Destination
Reminiscent of the magnificent medieval era

Orchha is a marvelous town of Madhya Pradesh, which literally means 'Hidden' ancient medieval town. Founded in 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, this stretch of land along the River Betwa in Bundelkhand India was an ideal site for the king's capital. Marked by the unexampled temples, huge cenotaphs (chhatri), and striking forts, the capital of Bundela Kingdom has beautifully preserved the spirit of its illustrious past and breathes history in every detail. Those who are not fascinated by history, the medieval city do not disappoint them either. Sighting of rare Indian Vultures atop add to the picturesque ambience. 20 km away from Jhansi and 175 km from Khajuraho, Orchha is also an ideal weekend getaway from Delhi, Kanpur and Bhopal.

Places of Attraction

Jahangir Mahal


Jahangir Mahal in Orchha is an ace example of Bundela architecture and ancient testimony of the bond of friendship between the Mughals and Bundelas.

The most admired palace in Orchha, was constructed by Bir Singh Deo to commemorate the visit of Mughal Emperor Jahanghir to Orchha in 1606. The interiors of the palace are beautifully adorned with paintings of peacocks, flowers and eye-catching geometric patterns. Entered through an elaborate ceremonial gateway with two stone elephants flanking the stairway, Jahangir Mahal every year allures the visitors to come back again.

Jahangir Mahal


Jahangir Mahal in Orchha is an ace example of Bundela architecture and ancient testimony of the bond of friendship between the Mughals and Bundelas.

The most admired palace in Orchha, was constructed by Bir Singh Deo to commemorate the visit of Mughal Emperor Jahanghir to Orchha in 1606. The interiors of the palace are beautifully adorned with paintings of peacocks, flowers and eye-catching geometric patterns. Entered through an elaborate ceremonial gateway with two stone elephants flanking the stairway, Jahangir Mahal every year allures the visitors to come back again.

Raj Mahal Orchha


The first building you come across is the well-preserved ruin of the royal palace, or Raj Mahal (unrestricted access), started by Rudra Pratap and completed by one of his successors, the indomitable Madhukar Shah.

Opulent royal quarters, raised balconies and interlocking walkways rise in symmetrical tiers on all four sides, crowned by domed pavilions and turrets; the apartments projecting into the quadrangle on the ground floor belonged to the most-favored queens.

As you wander around, look out for the fragments of mirror inlay and vibrant painting plastered over their walls and ceilings. The resident chowkidar of Raj Mahal is an excellent guide.

Raj Mahal Orchha


The first building you come across is the well-preserved ruin of the royal palace, or Raj Mahal (unrestricted access), started by Rudra Pratap and completed by one of his successors, the indomitable Madhukar Shah.

Opulent royal quarters, raised balconies and interlocking walkways rise in symmetrical tiers on all four sides, crowned by domed pavilions and turrets; the apartments projecting into the quadrangle on the ground floor belonged to the most-favored queens.

As you wander around, look out for the fragments of mirror inlay and vibrant painting plastered over their walls and ceilings. The resident chowkidar of Raj Mahal is an excellent guide.

Rai Praveen Mahal


A lush garden, with shrubs and flowerbeds pruned in very many artistic shapes, surrounds the palace. Quite evident with the architecture, the art of topiary has been in existence in Orchha for centuries. The Mahal was built in honor of the ‘Nightingale of Orchha’, Rai Praveen, especially the second floor is resplendent with scenes of Nritya Mudra.

Rai Praveen was not just identified for her charming beauty also for her poetry and music. The palace is now a fitting memorial to this lady. The fort also houses a cannon foundry, guarding against any exterior threat from the enemies of Orchha.

Rai Praveen Mahal


A lush garden, with shrubs and flowerbeds pruned in very many artistic shapes, surrounds the palace. Quite evident with the architecture, the art of topiary has been in existence in Orchha for centuries. The Mahal was built in honor of the ‘Nightingale of Orchha’, Rai Praveen, especially the second floor is resplendent with scenes of Nritya Mudra.

Rai Praveen was not just identified for her charming beauty also for her poetry and music. The palace is now a fitting memorial to this lady. The fort also houses a cannon foundry, guarding against any exterior threat from the enemies of Orchha.

