7 Hill Stations near Bhopal: 2020 Updated

Hill Stations near Bhopal

Pachmarhi, Mandu, Shivpuri, Amarkantak, Kamadgiri, Saputara and Omkareshwar.

Madhya Pradesh is a very geographically versatile state, and there are many beautiful hill stations near Bhopal that are representative of its varied landscape. Places like Saputara, Pachmarhi, Mandu and Shivpuri are known for their rocky landscape that is covered in trees and forests where you can enjoy many adventures such as trekking, hiking, biking and much more.

Amarkantak, Kamadgiri and Omkareshwar are a few other hill stations which are famous for their natural beauty, where you can enjoy trips and picnics to waterfalls, forests and viewpoints from where you can catch the golden sunset. The forests in these hill stations are also brimming with indigenous plants and animals and safaris through the forests are a very interesting weekend activity for visitors.

Here is the list of Hill Stations near Bhopal:

01

Saputara

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Saputara is a tourist destination situated in the Dang district of Gujarat. It offers a spectacular view of the Western Ghats residing amid the undulating mountains at a distance of 250 km from Mumbai, and 4 km from the Mumbai border. Being the only hill station in Gujarat, it is located at a height of 1,000 meters and attracts tourists, especially during the summers. 

In recent days, it has become a pioneered tourist destination. The tribal community residing here, known as Adivasis, evacuated the area at the request of the government and settled in the nearby Nawanagar, thus making the place an exclusive tourist destination.

Saputara is a haven for art and nature lovers alike. Artist Village, a place only a few kilometers from Saputara, is a benevolent place of artwork by various national and international artists. It displays handicrafts and craftsmanship of various artisans in the area around. There are local traditional stores, and stalls selling Bamboo artifacts that work as thoughtful souvenirs. The Hatgadh Fort is an admirable site of historical significance built by Shivaji during his reign. You can find the statue of Lord Shiva resting on the top of this fort which exudes the aura of sanctity

For those who are wanderers of wilderness, Saputara has an oasis of exotic wildlife at the Vansda National Park inhabiting carnivores, herbivores, avian fauna and reptiles like python and crocodiles. Purna Sanctuary is another such site of exploration. One can seek the remnants of the city’s rich heritage trekking through the forts and hillocks surrounding the place. 

The maximum temperature of Saputara is an astounding 30 degrees Celsius, even during summers. This acts to the benefit of many, who seek escape from the otherwise imposing heat of the sun. During winter the temperature drops down over here to a very low level due to which people do not resort to visiting this place during winters.

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Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi
Pachmarhi, one of the hill stations near Bhopal, is located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in Central India. Situated at an altitude of 1067 m, the plateau is surrounded by the mighty Satpura range of mountains and is known as “Satpura ki Rani”.

The different shades of verdant vegetation comprising trees like Bamboo, Sal, Blackberry plantations, shrubs, creepers, and mosses mesmerize the visitors. The terrain’s rugged mountains, deep ravines, streaming waterfalls, tranquil turquoise pools, and exotic rich flora and fauna are a visual delight to a nature lover. Legend states that Pandavas had built the caves and stayed in them during their 14 years of exile. 

Distance from Bhopal: The road distance from Bhopal to Pachmarhi is 200 km. The distance between Bhopal to Pachmarhi by flight is 137 km.

Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Pachmarhi is during summers. The temperatures, during this period from April to June, hovers between 22oc to 35oc. Moderate and balmy weather conditions make this period ideal for sightseeing and trekking. Winters, especially the month of October is also the best time to visit.

Highlights: The top attractions of the place include Mahadeo hills, Bee fall (Jamuna Prapat), Fairy pool (Apsara Vihar), Dhupgarh, Pandava Caves, and Satpura National Park.
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Mandu

Mandu
Mandu is an ancient historic city that is located in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated at the top of the Vindhya mountains at an elevation of 2079 ft. The city is famous for its fort and Jahaz Mahal. The fort hailed as the largest in India is spread over 82 km.

The famous 15th century Jahaz Mahal, situated inside the fort, had served as the living quarters for Ghiyasuddin Khiliji’s Queens. Its reflection in waters resembled a ship. Hence Mandu is also referred to as a “ship that never sailed”. The buildings are a testimony to one of the very few structures that reflect Afghani architecture. The fort was privy to the love story between King Baz Bahadur and his lover Roopmati.

Distance from Bhopal: Mandu is 287 km far from Bhopal by road.

Best Time to visit: Winter season is the ideal time to visit Mandu, one of the hill stations near Bhopal. Monsoon time is also preferred as occasional rainfall keeps mercury under control. 

Highlights: Highlights of Mandu are Mandu Fort, Jahaz Mahal, Baz Bahadur Palace, Roopmati Pavilion, Ashrafi Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Jama Masjid, and Hoshang Shah’s tomb.
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Shivpuri

Shivpuri
One of the hill stations near Bhopal is the Shivpuri. It is situated between inclined mountains and dense deciduous forests and is located at an elevation of 478 m above sea-level. Visitors feel captivated by its exotic settings. The place is also historically well-known as the great freedom fighter Tatya Tope was hanged to death here. 

