Orchha is primarily a historical city that is known for its architectural grandeur and stunning temples. There are a number of must see attractions and things to do in Orchha, making it an ideal destination for tourism. Art and architecture lovers would love to witness the beauty of Orchha fort that houses many other sites such as Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and the famous Rai Parveen Mahal. People looking for spiritual reflection can visit religious attractions such as Chaturbhuj temple, and Laxminarayan temple. For those who are looking for some wildlife adventure can visit Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to a wide range of animals.The place is a delight for bird watchers as there are nearly 200 species of birds. As you take a stroll around the city, you will come across beautiful Chhatris that were constructed in the past to glorify the contributions of the rulers of the mighty Bundelkhand dynasty. Visiting a place like Orchha which is so much steeped in history and culture, you will definitely gain a better insight of India or Madhya Pradesh to be more specific.
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What to Do in and around Orachha
Enjoy 6 best Orachha attractions and points of interest to choose from!
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Orachha, Madhya Pradesh 472246
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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).
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Orchha Village, Orachha, 462003
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Located within the Orchha Fort Complex but at a short walking distance, these magnificent Chhatris are umbrella-shaped structures dedicated to the various rulers of Orchha. Standing peacefully along the banks of Betwa River, these cenotaphs belong to the 18th and 19th century. Displaying beautiful architecture through its 14 different cenotaphs dedicated to 14 different rulers, you can admire them from outside or enter it using your ticket of the Orccha fort. The gardens are great for a stroll and you can observe the Chhatri dedicated to Bir Singh, an ally of Salim (Emperor Akbar’s son) which has a strong Mughal influence in its construction.
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Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, 462003
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The river that has a mention even in Mahabharat, Betwa has been the prime source of trade and prosperity to Orchha. The prime attractions of the town are located along the banks of this river. Today, the Ghats (constructed banks) of the Betwa River are excellent for spending a peaceful evening. You can also observe the Chhatris from the banks or go for a boat ride, if visiting in the season.
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Lalitpur Mahrauni Marg, Uttar Pradesh 472246
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Set on an island on the Betwa and Jamni River, the Orchha wildlife sanctuary is technically in the state of Uttar Pradesh, but is commonly visited via Orchha. Conceptualised by Maharaja Sir Vir Singh Deo Bahadur (1930-1956) in the 1940’s, this enormous versant area is home to more than 200 species of birds. Covered with beautiful trees like Teak trees (species Tectona grandis), the sanctuary also has exotic wildlife like Wild boar, Langur, Blue Bull (Nilgai) and Sloth Bear.
Earlier, this green enclave was home to Indian Tiger; however none can be spotted today. Last tiger was spotted here in the 1970’s.
Today, the area is protected by developing walking and driving trails. Visit the place for bird watching and biking. In season, river rafting is also available!
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Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
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Chandrashekhar Azad was a prominent freedom fighter who sacrificed his life for the fight of independence against the British. He was the mastermind behind the Kakori Train Dacoit that shook the British Empire. During his exile, he stayed in the Orchha forest for a brief period disguised as a Sadhu. Chandrashekhar Azad had vowed that he won’t be caught and shot himself when the British police force came in his close proximity.
Today, this memorial stands in the area where he lived during his exile and commemorates his bravery and sacrifice. There is a board briefing the history near the memorial and a statue of Azad.
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Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
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A shrine and memorial dedicated to a local hero, Dinman Hardaul; this is an important tourist attraction of Orchha. According to the story, Dinman Hardual was the younger brother of the local king and was a favourite among the locals of Orchha. His elder brother accused him on incest with the queen and to prove his innocence, he drank poisoned kheer (sweet dish) and sacrificed his life.
Post his death, he is considered a diving human and is worshipped by the locals. The first invitation of every wedding in the town is first sent to him as a bringer of good luck to the newly-weds. An interesting place to spend some time in Orchha!