Chaturbhuj Temple


One of the city’s greatest attractions is the Chaturbhuj Temple, which is situated right opposite the Raja Mahal. Dedicated to the four-armed deity, Chaturbhuj ji, the temple has plenty of light and space inside, a feature unusual for a Hindu temple. Chaturbhuj Temple is built upon a massive stone platform and can be reached by a steep flight of steps. The temple was specially constructed to enshrine the image of Lord Ram that remained in the Ram Raja Temple. Visit the incredible Chaturbhuj Temple personally and get mesmerized by the terrific legend associated with the temple.

Chaturbhuj Temple


One of the city’s greatest attractions is the Chaturbhuj Temple, which is situated right opposite the Raja Mahal. Dedicated to the four-armed deity, Chaturbhuj ji, the temple has plenty of light and space inside, a feature unusual for a Hindu temple. Chaturbhuj Temple is built upon a massive stone platform and can be reached by a steep flight of steps. The temple was specially constructed to enshrine the image of Lord Ram that remained in the Ram Raja Temple. Visit the incredible Chaturbhuj Temple personally and get mesmerized by the terrific legend associated with the temple.

Laxmi Temple


Laxmi temple is a must visit for its architecture. Built for Laxmiji, the Goddess of wealth, but strangely there is no idol of the Goddess kept there. Laxmi Temple in Orchha exhibits a unique style, which is a beautiful mix of a fort and a temple moulds. The walls of this fascinating temple are elaborately decorated with fabulous mural paintings, which show pulsating compositions from mythological themes and very famous post mutiny paintings.

The temple along with its exquisite paintings presents an enthralling feeling and is a worthy to visit.

Laxmi Temple


Laxmi temple is a must visit for its architecture. Built for Laxmiji, the Goddess of wealth, but strangely there is no idol of the Goddess kept there. Laxmi Temple in Orchha exhibits a unique style, which is a beautiful mix of a fort and a temple moulds. The walls of this fascinating temple are elaborately decorated with fabulous mural paintings, which show pulsating compositions from mythological themes and very famous post mutiny paintings.

The temple along with its exquisite paintings presents an enthralling feeling and is a worthy to visit.

Sawan Bhado Pillars


Adjacent to Ram Raja Temple lays a central row of fountains which culminate in an eight pillared pavilion. A subterranean structure below was the cool summer retreat of the Orchha Kings. The Tehkhana was kept cooled by a cleverly constructed Persian cooling unit. This unit was made up of two towers or Dastagirs (two adjoining wind-catching towers) called the Sawan Bhado. They are perhaps the only example of the Persian system of cooling in India.

And somewhere it's a tremendous feel good factor after seeing this architectural marvel that the small town Orchha is endowed with such rich heritage and culture.

Sawan Bhado Pillars


Adjacent to Ram Raja Temple lays a central row of fountains which culminate in an eight pillared pavilion. A subterranean structure below was the cool summer retreat of the Orchha Kings. The Tehkhana was kept cooled by a cleverly constructed Persian cooling unit. This unit was made up of two towers or Dastagirs (two adjoining wind-catching towers) called the Sawan Bhado. They are perhaps the only example of the Persian system of cooling in India.

And somewhere it's a tremendous feel good factor after seeing this architectural marvel that the small town Orchha is endowed with such rich heritage and culture.

Ram Raja Temple


With its soaring spires and palatial architecture, the Ram Raja temple of Orchha is one of the most unusual temples in India. With a bit plain exterior, the interior of the temple is breathtaking. While, there is a charming legend attached to the temple which proves that Lord Ram is worshiped as King in Orchha. Although Ram Raja Temple remains closed throughout the day, but the heavy silver doors of the sanctum are flung open only at 7 p.m. when the evening aarti is performed. The gun salute reverberates through the night as the lights fade away. This ceremonial sight is as pompous and grand as the temple itself.

Ram Raja Temple


With its soaring spires and palatial architecture, the Ram Raja temple of Orchha is one of the most unusual temples in India. With a bit plain exterior, the interior of the temple is breathtaking. While, there is a charming legend attached to the temple which proves that Lord Ram is worshiped as King in Orchha. Although Ram Raja Temple remains closed throughout the day, but the heavy silver doors of the sanctum are flung open only at 7 p.m. when the evening aarti is performed. The gun salute reverberates through the night as the lights fade away. This ceremonial sight is as pompous and grand as the temple itself.

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