Distance from Bhopal: Shivpuri is at a distance of 311 km from Bhopal by Road and 359 km by train.

Best Time to visit: Shivapuri experiences hot summers and heavy monsoons. So, the best time to visit Shivpuri is in winter from December – February. The climate remains pleasant and balmy.

Highlights: It is a gateway for adventurists as they get a chance to explore the wilderness. George castle,  Madhav National Park, Sakhya Sagar lake, Karera Bird Sanctuary, and Chhatri are some of the tourists’ visitors enjoy.
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Amarkantak

Amarkantak
Another of the hill stations near Bhopal that tourists should visit is, Amarkantak. Amarkantak, nestled in the beautiful Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges, is known as the “Theertharaja” or the king pilgrim places. Located at a height of 1065 m above sea-level, it is a place of numerous temples belonging to different eras.

The two perennial and great rivers Narmada and Sona originate from this place. Several stories are narrated about the significance of Amarkantak. One prominent story that does rounds is that when Lord Shiva burned down Tripura, the ashes fell on Amarkantak and turned into hundreds of Shivalingas. The lush green forest, holy ponds, silvery waterfalls, and mountains bewitch the tourists. 

Distance from Bhopal: The distance between Bhopal to Amarkantak is 539 km.

Best Time to visit
: The monsoon period brings new life to the flora around and adds beauty to the surroundings. Hence the winter season is the ideal time to visit Amarkantak. The period from October to February experiences pleasant and enjoyable climate.

Highlights: Narmadakund, Kapil Dhara, Pataleshwar Mahadev temple, Dugdh Dhara Waterfalls, Kabir Kothi, and Shri Yantra Temple are the prominent places in Amarkantak.
06

Kamadgiri

Kamadgiri
Kamadgiri is one of the hill stations near Bhopal that visitors throng to. Kamadgiri is a thickly forested hill in the heart of Chitrakoot. It is believed that Lord Ram along with Goddess Sita and Lakshman stayed at the sacred hill during the exile. Kamadgiri, which literally means “hill that fulfills desires”, is a holy place visited by numerous tourists.

Several temples are present at the base of the hill, on the 5 km parikrama path. Visitors undertake ritual circumambulation or Parikrama around the hill seeking divine blessings. The chantings, bhajans, and smoke and smell of incense sticks add fervor to the proceedings. 

Distance from Bhopal: Kamadgiri is at a distance of 504 km by road and 552 km by rail from Bhopal.

Best Time to visit: Kamadgiri and adjoin Chitrakoot experience harsh summers and are not preferred. Winters from October to March offer pleasant and favorable climate to visitors to enjoy sightseeing and pilgrimage. 

Highlights: The Gupt Godavari caves, Hanuman Dhara, Janaki Kund, Bharat Milap temple, Saptahik Shila, Ram Ghat, Sati Anasuya Temple are the most sacred places in Kamadgiri.
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Omkareshwar

Omkareshwar
Omkareshwar, the holy temple town is located at the confluence point of two prominent rivers, Narmada and Kaveri. The hallowed island which resembles the shape of “OM” houses one of the 12 venerated Jyotirlingas. Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the temple is referred to as Omkareshwar, which means “Lord of Omkara ''.

Another ancient shrine that exists at this holy place is the Omkareshwar temple. The temple, situated in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, depicts Nagara style architecture featuring a distinguished Shikhara. Apart from the temples, the landscape of the region encompassed by mountains, ponds, rivers, hanging bridges, and greenery lend enchantment to the visitors.

Distance from Bhopal: Omkareshwar is 254 km far from Bhopal.

Best Time to visit: The most favorable time to visit Omkareshwar is during winters from October to March. The climate remains apt for sightseeing and pilgrimage.

Highlights: Gauri SomnathTemple, Siddhanath Temple, Kajal Rani Cave, Kedareshwar Temple, and Mamleshwar Temple are some of the consecrated places frequently visited by tourists.
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People Also Ask About Bhopal

  1. Which is the coldest place in Madhya Pradesh?

    Rewa, which lies 420 km northeast of Bhopal, is the coldest place in Madhya Pradesh with a temperature of minus 1.2oc (-1.2oc), the lowest in 44 years.

    Pachmarhi, a hill station in Madhya Pradesh, recorded a next low temperature of minus 0.9oc (-0.9oc).
  2. Why is Pachmarhi famous?

    Pachmarhi is famous for its diverse culture, heritage sites, tallest waterfalls, and thick vegetation. It is a treasure trove of ancient caves that hold 10,000- year-old paintings.

    Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve is the UNESCO declared heritage site. The quaint and picturesque hill station is well-known for trekking, hiking, wildlife, and bird watching.
  3. Is Pachmarhi worth visiting?

    Yes. Pachmarhi is worth visiting. It has something for every type of tourist, be it nature lover, wildlife enthusiast, adventurist, history buff, theist, family-type, or honeymooner. 65 breathtaking waterfalls, numerous historical caves & ancient temples, National Parks & Bio-Reserves, highest peaks & deep gorges mesmerize visitors.