Reverbing greenery hugged by waterfalls, valleys and the fresh mountain air, Panchmarhiis an inspiring place that invites tourists from near and far to unfold itspre-historic caverns, mythological attractions andits stories of the British Raj.
The National Park in Panchmarhi is one of the most popular places in Madhya Pradesh and the wildlife in Panchmarhi is second to none in the world. Fun fact- the Tiger reserve in Panchmarhi is one of the few where you can walk around! Take a wild safari as you see the regal animals in their natural habitat at the park or simply enjoy one of the many hiking trails that lead to historic caves. Owing toits green reserves and forested areas, Panchmarhi offers a gratifying experience around every corner. Lord Shiva’s mythological stories take form here at the many temples that are located on mountain tops and in caves that have water in them all year round.
During the British Raj, Captain James Forsyth fell in love with Panchmarhi’s untouched valleys and mountains and with time, the small hill station was converted to a sanatorium for British troops. Soon many resorts and attractions were made here that boosted thetourismof Madhya Pradesh and today, the humble hill station offers something for everyone. The British influences and buildings are still seen around the town that add their timeless appeal to Panchmarhi.
Visiting the many sunset points that turn the valleys and sky to a warm hue of orange, is a must on your list of places to see when in Panchmarhi. Hikers will love to explore the Satpura range as every turn overlooks a breathtaking view after the other.
Overall, what Panchmarhi offers is a world where there is an immense respect for nature and for other beings and where history is carved out in stones to inspire generations to come!
Essential travel information and Pachmarhi tips for your visit
Time Zone: UTC + 5.30 hours
Currency: INR (Indian National Rupee)
Electricity and Internet: Voltage is 240 Volts with a 50 Hz frequency. High speed internet is available at most hotels. 4G mobile internet has just been launched in India.
Languages: Hindi, Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi and Sindhi. Most people will know basic English. (Due to the various dialects Panchmarhi is also known as Panchmari and Pachmari)
Security: Police-100, Ambulance–108, Fire Brigade-101, Women’s Helpline-109
- Tipping is applicable.
- When travelling by Rickshaws, you can round up the bill.
- Bills at urban restaurants likely include a service charge. However, a small tip at local eateries is entirely by your wish.
- Temples are considered a holy place and you will need to remove footwear before entering.
- Do dress modestly.
- Wearing sturdy shoes will be helpful since most of Panchmarhi is explored amidst the natural terrain.
- Greeting people with a small ‘Namaste’ will be appropriate.
- Even though you may find many images of temples and shrines on the internet, photography is prohibited in most of the temples in Panchmarhi.