The magical city of Orchha was known as Osseen in olden days and was the capital of the Bundela Rajput kings. Literary meaning “hidden place” it stands true to its name as it lies surrounded by lush dhak forest and picturesque hills just 17 kilometers away from Jhansi, Madhya Pradesh.
Architectural Marvels of Orchha
There is so much to see in and around Orchha. The fortifications, palaces and temples here speak volumes about the impressiveness of the emperors in those times.You can visit all the heritage monuments, palaces and temples of Orchha within a day or two.
The very first architectural spectacle is the well preserved ruins of Orchha Fort . The fort has many temples and palaces within. The best being Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and Rai Parveen Mahal. Raj Mahal is the most ancient and the Rai Parveen Mahal, though in ruins now is a splendid palace with beautiful gardens all around. Visit the Jahangir Mahal and admire the exotic skyline of Orchha.
Make sure you check out the rising spires of Chaturbhuj Temple, Ram Raja temple and its pearl white complex, Palki Mahal, Dinman Hardol Palace and Lakshminarayan Temple.
The cluster of 14 Chhattris on the banks of the Betwa with their shimmering reflections is one of the most mesmerizing sights of Orchha.
The Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary, home to a wide range of animals like tigers, leopards, sloth bear, blue bull, monkey, more than 200 species of birds is a must visit place for all nature lovers.
The Jhansi Fort or Rani Jhansi Ka Quila is around 15 kilometers from Orchha and is good place for history buffs with a museum inside.
Food and Stay
There are many rest houses, cottages as well as heritage resorts and hotels in Orchha that offer a comfortable stay in various budgets.
Orchha, being a tourist hot spot is full of nice cafes and restaurants that offers Indian, Continental , Chinese and Italian cuisines along with local delicacies. The local delicacies that are a must try are Bhutte ki kees, Biryani, Kebabs, Khoprapak and Malpua .
Gwalior is the nearest airport situated just 108 kms away, you can also take a flight to Khajuraho airport that is 140 kms from Orchha. Jhansi, is well connected to all major Indian cities like Bhopal, Delhi and Mumbai through railways.
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