching the main caves, the temperature lowered a bit, but it felt great. Since the photography inside the caves is not allowed, I tried to capture as much possible of this alluring place.

Bade mahadev caves

Photo of Bada Mahadev Caves, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

Continuing with our pilgrim journey of Lord Shiva, our next stop was Bade Mahadev. The place is bombarded with monkeys, however, they don't bother anyone, they sure manage to give you a heart attack for the first time. Just make sure, don't take out any eatables and don't try to scare them off because they are at majority, and aggravating them would be the last thing you want to do.

Yet another beautiful picture of my naniji

Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal

The caves are similar to that of Jatashankar, only the climb is quite simple as there are well-built stairs. Adjacent to the Mahadev caves, there is a small cave of Goddess Parvati in which the shrine of the goddess is created naturally.

Gupt caves amidst jungle

Photo of Gupt Mahadev, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

The last leg of the Lord Shiva pilgrimage is Gupt Mahadev. The walk to through a thin jungle where you can hear the chirping of the birds and silence of nature. Since the name gupt (meaning - hidden), the cave is quite narrow, and you'll have to walk sideways to reach the main shrine.

Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal

All the 3 caves are unique in their own ways, and none failed to bathe me in the tranquility of peace. Nature never ceases to amaze with you the wonders that it can do, and I always get captivated by it.

Photo of Handi Khoh, Pachmarhi Cantt, Madhya Pradesh, India by Saloni Singhal

Handi Koh was our last stop, and it is a deep valley in the middle of a dense forest that is shaped in the form of a handi (Meaning - pot), hence the name.

Smile please!

Photo of Pachmarhi - Satpura ki Rani that stole my heart by Saloni Singhal

Although there is not much to do here, the place has its own charm and being a nature lover, I loved this place.

This is my story of my family trip to Pachmarhi where we made innumerable memories. Hope it will help you if are planning to visit this ecstatic queen.

Costs

Hotel: ₹2600 per room (including breakfast for 2 people)

Safari gypsy : ₹2500 for 5 people (gypsy + guide + visitor fees)

Zip-lining: ₹250 per person

Boating: ₹250 per person

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