Mahindra Scorpio 4x4 AT through Satpura

Pachmarhi town is not very large, but it is very well maintained by the Indian army Cantonment Board. All the major buildings there are part of the cantonment, which is why they have a grand old-India feel to them. It’s reminiscent of the kind of small hill stations you see in Bollywood films. But unlike most towns featured in Hindi films, this one doesn’t suffer from over-tourism. People are friendly and helpful, willing to help you out with directions, and they even suggest places you should explore in town.

Early next morning, we decided to use some of those suggestions and explored a number of places that took us into the heart of the wilderness. There are areas of the forest that come under village territories, and are not entirely sectioned off as sanctuaries. If you have the right vehicle, you can easily navigate through many of these areas that are otherwise considered pedestrian-only. The locals advised us to check out some of the local tourist spots like the Pandav caves, and a number of waterfalls inside the sanctuaries. Unfortunately, the forest department had shut the safaris during the time we were there.