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Orchha

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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

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"The Hidden Treasure"

Orchha Tourism

Orchha is a historical town located on the banks of river Betwa in Madhya Pradesh, known for its grand palaces, and intricately carved temples. Famous as the city of palaces, it is world-renowned for the classic mural paintings, frescos and Chhatris (cenotaphs) that were constructed to commemorate the Bundela rulers. Orchha's old-world charm casts a spell on tourists from all around the world.

Founded in 1501 by Bundela Rajput Chief, Orchha literally means 'a hidden place'. It was the capital of one of the most powerful dynasties to ever rule in India- the Bundelas. The major attractions in Orchha include Ram Raja Temple (the only place where Lord Ram is worshipped both as a God and a king), Laxmi Narayan Temple (known for its unique architecture which is a melange of a fort and a temple), and the Jahangir Mahal (built in hour of Mughal emperor Jahangir).

When in Orccha, soak in the rich cultural heritage of the city or be thrilled rafting in the Betwa River. The medieval architecture of Orchha's palaces and temples is a visual delight for photographers.

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Glory of Bundelkhand

Nicknamed so for being a witness to the glorious times of the region of Bundelkhand, Orchha is a famous historical town in the Bundelkhand region of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Ruled by Mughals and later one of the most powerful dynasties of India, the Bundelas, Orchha is a mute witness to the glorious times which adorned the nation that is India. Situated on the banks of River Betwa, the medieval architecture of Orchha will surely leave you spellbound.
Apart from being a witness to the glorious times of the Bundelas and freedom fighter Rani Laxmi Bai, Orchha is also famous for being the practice ground of famous revolutionary, Shri Chandra Shekhar Azad, who practised his pistol shooting and combat skills in the dense forests of Jhansi near the same. If you're in Bundelkhand, a visit to Orrcha should always be on your cards.

Restaurants and Local Food in Orchha

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 local delicacies that the town is known for include Kebabs, Bhutte ki kees, Mawa-Bati, Khoprapak and Malpua. Alcohol is only available at selected restaurants.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Pachmarhi, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market for a stroll, especially where you can buy precious curios and souvenirs, that you can take home for your families.
Day 2 - The 2nd day should be the ideal time for starting your trip through Orchha. You should begin ideally with Orchha Fort. Thereon, you can proceed towards some water adventure on River Betwa.
Day 3 - This day can be reserved for a visit to Dauji Ki Haveli, whence you can proceed to the Chhatris made by the Bundelas, another architectural wonder worth visiting.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Houses grand havelis and temples. Renowned for its mural paintings and frescoes. A paradise for the photographers.

What's Not So Great?

Not much to explore apart from the historical monuments and temples.

For Whom?

Orchha is an ideal place for people who love to explore historical monuments. It can be visited by people who appreciate art. A paradise for the photographers.

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How To Reach Orchha

Orchha has its own railway station, but the nearest major railway station is at Jhansi (15 km). Travelling from Jhansi to Orchha can be done in two way- you can either take an auto-rickshaw or go for a more expensive but comfortable cab. Orchha is also pretty close to Khajuraho and a lot of tourists typically visit Orchha from Khajuraho. They can reach here by taking a train to Orchha or to Jhansi and then a cab or auto rickshaw after that.

You can also enjoy the ride from Jhansi to Orchha on a tuk-tuk (a horse driven cart) which will also be the most economical option. Gwalior (116 km from Orchha) is the nearest major airport which is connected with most other parts of the country. You can take a taxi from Gwalior to reach Orchha. Buses also ply between Orchha and other nearby places like Khajuraho, Gwalior, Bhopal, Delhi and Varanasi.

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Q. Which are some places in Orchha where I can just chill? Are there any good view points?

Pallavi Siddhanta 10 months ago
You can relax by the temple complex in Orchha, or go boating in the river. This gives you a nice view of the whole town. The Orchha Fort is also a good place to be if you crave some peace and quiet among history and architecture.

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Deepika Pokharna 12 months ago
Orchha is a beautiful historical site. Very easy to approach. Just 20km from Jhansi which is a very important rail junction of central railway , so very well connected to other parts of India. The architecture of palaces is mix of Rajput and Mughal style. Chattris of Bundela kings is a must visit site as they are different in style from chattris of other Rajput Rajas and tombs. View from Lakshmi temple is awesome as one can see most of the monuments of Orchha from here . one can opt to stay in Sheesh Mahal to have the feel of fort .
Rohit Shroff 12 months ago
- Use bottled water for drinking.
- Negotiate on your commuting and hotel costs.
- Having a rough idea of the history of this place could make your trip more interesting.
- Staying in a palace itself could take your experience to a different level altogether.
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