Rani Mahal

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Time Required: 1-2 hrs

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7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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Free
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Rani Mahal, Orchha Overview

Wrapped in elegance and magnificence that only befits the royalty, the Rani Mahal of Orccha is an enchanting fortification right from the pages of the 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. Translating to 'the queen's palace', this destination once served as the royal quarters for the wife of Raja Madhukar Singh, and its last occupant was Rani Laxmi Bai herself. The palace has now been converted into a museum.

Spread over a vast area and surrounded by splendid gardens, the architecture and presence of the Rani Mahal is quite humbling. The entire palace is beautifully decorated with detailed stonework on the outside, while the inside holds mesmerising illustrations and murals of holy epics like the Ramayana.

Since the palace is now a museum, you can easily access these precious artefacts and learn more about the history of the place. The museum has paintings from the ninth and twelfth century and also houses various scriptures. Built against the backdrop of the beautiful Betwa river, the Rani Mahal of Orccha is a must visit for one and all.

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The structure and construction of the Rani Mahal are quite magnanimous. It is built over two storeys and includes a humble courtyard and well within its premises. The palace overlooks a fountain as well. The palace itself consists of six halls and parallel corridors.

The Darbar Hall of the palace is decorated with awe-inspiring paintings and murals depicting various geometric patterns, flowers and fauna. These are various archways in the palace which are decorated with traditional rosette and peacock designs. The entire experience of the palace is one of a kind and its kaleidoscopic beauty will leave an endearing imprint on your memory.

Make sure you carry water as there are no water fountains here.

Hire an autorickshaw or a taxi from any part of Orchha to reach Rani Mahal. 

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