Orchha Palace, Orachha
About Orchha Palace, Orachha
Orchha Palace, Orachha - Address, Ticket Price
Address: Orachha, Madhya Pradesh 472246
Ticket Price: 250 INR
Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
Timings: 11:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
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This is an impressive fort complex in Orchha that symbolises the beauty and grandeur of this capital of former princely state of Bundelkhand. Presenting fantastic architectural styles through its series of palaces, buildings, gardens and temples, Orchha Fort complex deserves at least a half-day’s visit.
Constructed on the island formed by the confluence of two major rivers-Betwa and Jamni, the first thing that will strike you on your visit is its impressive approach through arched bridges set in granite stones. The decorated windows, well-planned open-spaces and projected balconies are some of the striking features you can observe within all the structures of the fort. Dating back to 1502 AD, the foundation of the fort complex is attributed to Rudra Pratap Singh, the Budnela Rajput. Several succeeding Maharajas of the state contributed to addition of the various buildings within the fort.
Home to some of the most beautiful attractions of Madhya Pradesh, the Orchha Fort Complex can be explored on foot and preferably with a guide.
Various buildings within the complex include:
Raja Mahal: The residence of the Queen and King till 1783, dotted with beautiful mural paintings and intricate decorations. Home to several secret passage ways, ask the local guide to open the walk you through. The light show in the evening is a must-attend!
Ram Raja Mandir: A part of Raja Mahal converted into a temple of Ram. The speciality of the temple is that it is not dedicated to Lord Ram, but the great king that he was; built by Queen Ganesh Kunwari.
Chaturbhuj Temple: Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, built by King MAdhukar Shah.
Rai Parveen Mahal: Palace built for poet and female escort of Raja Indrajit.
Jahangir Mahal: Palace built by Bir Singh Deo for Emperor Jahangir combining the best of Rajput and Mughal Architecture.
Other prominent structures include Sheesh Mahal, Phool Bagh, Dauji ki Kothi and Sawan Bhado (the ancient air coolers).
Orchha Palace Information
- The exploration of the area involves lot of walking, not suitable for senior citizens or people with knee problems.
- Ideal for a day trip, pack snacks and beverages.
- Guide is recommended.
Orchha Palace Ticket Prices
- Indian Citizens: 10 INR
- Camera: 25 INR per camera
- Video camera: 200 INR per camera
- Light show ticket: Indian Adult: 100 INR, Indian kid: 50 INR
Orchha Palace Opening and Closing Hours
Fort complex sightseeing timings: 11 am to 6 pm
Light show at Raja Mahal timings:
- November to February: English: 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Hindi- 7.45 pm to 8.45 pm
- March to Oct: English-7.30 pm to 8.30 pm, Hindi- 8.45 pm to 9.45 pm
How To reach Orchha Palace by Public Transport
- Auto-rickshaw, hired car, hired bicycle, on foot.
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Lovely fort. Takes whole day to cover all the forts. But worth the time and effort to tour this place. Do hire a guide to make sure you get to see the fort from top to bottom.
Orchha fort complex, very nice place for photography. One can spend a couple of hours with frienda and family. Tourists usually comes this place to see the beauty of building structure and architecture.
Cleanliness is not maintained. The walls of palace are scribbled with filth. But the palace in itself has amazing architecture and I picturesque.
Orchha was founded in 1531 by the Bundela Rajput chief, Rudra Pratap Singh,who became the first King of Orchha and also built the Fort of Orchha. The Chaturbhuj Temple was built during the reign of Emperor Akbar, by the Queen of Orchha Ganesh Kunwar while Raj Mandir was built by 'Madhukar Shah' during his reign. On a seasonal island on the bank of the Betwa River, which has been surrounded by a battlement wall, stands a huge palace-fort. The fort consists of several connected buildings erected at different times, the most noteworthy of which is the Raja Mahal and Ram Raja Temple. Jahangir Mahal is considered to be a singularly beautiful specimen of Mughal architecture. The mother for Jahangir was also a Rajput, Jodha. It is with this in mind that the Rajput king of Orchha had built the Jahangir Mahal. There is a spectacular light and sound show in the evening hours in the Jahangir Mahal. The show basically lets us know about the history of Orchha and the Jahangir Mahal. Chaturbhuj Temple is an old temple from the 9th century. Tourists can climb on the roof of the Uth Khana and get a fantastic view of Orchha town. The ruins behind the fort complex are an even greater sight. It makes a tourist travel back in time and is an integral part of a visit to Orchha. It houses the residences of various military officers, ministers (housing, roads), gunpowder factory, etc. Although most are in absolute ruins, a silent walk through the ruins can give one goosebumps. Numerous cenotaphs or chhatris dot the vicinity of the fort and the Betwa river. Elsewhere about the town there is an unusual variety of temples and tombs, including the Chaturbhuj temple.
Orchha Palace is a national heritage and has religious connect for Hindus. However, it needs to be preserved as our heritage. Cleanliness, infrastructure maintenance need immediate attention. Food and other stalls located within the premises should be relocated outside.