Pachmarhi – Also called as Satpura ki Rani (Queen of Satpura)

Pachmarhi is one and only hill station in Madhya Pradesh state of India. The name is derived from the Hindi words Panch (five) and Marhi (caves). Since the British rule, this place has been the location of a cantonment, Pachmarhi Cantonment. It is extensively called as Satpura ki Rani (“Queen of Satpura”) due to the location of it at the height of 1100 m in valley of the Satpura Range in Hoshangabad district. The word “Satpura ” is derived from Sanskrit which means Hundred Mountains. The highest point is Dhupgarh in the Satpura Range.

The Pandava Caves are very famous at this place. According to the legends, these caves were built by the Pandavas, five brothers of Mahabharata era during their 14 years of exile. These caves are located on hilltop and has an amazing point of view. The caves were actually Buddhist in origin but the name remain in a state.

Pachmarhi has a lot of cave paintings in the forests and some of them dates back to be as much as 10,000 years old. The place has well off timber reserves along with teak but no cutting of trees or no new construction is allowed because it is a part of the reserve.

Many tourists visit the Catholic Church which is opened only on the Sundays. It is the remains of the British era. The Rajat Prapat waterfall is the 30th highest waterfall in India. There is a reason why it is named so. When sunlight falls on it, there is shinning of silver, also known as Silver Fall. Rajat means “Silver” and Prapat means “Falls”.

There are other places to see around Pachmarhi like Jatashankar and Mahadev caves, B-Hill and B-Falls and many more. In May 2009 UNESCO added Pachmarhi park to its list of Biosphere Reserves.

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