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Dau Ki Kothi in Orchha

Dau Ki Kothi in Orchha  Video Review
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Dao Ki Kothi

Rituraj Tomar
13th Dec 17

Chhataries near BETWANTI GANGA ORCHHA

Chhataries near BETWANTI GANGA ORCHHA  Video Review
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Chhatris Cenotaphs

Mahipalsinghgour
14th Jan 18

Nice preserved paintings!!

Nice preserved paintings!!  Video Review
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Raja Mahal

Rupa kumari
6th Oct 17

Awesome views!

Awesome views!  Video Review
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Orchha Fort Complex

Rupa kumari
6th Oct 17

Nice temple

Nice temple  Video Review
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Chaturbhuj Temple

Rupa kumari
6th Oct 17

Beautiful Memories

Beautiful Memories  Video Review
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Chhatris Cenotaphs

Shashank Agarwal
5th Oct 17

A must visit to this if you are at Jhansi

A must visit to this if you are at Jhansi  Video Review
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Orchha Fort Complex

Ronit Gaikwad
28th Dec 16

River Ghat !!

River Ghat !!  Video Review
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Kanchana Ghat

Shashank Agarwal
5th Oct 17

Maha Rani Laxmi Bai resided in this palace

Maha Rani Laxmi Bai resided in this palace  Video Review
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Rani Mahal

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
6th Apr 18

It's a very popular attraction among the visitors

It's a very popular attraction among the visitors  Video Review
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Rani Mahal

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
6th Apr 18

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Reasons to go to Orchha

1Get a free history lesson in Orchha
Get a free history lesson in Orchha

Get a history lesson or two in the magnificent city of Orchha. During monsoon, the normally quiet town turns into an enchanting landscape with dense forests, craggy hills and the sentient Betwa.

Abhijit Pal shares his experience of Orchha on HolidayIQ: The first thing that you become familiar with quickly in Orchha is the lush greenery of this small town. The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon. The majestic and ancient buildings stand gloriously against the background of dark and imposing clouds. The Betwa River and the lush greenery add to the beauty.

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2The romance and cenotaphs of Orchha
The romance and cenotaphs of Orchha

Founded by Rudra Pratap Singh, a Bundela chief, in 1501 AD, Orchha is located on the banks of the Betwa river. Some of the prime attraction of Orchha are the Orchha Fort, Jahangir Mahal, the Raj Mahal and the romanticized Rai Parveen Mahal, which were all built by the king who was smitten by the poetess. Don’t miss the sunset at the 14 chattris (cenotaphs) by the Betwa River.

Pankti Desai: "Orchha, a historically enticing city, surrounded by lush greenery and picturesque hills, the capital of the mighty Bundela Rajput kings."

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3The Cenotaphs of Orchha
The Cenotaphs of Orchha

These Chattris are basically the tombs of Maharajas that have been placed on elevated platforms and supported by pillars.

HolidayIQ traveller Pankti Desai from Baroda shares: A city that has witnessed Indian history etch itself, is one of the most sought after locations for the lovers of both, history and nature.”

Prem Anand recommends, “During my Orchha trip I stayed at Bundelkhand Riverside. It's a new but heritage style made resort. As per Manager, the property belongs to relatives of Orchha Fort clan. Just behind the resort, river Betwa flows down. Very serene and beautiful. One can spend hours sitting idle near the river.”

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4Here is Where You Can Make Friends From Around the World and Breathe the Cleanest Air!
Here is Where You Can Make Friends From Around the World and Breathe the Cleanest Air!

If there was ever an ignored heritage destination, it was Orchha. A showcase of Rajput and Bundela history, Orchha rarely gets as many visitors as other famous historic cities. So if you're a culture buff, this is the place for you. Check out where to check in.

Pankti tells you why you shouldn't miss being here, "Orchha, a historically enticing city, surrounded by lush greenary and pictureseque hills, the capital of the mighty Bundela Rajput kings. A city that has witnessed Indian history etch itself, is one of the most sought for locations for the lovers of both, history and nature.This city served as a home to a legacy of rulers and thus, is rich in heritage. Every monument built, has its own story and the laser show in the evening at the Orchha fort is an invitation to all the curiosity-driven people who wish to take a plunge into the history of this enchanting town."

