Situated in the north of Madhya Pradesh, en route from Agra to the temples of Khajuraho, is the tiny village of Orchha. This deserted medieval town is an architectural gem not to be missed. During the 16th and 17th centuries this was the capital of the Bundela dynasty who built a fort palace on a small island on a bend in the Betwa River, later followed by other magnificent fortifications, palaces and temples. It is now a peaceful and easy going place - prefect for relaxation and independent exploration of the scattered ruins.

What to see

  1. Jahangir Mahal: This palace was built to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir way back in the 17th century. Delicate Chhatris and trellis works compliment this impressive structure.

  2. Raj Mahal and Rai Praveen Mahal. In Raj Mahal a trial through the maize of intricate stairways leading to numerous turrets is an experience in itself, evoking nostalgia of the thrilling lifestyle of the royals. From the turrets one is treated to a breathtaking view of the Jahangir Mahal on the east and the Chaturbhuj temple on the west.

  3. Temples: The temples of significance in Orchha are Ram Raja Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple and the Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Cenotaphs: There are 14 cenotaphs or Chhatris to the rulers of Orchha, across the Kanchana Ghat of the river Betwa. Other attractions of Orchha are Phool Bagh, shrines of Siddh Babe Ka Sthan, Jugal Kishore, Janki Mandir and the Hanuman Mandir.

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is Gwalior 120 km which is connected with Delhi, Bhopal, Indore and Mumbai. The next nearest airport is at Khajuraho 178 Km connected with Delhi, Agra and Varanasi.

Rail: The nearest railhead is Jhansi on the Mumbai - Delhi and the Chennai - Delhi lines.

Road: Motorable roads connect Orchha to Jhansi and Khajuraho

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