Majestic Orchha

22.00 30 Nov 2022

  • Orchha was founded in the 16th century by bundela rajput chief, rudra pratap
  • Ram raja temple is the only place where lord ram is worshipped both as a god and as a king
  • The laxmi narayan temple exhibits a unique architectural style, which is a mix of a fort and a temple
  • The famed chhatris of orchha are cenotaphs that were constructed in honour of its erstwhile rulers

Majestic Orchha

Exhibiting the wonderful Bundela-era legends, Orchha remains steadfast as the major historical site that has maintained the culture and legends of the rulers of the Bundela dynasty. Chieftain Rudra Pratap Singh founded Orchha on a piece of land along the Betwa river. This amazing town will fascinate you during your adventure, as it is a perfect destination to tour with friends and family. There are so many historical places to visit in Orchha and it is well connected to almost all the major towns of Madhya Pradesh.

Orchha Tourist Places

Raj Mahal Palace

Rudra Pratap Singh, the Rajput king of Orchha, started the construction of the Raj Mahal during the 16th century. However, the work of completing the structure was eventually taken up by the successors of Rudra Pratap Singh, the most popular of whom was Madhukar Shah.

It is a square structure in which two wings have five floors on three sides and four floors on one side. The bedrooms of four queens are constructed to the right of the Private audience's hall. The Cabin of the emperor is at the front, at the same level as the Sanctum of the Chatturbhuj Mandir. The ceiling of the royal chamber has been delicately painted with vibrant colours. Many other paintings, illustrating scenes from Ramayana and the glory of Bundela Court are hung on the walls of the palace. Beautifully stone-carved grills give the palace a majestic royal look and the angle shaft allows natural air and light continuously flow through the rooms. There are parts of the palace which have been converted into a Heritage Hotel called Sheesh Mahal, open for the tourists to stay while they explore the sites of Orchha. The interior of the palace is decorated with fragments of mirrors and includes lavish royal accommodation.

Laxmi Narayan Temple

The history of the temple goes back to the Bundela dynasty. This temple is a square structure built by King Veer Singh Deo in 1622. The outer walls of the temple have the window like carvings and they are topped with battlements. The courtyard is surrounded by walls with galleries that run throughout them and are open to the sky. A hall is located in front of the octagonal sanctum in the centre of the courtyard. The murals that cover the galleries and vaulted roofs are the most artistic feature of the Laxminarayan Temple. The temple has some beautiful paintings on the upper part of the walls. The subjects of the paintings are particularly unusual than that of other paintings in the temple. While some of them illustrate episodes from the Ramayana, and of Lord, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, others depict mythical, martial and secular scenes. There is an outstanding painting of the 'Chungi Chirya', the giant bird that could fly high with an elephant in its claws.

Chhatris

There are fifteen cenotaphs honouring the Bundela kings and other members of their family on the right bank of the Betwa River in the south. The platform on which the chhatris rise as well as the sanctum are square in shape. The cremated remains of the royal princes and princesses are kept in the sanctums. A marble statue of Madhukar Shah and his wife with a painted canopy can be found in the first chhatri. The last chhatri in the line that can be seen from the riverbank is precisely square in structure which is built to honour Veer Singh Deo.

Chaturbhuj Temple

The design of the temple is unique in terms of architecture when compared to other structures in Orchha. The dome of the temple is not ribbed but smooth like that of a mosque. The court of the temple is open to the sky and it also has rising towers resembling the Chhatris of the Bundelas. There is a statue of four armed, that is Chaturbhuj, Vishnu inside the temple. It stands on a pedestal which gives the statue a majestic appearance.

Jahangir Mahal

Jahangir Mahal was built in the 17th century by the Bundela ruler, Veer Singh Deo. It was constructed to honour the first visit of Emperor Jahangir to Orchha. The entry of the palace is marked with a traditional and aesthetic gate. The east-facing front wall of the palace is covered with turquoise tiles. At the entrance, two stone elephants greet you with a bell that marks the entry of the King of that period.

It is believed that this palace is the epitome of Indo-Islamic architecture. The domes have engravings of external ribs which contrasts with the internal carving of the Islamic style. The brackets of the windows are made in a wavy style, following Jain architecture. It is impressively decorated with light-coloured ceramic tiles. This three-storied building has some amazing sculptures, beautiful balconies, Chhatris and beautifully carved-topped domes that reflect its architectural brilliance.

Shri Ram Raja Temple

The history of this stunning Shri Ram Raja Temple (Mandir) in Orchha is very fascinating. On the site where this temple presently stands, there were idols that were planned to be installed in the beautiful Chaturbhuj Temple. The idols could not be moved once they were placed on the ground, though. As a result, the area was designated as holy, and a temple was built to house the idols.

Orchha Bird Sanctuary

This sanctuary is full of scenic beauty and picturesque landscapes. Spread over an area of 46 sq. km, the Bird Sanctuary has its significance due to its rich fauna, Betwa River and availability of some rare species of plants.

Betwa river rafting

MPSTDC organises river rafting at Betwa river for the tourists. The rafting starts from the beautiful Kanchan Ghat and ends at Shiva Ghat. Rafting is quite popular among the adrenaline junkies who want to get a thrilling experience along with Orchha exploration. You can get to see the line of Chhatris while rafting which would give you a thrilling experience of rafting while seeing such historical grandeur.

Best time to visit Orchha

Monsoon is the best time to visit Orchha and explore its architectural grandeur. The clouds in the sky and misty environment amplifies the visiting experience to the temples and the palaces. People also like to visit the city during winters but it is advisable to avoid a trip to Orchha during peak summers to stay away from scorching heat.

How to reach Orchha?

By Air: The nearest airport is the Gwalior airport situated at a distance of 126 km from Orchha. Prominent cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Jabalpur are connected by Air. The nearest International airport is in Delhi at 440 km.

By Train: Jhansi is the nearest railway junction from the Orchha at 17 km. Cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore and Ahmedabad is well connected to Jhansi by rail routes

By Road: The nearest bus stand is at Jhansi. Orchha is situated between Jhansi and Khajuraho and is linked via good National and State Highways. There are regular bus and taxi services from Jhansi to Orchha.

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Best Places to visit

Chaturbhuj Temple

Chhatris

Jahangir Mahal

Laxmi Narayan Temple

Orchha Bird Sancturay

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MPT Betwa Retreat, Orchha

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MPT Sheesh Mahal, Orchha

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Best Season To Visit

Best Season To Visit

The best time to visit Orchha is from September to February.