RudraPratap, the Bundela Rajput Chief, established Orchha in the sixteenth century. He chose a parcel of land on the banks of Betwa River for his capital. Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo was among the most remarkable rulers who constructed a palace Jehangir Mahal which was crowned by the elegant Chhatris. One can get a spectacular view of cenotaphs and rising spires of temples.
In Raj Mahal and Lakshmi Narayan Temple, several vivid murals having several secular and religious themes, make the ceilings and walls alive. There are some memorials and little shrines which strewn along the areas with emotional and distinct history in each, have timeless appeal and old world charm.
The ancient town seems frozen in time, with its many monuments continuing to retain their original grandeur even to this day. Here you will find some of the most fascinating temples and palaces that will help you realize a childhood fantasy – travelling back in time !
A relaxed evening on the banks of the Betwa glides you to Paradise.
Orchha Madhya Pradesh Tourism Attractions
Lakshmi Narayan Temple :It is among the three most significant temples in Orchha. It is said to be the combo of fort and temple architecture. It is built with lime mortar and bricks and devoted to Goddess Lakshmi. The temple has several amazing paintings and frescoes on the walls.
Sunder Mahal :Built by Raja Jhujhar Singh’s son, Prince Dhurbhajan, this stunning palace is said to be a Muslim’s pilgrimage site.
Chattris(Cenotaphs) of Orchha :They are actually the autobiographies of Bundela Rulers. Total 14 Cenotaphs or Chattris are laid alongside the Betwa River.
PhoolBagh :Here you can explore the testament of the Bundela Rulers’ nobility. For the Orchha rulers, PhoolBagh was a summer delight. It is the memorial for the death of Dinman Hardaul.
Raj Mahal :The precursor of Bir Singh, Madhukar Singh built Raj Mahal all along the granite bridge. Raj Mahal is a palace famous for its complex details and intricate interiors. From 10:00 Hrs. to 17:00 Hrs. visitors can enter and view the palace from inside.
RudraPratap supervised the construction of Orchha Raj Mahal but Madhukar Shah completed the construction. You can explore lavish royal quarters and raised balconies in the Raj Mahal.
Ram Raja Temple : It is one most stunning temple in Orchha City. Once upon a time, the temple was a palace of Madhukar Shah. According to the legends, Lord Rama told Raja to take his idol to his palace in his dream. The palace was changed into the temple when idol was mounted.
Raj Parveen Mahal :Raj ParveenMahal is among the major tourist destinations in this city. This beautiful palace has 3 storeys and its history is entrenched in every brick and stone of this palace. Maharaja Indrajit Singh built Raj Parveen Mahal in the year 1618.
Dinman Hardaul’s Palace : In the state of Madhya Pradesh, this palace is the living evidence of love and respect between brothers. Since ancient time, it has been regarded as an architectural phenomenon as it has the leftovers of the cultural ancestry and rich history. As per the legends, Hardaul was a great leader who loved his elder brother & sacrificed his life for him. This palace was built in honor of him. According to Jhujhar, Dinman Hardaul’s elder brother, he was in long-term relationship with his friend and partner. He was very religious and he lost his life to prove his honorable love to his brother.
Jehangir Mahal :It is a vibrant epitome of the architectural presence of Bundela Rulers. It is Orchha’s one of the most sought-after tourist destination. This 5-storied palace was constructed as per the Agra’s Hamam Saras. There are 8 splendid pavilions in this majestic palace. It boasts historical relevance, paintings, decorations and complex carvings.
Orchha Sanctuary :For those who love the presence of nature and wildlife, Orchha Sanctuary is definitely a worthwhile retreat. It is bestowed with sprawling tranquility of nature which also attracts general public.
Chaturbhuj Temple : Chaturbhuj Temple is known for architectural association which was constructed by Raja Madhukar during 1558 to 1573 for Maharani Ganesh who was his wife.
Sawan Bhado: The incredible air coolers of Orchha
Adjacent to the Ram Raja Temple lies a row of fountains, which culminates in an eight pillared pavilion. A subterranean structure below the pavilion, the Tehkhana, was the summer retreat of the kings of Orchha. The tehkhana was cooled by a cleverly constructed Persian cooling unit, which was made up of two adjoining Dastagirs (wind-catching towers). The towers were named after the two spring months in the Indian calendar – Sawan Bhado.
The towers were perforated on the top, to allow them to catch the wind, while their lower part was connected to a reservoir of water. The towers, the aqueducts, and the underground reservoir of water were ingeniously connected to a Chandan Katora (fountain) in the pavilion above the retreat. The water from the underground reservoir was pushed up into the Chandan Katora, from where it rained on the roof of the retreat to cool the Tehkhana. This is perhaps the only example of the Persian system of cooling in India.
Operation Wildlife of Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park remains closed from 1st of July till 30th of September each year or as reviewed and declared by the Forest Department.
The Park also remains closed on the day of Holi & Diwali festival.
Every Wednesday’s, there are no excursions in the afternoon.
The best time to visit Orchha is between July to March.
How to Reach Orchha
The nearest airports to Orchha are Gwalior Airport (113 kms) and Khajuraho Airport (155 kms).
The nearest railway junction to Orchha is Jhansi, which is 16 kms away.
Orchha is well-connected by road to places like Jhansi, Gwalior and Khajuraho. You can hire a taxi or bus to reach Orchha from these places.