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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. Famously known 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). 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 for Orchha

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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How much does a package cost for Orchha?

The packages for Orchha start at INR 11999 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the places near Orchha?

The top places near to Orchha are Agra which is 210 km from Orchha, Chanderi which is located 87 km from Orchha, Khajuraho which is located 142 km from Orchha, Gwalior which is located 104 km from Orchha, Shivpuri which is located 98 km from Orchha

What are the things to do in Orchha?

The top things to do in Orchha are Jehangir Mahal, Orchha Fort, Ram Raja Temple, Raja Mahal, Orchha Fort, Rafting and Boating in River Betwa, Chattris (Cenotaphs), Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha. You can see all the places to visit in Orchha here

What is the best way 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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What is the 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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What is the best time to visit Orchha?

October to March is the best time to visit Orchha. However, you can also visit during the monsoons as rains are mostly average here. The town is exuberant during the festive season of Dusshera and in winters when the weather is pleasant making it an ideal time to explore the historical and architectural glory of Orchha. Summers invite extreme temperature and are usually avoided by travellers.
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Who should visit Orchha?

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.

What is not so good about Orchha?

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

What is famous about Orchha?

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

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

Pallavi Siddhanta

5 years 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 a (Read More)mong history and architecture.
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Q. Are there boating options in Orchha? How much would it cost roughly?

Rohit Shroff

5 years ago
You can do pedal boat in the river, right in front of chhatris - it is mostly calm river and you can get a boat for half an hour for just Rs. 100. Evenings are ideal for this.

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Prashant Lowanshi

2 years ago
This place has everything for the traveler the river (Betwa), The Royal Chhatris, Temples, Water activities, forts, and beautiful and luxurious hotels. Also, the cleanliness is awesome. Also, the foo (Read More)d is awesome. Please do not miss the Desi Kalakand and Milk at night time in front of Raja Rama Temple.

Prabhat Kumar

2 years ago
Orcha is famous for Lord Rama's temple. It is historical and devotional place to visit. River Betva beside temple puts an attraction to the site. There is a famous Hanuman ji Temple near it.

Deepika Pokharna

5 years 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 ar (Read More)chitecture 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 .
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