Orchha was the Bundela kings’ former capital city. The town is steeped in history and is known for its 16th and 17th-century mansions and temples. The architectural beauty of Orchha’s monuments reflects the emperors’ splendor. The Betwa River, on whose banks Orchha is located, and the trees that surround it attract visitors.
The small town of Orchha within the state of Madhya Pradesh is becoming increasingly popular among fellow tourists, owing primarily to the Orchha Fort. Bundela Rajpoots built this fort and other monuments within the fort complex in the 16th century.
Fortifications: The Orchha Fort complex includes a number of structures and buildings, including the Raja Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, and Sheesh Mahal.
Light and Sound Show
A one-hour Light and Sound show showing the history of Orchha Fort is conducted in the evening in English and Hindi language.
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
March to September
8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
March to September
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
October to February
7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
October to February
Ticket Cost – Rs 130/Rs 60 (Indian Adult/Child),
Rs 300/Rs 200 (Foreign Adult/Child)
Orchha is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, in the northern section of the country. It is located next to the Malwa plateau. The town is bisected by the Betwa River. Orchha has a temperate climate. Summers (April-June) are cool and pleasant, while winters (November-February) are cool and pleasant. From July through September, it receives southwestern monsoon rains. Jhansi is 18 kilometers away.
ORCHHA TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT
River Rafting in Betwa River
BECAUSE RIVER RAFTING CAN SET ANYTHING RIGHT
River rafting should be the first item on a visitor’s list of things to do in Orchha. Before eloping into the Yamuna, the tumultuous currents of the river Betwa provide an exciting route for you to follow. The energy pouring through the water will boost you up as you raft across the fresh waters of the Betwa river.
Highlight: There are Grade I to Grade II rapids that will make you feel like a real adventurer. The river flows through the Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary, passing through the exquisite Chhatris of the Bundela lords.
Near the Orchha Fort is where the majority of the government and private adventure sports centers are located.
Price: Depending on the length of the course, the cost per individual ranges from INR 800-2000.
Jungle Safari at Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary
FAUNA, THE STRENGTH OF OUR COUNTRY
The Betwa river passes through the area where the sanctuary is located. A safari at this gorgeous beauty in a small nook of Madhya Pradesh is next on the list of things to do in Orchha. The sanctuary, which was established in 1994, is home to a few dense plantations of Dhawa trees and Kardhai trees and is one of Madhya Pradesh’s top wildlife refuges.
Along with the Betwa River, the Jamni River satisfies the needs of the sanctuary’s fauna. The sanctuary covers 46 square kilometres and includes adventure activities such as fishing, canoeing, hiking, and camping.
Highlight: Animals such as the spotted deer, blue bull, and jackal, as well as many more species, can be observed in their natural habitat, with 200 kinds of birds contributing to the diversity of wildlife.
The cost of a ticket is INR 15 per person.
Timings: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
The sanctuary is closed on Sundays.
Holy Visit to the Laxminarayan Temple
A BLEND OF ARCHITECTURE IN THE FORM OF TEMPLE
The temple is one of Orchha’s three most important temples, offering a perfect and unique blend of fort and temple architecture. The most intriguing aspect of this temple is that, despite its dedication to Goddess Laxmi, no idol of the Goddess is kept inside. The temple was built around 1622 by Vir Singh Deo, but poor maintenance reduced its magnificence. Prithvi Singh rebuilt it around 1793 and restored it to its former glory.
Highlight: The current structure is well-preserved, with frescoes and paintings adorning the temple walls. The vibrant colours of the frescoes, which are based on certain social and secular themes, are still intact. The temple also has geometrical carvings of scenes from Lord Krishna’s life.
CAN ANYTHING BEAT THE BEAUTY OF NATURE?
This 12km nature trail in the Orchha Natural Reserve can be an incredibly enriching experience. This is a beautiful river island that spans 44 square kilometers and is surrounded by the Jamni and Betwa rivers.
A ticket must be purchased from the Reserve’s office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and the entry fee is very low. The trail is well-marked, and signposts are placed on a regular basis. It’s also a great place to go cycling. In this area, one can also see monkeys, peacocks, and even deer. Turtles were also spotted near Ret Ghat on the Jamni River’s banks.
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