Nestled on the Betwa River, Orchha is a charismatic medieval town that was founded as the capital of the Bundela Rajput. It’s renowned for its vast fort complex that encompasses ornate palaces and royal residences, as well as striking Hindu temples built in dedication of Lord Ram.
Things to do in Orchha
Explore the Orchha Fort Complex, which encompasses ancient monuments, temples and palaces along the Betwa River. Follow the arched causeway to the grand gateway of the complex before it opens out into a large courtyard flanked by palaces.
Experience the former grandeur of Orchha’s royal residents at the Raj Mahal, a 17th-century palace. Admire the projected balconies and latticed windows, then step inside to see the exquisite murals depicting a variety of religious themes.
Don’t miss the Jahangir Mahal, which exhibits Islamic and Mughal architecture in its ornate, four-storey design. Admire the royal paths and small garden dwelling of Rai Parveen, the Raja’s female escort, then see the Uth Khana where the King's camels were stationed.
At the heart of religious life in Orchha is the Ram Raja temple, which was built around a number of sacred Lord Ram idols. Admire its bright pink and yellow architecture before visiting the impressive Chaturbhuj Temple that’s richly decorated with lotus emblems and ornamentations.
Getting around Orchha
Orchha is around three hours’ drive from Gwalior Airport and 6.5 hours by train from the railway station in Jhansi. Orchha is easily explored on foot, while taxis connect it to surrounding towns and villages.