Orchha India - Travel and Touring Guide.
About the pleasant little town of Orchha which is located in Madhya Pradesh State, India.
Orchha is a very small Indian town of around 9000 inhabitants
which is located about 16kms from Jhansi. Apart from it's excellent Palace and Fort and collection of Mahals, Cenotaphs and Temples, Orchha also has the beautiful River Betwa passing by on one side of the town.
Orchha is quite easy to get too by railway from the north - the Indian Railway at Jhansi is a main railway link for amongst other destinations Gwalior, Agra and Delhi. If travelling in from the south - for instance from Khajuraho there is now a limited train service which leaves Khajuraho six times a week going via Mahoba and then up to Jhansi. Do not miss going to look around Khajuraho and it's beautiful Jain Temples
at some point on your tour.!
It may be just as nice, quicker,
convenient and far more interesting if travelling in from the south to simply hire a car and driver of course. Prices from Khajuraho to Orchha for a one way drop off should be offered for around 4000 Rupees depending on the type and size of car
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Hotels and accommodation in Orchha, India.
There are only a few hotels available in the town - with several modern 4 star hotel-complexes available which have many amenities including swimming pools etc. These do tend to be somewhat expensive
to stay at - published rates at around 50 UK Pounds per night - although we found the one we stayed at was quite willing to be flexible on room rates after a little haggling. One or two of these
Orchha hotels also have what amounts to camping areas on their grounds where of course the day rates are considerably cheaper.
As seems to be normal in this part of India there are not really any restaurants
set up in the town which you would probably want to use - however you can use restaurants at some of the other 4 star hotels and get quite good meals at a reasonable cost.
There are auto-rickshaws available but getting around the various sites in Orchha is not a problem - the main areas of interest are all within easy walking distance. Several of the temples etc. are only a little further out from the
town or do not have roads to them anyway. These temples and buildings are all easily walkable too with a nice bonus of some peaceful Indian countryside to go with it all. (Orchha temples and mahals in the countryside
).There is plenty of wildlife living
around the river and town so don't be surprised if you come across groups of monkeys noisily jumping around in the trees for instance - they seemed to be everywhere.
Visiting Orchha Palace Fort and Temples - the Raj Mahal and Jahangir Mahal. Entrance fees for visiting the various temples and palaces at time of our visit was 250 Rupees for non-Indians plus 25 Rupees for each camera and this is valid at any site which requires an entrance ticket within the town. Note that the ticket remains valid for the whole day so allows
you to re-visit various locations if you wish - perhaps if you are unlucky several tourist groups on a day trip arrive and clutter up the place you are visiting - so you can give up and go back later.
Raj Mahal yard
Raj Mahal roof
The Raj Mahal at Orchha was initially started by Raja Rudra Pratap during 1531 A.D. and construction was completed during the reign of Raja Bharatichand in 1539. More additions and alterations to the Mahal were undertaken some time later by Madhukar Shah. The basic shape of the mahal is square and it is divided into two wings - three sides are five storeys high and the remaining side is of four storeys. Inside the Mahal there are some beautiful colourful paintings which mostly depict the life and activities of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna - also incarnations of Lord Vishnu have been painted.
Raj Mahal murals
Raj Mahal mural
Jahangir Mahal Gate
Jahangir Mahal courtyard
Buildings shown below are within the Fort walls at Orchha and belong to the Dauji ki Kothi:
Dauji ki Kothi
Dauji ki Kothi Gates
Dauji ki Kothi
Dauji ki Kothi ruins
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