Orchha – Pastoral Retreat

Population:  11,511
Average Climate

Summer: 23°C – 42°C
Winter: 12°C – 24°C

Best Time to visit:October to March

Tourist Attraction In Orchha
Orchha, 120 kms from Gwalior is a medieval town, looks today much as it must have in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela king, Rudra Pratap, on the banks of the sparkling Betwa River and was the capital of Bundela kings until 1738, when it was abandoned in favour of Tikamgarh. Orchha means ‘hidden’ in Bundelkhandi language. It was named so because it was completely covered by forests before being found. Crumbling palaces, pavilions, hamams, walls and gates, connected to the town with an impressive 14-arched causeway are all that remain today.
The old town is dominated by three beautiful temples – the Ram Raja, the Laxmi Narayan and the Chaturbhuj. A unique blend of fort and temples styles, the Chaturbhuj Temple is dedicated to Vishnu and has huge arcaded halls for massed singings and a soaring spire.

Places Of Interest

Laxmi Narayan Temple
Laxmi Narayan Temple: The Laxminarayan Temple presents a harmonious blend of fort and temple architectural style. The beautiful edifice of the sacred shrine of Laxminarayan Temple bears relics to the rich religious history and architectural legacy of the ancient times. One of the notable travel attractions in Orchha, Laxminarayan Temple is devoted to Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth and good fortune.The architectural structure of Laxminarayan Temple was constructed by Vir Singh Deo during the year of 1662.
The walls and ceilings of Laxminarayan Temple are engraved with beautiful paintings and colorful frescos that impart a unique look to the sacred sanctorum. A creative mix of the rich Bundel and Mughal style of art, the splendid engravings and paintings of Laxminarayan Temple portrays the rich artistic caliber and imaginative skill of the local artisans of the ancient times.
Jehangir Mahal
Jehangir Mahal : One of the brightest examples of the Bundela architectural style, the Jehangir Mahal is a must visit destination in Orchha. Jehangir Mahal is a five storied palace built in accordance to the Hamam Saras of Agra. The majestic Jehangir Mahal in Orchha has eight wonderful pavilions.The Jehangir Mahal of Orchha was built by King Vir Singh of Orchha during the 17th century. As the name suggest it was dedicated to the Mughal Emperor Jehangir. The palace is characterized by beautiful trellis work and elegantly designed chhatris.
Chattris of Orchha
Chattris of Orchha: Orchhha cenotaphs are an exception as they not same like cenotaphs of temples. Fifteen cenotaphs of the Bundela rulers and members of their family stands proudly on the southern bank of the Betwa river. The chhatris rise on a square platform with the sanctum having a similar shape. The sanctum holds the ashes of the cremated princes and princesses. As you enter you the first chhatri greets you with a marble statue of Madhukar Shah and his wife. As you stroll down to the far end, by the riverside, you would witness the square chattri dedicated to Bir Singh Deo.