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Introduction

Orcha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time; a rich legacy to the ages. For, on this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces and temple built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection. Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain Rudra Pratap who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa river as an ideal site for his capital. Of the succeeding rulers, the most notable was Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo who built the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatries. From here the view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular.

Area __ sq km
Altitude 212 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-24.0 C-46.0 C Winter-9.2 C-24.0 C
Language English, Hindi
STD Code 07680
Rainfall __ cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to March

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How to get there

  1. Air :- Nearest airports are - Gwalior or Khajuraho.
  2. Rail:-Nearest railhead at Jhansi , on the Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Madras main lines.
  3. Road:-Orchha lies on the Jhansi - Khajuraho road. Regular bus services connect Orchha with Jhansi.

Places to Visit

The Jehangir Mahal Raja Ram Temple Chaturbhuj Laxmi Narayan temples

Excursion

Barua Sagar Talbehat Chitrakoot

Shopping

There are sufficient opportunities for shopping in Orchha. This place cannot be termed a shopper's paradise, though it offers some traditional shopping items of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The shopping items at Orchha do not exhibit much of the local flavor of Orchha. However, these items are quite popular among the tourists, who buy them as a token from the place. Two of the major Orchha shopping items are the pyjamas and kurtis adorned with designs typical to the state of Rajasthan. The Dokra crafts made up of metal and wrought iron items are very popular among the tourists. These articles can be bought as souvenirs or for utility, decoration or gift purpose.

Accommodation

Hotel Sheesh Mahal Orchha Resort Amar Mahal Resort