Orchha Travel Guide

  • Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
    Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
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Orchha Things to Do

  • Jahangir Mahal

    The big palace in Orchcha. Take a guide, he would take Rs.100 and would explain the significance of the palace. Tell him to open the king and queen's quarters and show the wall paintings depicting the 9 avtaars of Vishnu. The sound and light was supposed to start, if it has do see it to understand this town's history better.

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  • Orchha Gate

    This is the entrance gate of Orchha when you arrive from Jhansi or Khajuraho.Old town was in side to the gate.

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  • Orchha Street Walking

    Orchha street walking is a great fun see the local market both sides, cows, dogs, some very good handicraft shops, fruit saler, holyman and much more.

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  • Dinman Hardaul's Palace

    Hardaul was the son of Bir Singh Ju Deo, and died to prove his innocence to his elder brother Jhujhar who cast doubts on his relationship with his (Jhujhar's) consort. This saintly prince was, after his martyrdom, worshipped as a god and even today, the villages of Bundelkhand contain platform like shrines where Hardaul is worshipped.

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  • Jujhar Singh Palace

    This palace was also constructed by King Vir Singh Dev. It is said that he built nine palaces for his son called Nauchauki. Jujhar Singh palace was one of them. The three storeyed palace is built in rectangular plan, having a large hall and rectangular rooms on the ground floor. There are three square rooms topped with ribbed domes on the upper...

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  • Palaki Mahal

    This palace, located in front of Hardaul Bathaka (Seat), is called Palaki Mahal due to its large palanquin roof. It was built by King Vir Singh Dev (1605-1627). The two storeyed palace is built in a rectangular plan consisting of three arched door verandahs which have rectangular rooms on both sides. Tiled stone pillars and the first floor with...

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  • Phool Bagh Palace

    The Phool Bagh is a flower garden containing a palace, named after it. King Vir Singh Dev, (1605-1627), built this garden and palace. It has a pillared hall on the ground floor in front of which decorated fountains were built, and squarish large rooms topped with ribbed domes on the first floor. The peacock shaped brackets, pillars, ribbed dome and...

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  • Horse stable

    This is a large rectangular courtyard located behind the Shish Mahal and Jahangir Mahal. There were elongated chamber doors on three sides, however only the walls remain. A water channel also came along the walls which was evidently used by the horses for drinking water.

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  • Shyam Daua ki Kothi

    It is said that after the suicide of Raiman Daua's family, Maharaja Vir Singh felt extremely repentant and called Daua's pregnant daughter-in-law from her parents house for whom this new building was constructed. She gave birth to a child named Shyam, who later became military commander of the Bundela army. The building has two courtyards having...

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Orchha Restaurants

  • Tithi Resturant Hotel Sheesh Mahal

    Nice Big setting hall of resturant Veg and Non Veg food Mostely Indian.Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 8 Am to 11 PmThe Resturant is in the main Palace of Orchha very nice view of out side and Palace, Good food too.

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  • Not so good

    The Betwa is a posh place upstairs above the Bhola. An American group at my hotel said not to bother coming here but I entered the place and then walked straight out as there was only one other guy eating there and they had one guy at the door playing some kind of sitar type instrument. I had lunch once at the Bhola where I had a good omlette and...

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  • The best in Orchha

    Blazened by two large signs with the words "as recommended by Lonely Planet", the Ram Raja is an OK restaurant in what I called "restaurant row". I had a great veg thali (see pic) for just Rs30. The Milan, next door, was another story. Better atmosphere than in the Ram Raja and the food was equally as good. The first night I had a reasonable aloo...

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Orchha Nightlife

  • Bring a book!

    Nothing much happens here after 9pm which is the same for most of rural India (and in some larger towns as well). About the only places open after this time are internet cafes and they're dead slow to the point that they're virtually unuserable. So, bring a book along!

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  • Betwa Cottages

    At the Betwa Cottages, there is an evening performance of local dance and music from 8-10pm. This is held in the grounds and while is obviously for residents of the cottages, it is also open to non-residents.

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Orchha Transportation

  • Tempo's & buses to/from Orchha

    After arriving in Jhansi on the train, I took an auto rickshaw to the bus station where I got directed to a really old rickety looking bus that was heading to Orchha. The bus was really full, as they tend to be, and I managed to find room on the back seat for my backpack whilst I stood on the steps by the back entrance surrounded by large bags of...

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  • Local Transportc*

    You can catch tempo’s (3 wheeled vehicles) or auto-rickshaws from Jhansi and there are even taxi’s but around Orchha itself, it is easy just walking.

