Orchha PalaceCurrently Closed
- Address: Orachha, Madhya Pradesh 472246, India
- Timings: 11:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 250 INR
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Palace, Family And Kids
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).
- 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.
- 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
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
- Auto-rickshaw, hired car, hired bicycle, on foot.
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83.87% of people who visit Orachha include Orchha Palace in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
66.67% of people start their Orchha Palace visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Orchha Palace
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Orchha Palace
There is a small entry to the gardens which isn't really well marked but unexpectedly beautiful and calm. The overall structure is beautiful and photogenic. View of the river from the top floors is pretty provided you can find the hidden staircase to the top. Worth a 30-45 minutes stroll. It is better to go in the evening when the weather has cooled down a bit.
Very beautiful property located near the fort. Rooms were lovely with different themes. The only complaint i had was there were insects in the room. Rest had a good stay.
When you buy a ticket, you can go to 7 places of Orca. It is fun to take a look around slowly and to look at colorful buildings one by one. In particular, the mural of the queen's bedroom and the mural of the king's bedroom are painted with natural dyes, which are gorgeous and beautiful. It is recommended to look around in the morning because the temperature rises at noon. I wonder if the arched doors are decorating a part of Indian architecture. I hope you will not miss the opportunity to appreciate sophisticated yet delicate and beautiful architecture.
Absolutely majestic fort complex. Intricate architecture inspired by Indian and Mughal architects. The Palace has withstood the test of times and remained largely in good condition. A must see destination in Madhya Pradesh.
This place by the river Betwa is quite historic having many layers of history, religion and spirituality under it. It is definitely an oasis far from the maddening crowds. The buildings, the design, the structure are all very innovative and contemporary. The kingdom may have ceased to exist but the remains still provide a vivid glimpse of the bygone era! Makes me feel proud of our shared history!