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5Orchha Fort
Orchha Fort

Deepali : The fort we went around was quite interesting right opposite the temple it seems so old and historic nice place. We were there for almost 2 hours and saw the entire place if interested in history will find it interesting.

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Abhinav Kumar

Abhinav Kumar5.0/5

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The Bundel Capital

Orchha is small historical town used to be the Capital of Bundelkhand. The time has left numerous stories and histories behind. The beautiful Jahangir Mahal, Laxmi Temple and Orchha Fort will let you travel through the Bundela Kingdom. The magnificent architecture and the simplicity of town will add up more charm to your travel. The evening aarti in Rajaram Mandir, Light and Sound show inside the fort complex and Riverside walk, there is a lot to explore in Orchha. The story of Orchha will remind you the land of bravery and some very known kings like Chartres. This can be managed in a weekend trip if you live Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhopal or Mumbai. I am **** sure, you will fall in love with the history of Bundelkhand. Must visit, I promise you will not be disappointed anymore.

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  • The Bundel Capital
  • The Bundel Capital
  • The Bundel Capital

Tithi mandal

Tithi mandal

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The Mesmerizing Rajput architecture at Orchha and the majestic Maugham creations at Agra

The beautiful palaces, forts, temples and memorials or "Chattris" built by the Bundelkhand dynasty kings were incredible. They included the Orchha Fort, Jehangir Mahal, the Sesh Mahal(now converted into a hotel), Ram Raja Temple, Lakshmi Temple in the shape of the owl and the spectacular chhatris or memorials built by the princes or queens in memory of their beloved kings. This place is unexplored;people hardly knows about it. The majestic buildings and the interesting history behind them is going to linger in my mind for a very long time.
Also not to forget the grand summer palace built by Veer Singh Deo(of Bundelkand clan) in the ancient town of Datia, called the Purana Mahala or Datia Mahala.
The Maugham architecture at Agra does not need any special mention. The monumental Taj Mahala ;the marvellous Fatehpur Sikri ;the magnificent Agra fort was hypnotizing. The lesser known It-matud-dullah or the Chota Taj Mahala was fascinating.

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Recommended Duration in Orchha

Number of days to spend in Orchha as recommended by our travellers.

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Orchha Overview

Orchha town lies in the state of Madhya Pradesh in the Tikamgarh district. It was once the capital town of a Rajput ruler whose name is unknown. Orchha is located on the banks of the Betwa River and lies 15 km away from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh.

Founded by Rudra Pratap Singh, a Bundela chief, in 1501 AD, Orchha’s prime attraction is the Orchha Fort which was built by Rudra Pratap. The fort has many connected buildings which were built during the rule of different ones. Two of the most well known of these are the Jahagir Mahal and Raj Mandir.

Rudra Pratap is said to have perished while saving a cow from a lion, but these claims remain unverified. After him many Bundela rulers ruled the region for most part of the 17th century. One of the most influential successors of Rudra Pratap was Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo. He is credited with building the Jehangir Mahal.

The Bundela rulers constructed many temples and palaces during their reign, and most of them are in unspoilt condition till date. Two of the well known temples of the town are the Chatur Bhuj temple and the Raj Mandir. The Chatur Bhuj temple was built by the Queen of Orchha.

The name Orchha is said to be derived from a sneering remark which was made by a Rajput chief when he visited the place. Literally, the word translates to ‘hidden.’ The town has a small population of 8499 people, with the majority being male.

This region experiences a temperate climate, with the summer months of April to August being not too hot and the winter months of December to February being not too cold. The months of October to March are said to be the best time to visit Orchha.

Orchha, being a small town, is not very well connected. It does not have a railway station or an airport. The nearest railway station to the place is at Jhansi, which is 18 km away. Buses and taxis are the only means of reaching this small town in the once princely state of Madhya Pradesh.

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Jahangir Mahal, Orchha

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Karun Lal

Jahangir Mahal
Ram Raja Temple, Orchha

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Monica Rai

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Ram Raja Temple, Orchha

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Monica Rai

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Ram Raja Temple, Orchha

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Monica Rai

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