5 Hill Stations In Madhya Pradesh To Visit This Summer

Madhya Pradesh is home to several hill stations, including the tranquil Satpura Hills of Pachmarhi, offering opportunities for exploration and relaxation
View of Sonmuda Valley from Amarkantak
View of Sonmuda Valley from AmarkantakImagesofIndia/Shutterstock

The state of Madhya Pradesh in central India, known as the "Heart of India," boasts rich natural beauty, history, and culture. It offers a wide range of attractions, from magnificent wildlife reserves and historic forts to vibrant markets and ancient temples, catering to every type of traveller. Whether exploring the prehistoric caves of Bhimbetka or admiring the grandeur of Mandu's palaces, this state is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Madhya Pradesh is also home to several hill stations, including the tranquil Satpura Hills of Pachmarhi, offering opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Here's a guide to the hill stations of Madhya Pradesh.


Sunset view of the Satpuras from Dhoopgarh, Pachmarhi
Sunset view of the Satpuras from Dhoopgarh, PachmarhiImagesofIndia/Shutterstock

Located at an elevation of 1,607 meters above sea level, Pachmarhi, also referred to as the 'Queen of Satpura,' is an ideal destination for travel enthusiasts. It offers picturesque landscapes, cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear pools, and verdant forests. The town boasts delightful weather year-round, making it an ideal haven for travellers. Renowned for its imposing hills enveloping the area, Pachmarhi is replete with tranquil spots that provide a tranquil retreat from the demands of everyday life, ensuring a truly unforgettable holiday experience.


Situated at an elevation of approximately 462 meters above sea level, Shivpuri hill station boasts breathtaking lakes such as Jadhav Sagar Jheel and Chandpatha Jheel. Visitors have the opportunity to explore popular tourist attractions, including Madhav National Park and Banganga Temple. Nature enthusiasts must not miss the chance to visit the Karera Bird Sanctuary, while the Dhala Crater, formed around 2,500 million years ago by an asteroid about one kilometer in diameter, offers a fascinating glimpse into ancient history. Located in the Bundelkhand region of Shivpuri district, Dhala stands as one of the world's oldest impact structures.


Amarkantak offers a lush forested landscape and is the unique meeting point of the Vindhya and Satpura Ranges. Immerse yourself in the region's rich biodiversity, with its forests teeming with medicinal plants, making Amarkantak a must-visit for eco-tourism enthusiasts. Located in the Amarkantak region, Kapildhara Falls holds immense religious significance. It is believed to be the place where the sage Kapila meditated to seek solace. The waterfall is formed by the descent of the Narmada River and cascades down from a height of approximately 100 feet, offering a tranquil retreat for spiritual seekers and nature lovers. Visitors can drive up to the Kapildhara Viewpoint, but to truly appreciate its beauty and splash in the Narmada, they can also walk half a kilometer down to the smaller but lovelier Dudhdhara Falls. Additionally, visitors can check out the Achanakmar-Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve. Inscribed as a UNESCO biosphere reserve (BR) in 2012, it is considered one of the least developed and, thus, least disturbed ecologically diverse landscapes in central India. The reserve is spread over the contiguous states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, with topography ranging from hills to shallow valleys and plains.


View of the hills from Rani Rupmati Pavilion in Mandu
View of the hills from Rani Rupmati Pavilion in Manduchetansoni/Shutterstock

Mandu is a hill station with a beautiful natural setting, and it is especially stunning during the rainy season. The fort walls and hills surrounding Mandu have served as an effective defense strategy for centuries. There is so much to see and do that you should consider extending your trip to fully experience the beauty of this destination. One of the highlights of Mandu is its exceptional architecture, which showcases a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles in the palaces, mausoleums, mosques, and step-wells.


Patalkot is a captivating valley surrounded by lush forests, granite, and sandstone formations. The valley looks like a horseshoe when viewed from above. Nature enthusiasts can find tranquility in the Patalkot-Tamia Valley. The Satpura Adventure Sports Festival in October offers a variety of activities such as paragliding, rock climbing, birdwatching, and more, making it a thrill for adventure seekers. Additionally, Patalkot is an ideal spot for camping, hiking, and trekking, providing opportunities to explore natural wonders like the Zingaria Waterfall.

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