Orcha Travel Guide
 

Attractions in Orcha


Jehangir Mahal - Built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. Its strong lines are counterbalanced by delicate chhatris and trelliswork, conveying an effect of extraordinary richness.

Raj Mahal - Situated to the right of the quadrangle, this palace was built in the 17th century by Madhukar Shah, the deeply religious predecessor of Bir Singh Ju Deo. The plain exteriors, circled by chhatris, give way to interiors with exquisite murals, boldly colourful on a variety of religious themes.

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Rai Parveen Mahal - Poetess and musician, Rai Parveen was the beautiful escort of Raja Indramani (1672-76) and was sent to Delhi on the orders of the Emperor Akbar, who was captivated by her. She so impressed the Great Mughal with the purity of her love for Indramani that he sent her back to Orchha. The palace built for her is a low, two-storeyed brick structure designed to match the height of the trees in the surrounding, beautifully landscaped gardens of Anand Mahal, with its octagonal flower beds and intricate water supply system. Skillfully carved alcoves allow light into the Mahal which also has a main hall and smaller chambers.

Ram Raja Temple in Orcha
Ram Raja Temple - The Ram Raja Temple is perhaps the most important—though unusual—of all the temples in Orchha. This is the only temple in the country where Rama is worshipped as a king—that too in a palace.

Chaturbhuj Temple - Built upon a massive stone platform and reached by a steep flight of steps, the temple was especially constructed  to  preserve  the  image  of  Rama  that  remained  in the
Ram Raja Temple .  Lotus  emblems  and  other  symbols  of  religious
significance provide the delicate exterior ornamentation. Within, the sanctum is chastely plain with high, vaulted walls emphasizing its deep sanctity.

Laxminarayan Temple - A flagstone path connects this temple with the Ram Raja Temple. The interiors contain the most exquisite of Orchha's wall paintings. Covering the walls and ceiling of three halls, these murals are lively works of art and include a variety of spiritual and secular subjects. They are in excellent state of preservation, with the colours retaining their bright quality.

Phool Bagh - Laid out as a formal garden, this complex is witness to the refined artistic qualities of the Bundelas. A central row of fountains culminates in an eight-pillared palace-pavilion. A subterranean structure below was the cool summer retreat of the Orchha kings. An ingenious system of water ventilation connects the underground palace with Chandan Katora, a bowl-like structure from whose fountains droplets of water filtered through to the roof, imitating rainfall.

Chhatris - There are 14 Chhatris or Memorials to the rulers of Orchha, grouped along the Kanchan Ghat of the river Betwa.
 

Shahid Smarak - This commemorates the great freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad who lived and worked in hiding in Orchha during 1926 and 1927.

Quick Getaways near Orcha

Jhansi - 16 kms away, is located this famous city named after the fiery queen Laxmi Bai, who fought the British from here. The annual Jhansi Festival, which happens in February/March each year, exhibits arts, crafts and culture of the region.


Gwalior - 119 kms away, Gwalior is full of palaces, forts and ruins and makes the site for an interesting holiday.

Khajuraho - 170 kms away from Orchha is this World Heritage Site renowned for its caves with the erotic sculptures.

Barua Sagar - Situated 26 km northeast of Orchha, Barua Sagar is a dam created on the Betwa River. It provides excellent views of the

Gwalior near Orcha

surrounding area. You can enjoy a swim in the lake or go for a walk in its beautiful environs. While here, also pay a visit to the Pratihara temple and the Jarai-ka-Math dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Events in Orcha

If you are here in the month of November, you may participate in the local Ram Vivah festival, at the Ram Raja Temple, when trained horses perform amazing feats. In addition, the festivals of Dussehra and Diwali are celebrated with great pomp and show.

Getting There & Away to Orcha

Flights to Orcha
The nearest airport is Gwalior (119 km) connected with Delhi, Bhopal, Indore and Mumbai.
Trains to Orcha
The closest railhead is Jhansi (16 km), on the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai main lines. All major mail and express trains stop at Jhansi.
Car and Bus service to Orcha
Orchha lies on a diversion from the Jhansi-Khajuraho road. Regular bus services connect Orchha with Jhansi. Tempos and taxis are also available.

Getting Around in Orcha


Since Orchha is not a very big destination, it is tough to find taxis and autos. To get around, you can either hire a tempo, or walk, since the tourist attractions are relatively close to one another.
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