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  • Travelling By Road

    If arriving by road you are probably traveling either from Khajuraho or from Jhansi. There are regular bus services which travel this route and stop in Orchha

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  • By Ram Raja Temple

    The small market in the large square in front of the Ram Raja Temple is where there are lots of stalls selling Indian sweets. A guy called me over and gave me a few samples to try. They're very sweet, sickly so and taste and feel like fudge.

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  • Leisurely Shopping

    The good thing in this market is that no one will hassle you. While they will offer initially that you come and look and their goods, they will not keep pestering you to buy. A lot of the stalls sell the same thing unfortunately and you have to wonder how they make any kind of living.

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  • Village Bazaar

    The village bazaar is the central part of Orchha with ruins lying all around. You will find all kinds of brassware and other metal works, antiques and jewellery to tempt you. You will also see the colourful pots of Gulal. Don't expect to do any great shopping in Orchha except for maybe a few trinkets.

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Orchha Local Customs

  • Local sadhu's

    Small as Orchha is, the village is a very religious place what with all the temples and cenotaphs. So, with this in mind, there are several Sadhu's (Hindu holy men) around so expect to get approached by them asking for their photo to be taken and give them a small contribution as this is what they live on.

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  • Feeding the poor

    After visiting the palaces and walking around the temples, it was approaching lunchtime and as I was walking towards the restaurants near the palaces, I walked through the square in front of the Ram Raja Temple and saw the local poor being dished out food as they sat on the floor. I presume this food came out of the temple donations but it was...

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  • Tikka powder

    Bindis are dots traditionally worn by women in India to decorate their faces. The Bindi is arguably the most visually fascinating in all forms of body decoration. Hindus wear a tilak (a red dot by women and an elongated dot by men and called a tikka) on their foreheads, between the two eyes. This point is known by various names such as Ajna chakra,...

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Orchha Warnings and Dangers

  • Health & safety

    I got speaking to a couple from near Geneve, (actually he was from England and she from Canada) in the Jahangir Palace. We were discussing the subject of Health and Safety and the lack there of within the palace as there were sheer drops off the side of the upper storey and loads of simply looking bamboo scaffolding up the sides of towers and such...

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  • Palace Residents

    As with a lot of palaces and forts I visited in India, I saw huge nests of wasps attached to the underside of ledges etc of the places. While they won't really annoy you, you still need to be aware of them and don't disturb them.

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  • Beware of the 'wild dogs'

    Mange and lice are not strange to these dogs. They live inside the palaces and often are aggressive towards a passer-by.Do not feed them, because they won't leave you alone for a while...

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Orchha Tourist Traps

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    by Willettsworld Written Jun 13, 2007

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    Not sure if this should really be a tourist trap warning but see my things to do tip (Cenotaphs from river) regarding this place. As far as I could see, there is a path that goes round some woods and that's about it (I think!). All this for Rs200 for foreigners which is a bit of a rip off, IMHO, and hence I didn't see any foreigners in the area I was in to take my photo's of the cenotaphs).

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Orchha Off The Beaten Path

  • Chhattris over view from Betwa

    At evening sunset the best viewed Chhattris and Ghats from the narrow road bridge (on the Betwa) or from the boulders on the opposite bank, where one can see the full effect of their reflection in the still waters of the Betwa.

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  • Lakshi Narayan Temple - paintings

    The inner walls and ceilings of the temple are profusely decorated with paintings depicting various episodes of the Ramayana and Srimad Bhagavota Geeta. The paintings are from the Bundelkhand School of painting which was prevailant between the 17th and 19th centuries. More photo's can be found in one of my travelogues.

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  • Lakshi Narayan Temple

    The Lakshi Narayan Temple, is built on a small hill about a kilometre west of the village. It was built by Vir Singh Deo in 1622 and later renovated by Prithvi Singh in 1793. The structure has the appearance of a fort with a central spire rising up in the courtyard. The interior features wonderful wall and ceiling paintings from the Bundelkhand...

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  • Dead slow internet

    As Orchha is a small village in the middle of nowhere, the modern broadband internet connections haven't arrived yet. What you'll find are plenty of places but the connection speed is dead slow at just 33.6kbps so you'll be wasting your time and your money. It's a much better option to use the internet in Khajuraho.

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  • Map on temple wall

    This rather faded map is on the front wall of the Ram Raja Temple. It shows a map of the villages attractions but it was a bit difficult to navigate on the map as north was pointed towards the east so I had to tilt my head to get my bearings based on my small map in Lonely Planet.

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  • Main Street

    The small main street of Orchha is lined with tiny shops ranging anything from barbers to gift stores to travel companies. There are also numerous small guesthouses. Really you can cover the whole little village in not much more than half an hour.

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