Pachmarhi is Madhya Pradesh's most verdant gem. A lovely hill resort girdled by the Satpura ranges, it offers absolute tranquility. Bridle paths lead into placid forest groves of wild bamboo, jamun, dense sal forests and delicate bamboo thickets.
Complementing the magnificence of nature are the works of man; Pachmarhi is also an archaeological treasure- house. In cave shelters in the Mahadeo Hills is an astonishing richness in rock paintings. Most of these have been placed in the period 500-800 AD, but the earliest paintings are an estimated 10,000 years old.
In Pachmarhi, Bagpipes skirled in a flower-bright valley while ancient dancers cavorted on a rock. The pipes and the dancers were separated by thousands of years: typical of this little town in the Satpura Mountains. Contrasting cultures and ages exist in harmony as if time and trends mean little in this serene, wooded place.
Pachmarhi is for unwinding, effortlessly. Roads meander gently groves of trees, open spaces and heritage cottages sitting contentedly in their old gardens. The town has a quiet gentility about it as if Victorian traditions and high collars still governed most people's lives.
It looks difficult but is not really; though it is every bit as exciting. Strapped into safety gear, a crash helmet and a parachute, visitors are towed behind a jeep till the parachute fills with air and carries them into the sky. From there, after having been borne on the wings of the wind for a few minutes, parasailers descend to earth to be received by their handlers in a soft handling. Most parasailers in Pachmarhi are beginners with no previous experience of this exhilarating air sport.
By Air: Nearest airport is at Bhopal (195 km) connected by regular flights with Delhi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore and Mumbai.
By Bus: Pachmarhi is connected by regular bus services with Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Nagpur, Pipariya and Chhindwara. Taxis are available at Pipariya.
By Rail: Pipariya (47 km), on the Mumbai-Howrah mainline via Allahabad, is the most convenient railhead.