Things to Do in Orchha

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Orchha is a historical town on river Betwa in Madhya Pradesh, known for its grand palaces and intricately carved temples. Famously known as the city of palaces, it is world-renowned for its classic m (Read More)ural paintings, frescos and Chhatris (cenotaphs).

Here is the list of 16 Things to Do in Orchha

1. Light and Sound Show at Jehangir Mahal

Light and Sound Show at Jehangir Mahal
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Built as be a garrison and citadel for the Mughals to allow greater control over the Bundela region, this palace was completed in 1598. This place is a classic example of Mughal architecture. The domes are built according to Timurid customs.

2. Ram Raja Temple

Ram Raja Temple
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This beautiful Ram temple has an intriguing history behind it. The Idols which were supposed to be installed in the magnificent Chaturbhuj Temple were kept on the ground where this temple now stands. But once kept on the ground, the idols could not be budged.

3. Witness the Beautiful Raja Mahal

Witness the Beautiful Raja Mahal
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Built during the 17th century, the Raja Mahal has withstood the test of time without losing its charm that transports you back to one of the golden eras of history. The palace is constructed beautifully with impeccable architecture and breathtaking grandeur.

4. Rafting and Boating in River Betwa

Rafting and Boating in River Betwa
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Rafting in the river Betwa is possible and starts from the boat club. Tickets are arranged through MP tourism and are available at the Betwa retreat or the Hotel Sheesh Mahal. It could cost you around Rs. 1000 per hour or more per raft, 6 people in one raft.

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5. Explore the Chattris (Cenotaphs)

Explore the Chattris (Cenotaphs)
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Situated on the banks of Betwa river, Chattris is a set of magnificent royal tombs of the Maharajas, placed on a platform and supported by pillars.  The domes are adorned with exquisite paintings, which add to the alluring appeal of Chattris, which has attracted tourists for years.

6. Visit Chaturbhuj Temple

Visit Chaturbhuj Temple
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Built in 875 AD during the reign of Gurjara Pratihara dynasty, this famous temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The name literally means the one with four arms, and Lord Vishnu has been referred as Chaturbhuj in various Hindu texts.

7. Fountains at Phool Bagh

Fountains at Phool Bagh
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A beautiful garden complex depicting the aesthetic qualities of the Bundelas, this place has multiple fountains culminated in an 8-pillared palace pavilion.

8. Tour the Rani Mahal

Tour the Rani Mahal
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Wrapped in elegance and magnificence that only befits royalty, the Rani Mahal of Orchha is an enchanting fortification from the pages of history bygone. The fort is beautifully embellished with intricate carvings and colourful paintings, which make quite the statement about the art and artists of Uttar Pradesh.

9. Chandrashekhar Azad Memorial

Chandrashekhar Azad Memorial
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A monument built in honor of one of the greatest freedom fighters of all time- Chandrashekhar Azad, this memorial is a true representation of what the revolutionary hero stood for. It also houses a life-size bronze statue of Chandrashekhar Azad.

10. Shopping in Orchha

Shopping in Orchha
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Orchha does not have a lot to offer to shopaholics except for the souvenirs, handicrafts, beaded chains, gemstones, etc. Various small shops selling such items can be found nearby most tourist attractions. Bargaining on the prices is advisable.

11. Get an Ayurvedic Massage

Get an Ayurvedic Massage
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You can head to Orchha Resort or to the Amar Mahal if you wish for a relaxing and soothing Ayurvedic massage. The charges are between Rs. 500-2000. Yoga classes are also held here on a daily basis in the mornings.

12. Lakshminarayan Temple

Lakshminarayan Temple
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The Lakshminarayan Temple has a unique architecture which is a blend of a fort and a temple moulds. The temple houses stunning murals which depict mythological, spiritual and secular themes( an art lover's delight) and also a lot of post-mutiny paintings.

13. Cycle around Nature Trail

Cycle around Nature Trail
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This 12km long nature trail in the Orchha Natural Reserve can be a beautifully enriching experience. This is part of a beautiful river island spread across 44 sq km surrounded by Jamni river and Betwa river.

14. Swimming in Clean Waters

Swimming in Clean Waters
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While in Orchha, there are a lot of activities a person can indulge in boating, rafting, sightseeing, massages, etc. Another activity many people indulge in is swimming near the Boat club or the boulder-strewn section near the Bundelkhand riverside.

15. Dine at Open Sky Restaurant with Fort View

Dine at Open Sky Restaurant with Fort View

The Open Sky Restaurant offers splendid views of the Orchha fort in the background while dining.  The local delicacies of the town are Kebabs, Bhutte ki kees, Mawa-Bati, Khoprapak and Malpua. Alcohol is only available at selected restaurants.

16. Great Food and Ambience at No Mad Cafe

Great Food and Ambience at No Mad Cafe

Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh, Orchha is full of interesting cafes and restaurants. One can find Indian, Chinese, Continental and Italian cuisines here. The place has delicious pizza, pasta, coffee and Sandwiches are a must-try.

This post was published by Avneet Kang

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