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A Long Weekend in Orchha

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A February 2005 trip to Orchha by HELEN001

The Jahangir Mahal Photo, Orchha, India More Photos
Quote: Orchha is a village 20km south of Jhansi by the Betwa River. It is surrounded by ruined temples, there are great walks, and the river, if in spate, has wonderful bathing pools. There is an easy-going atmosphere and it's a great place to escape the frenzy of urban India.

A Long Weekend in Orchha

Overview

The Raj Mahal Photo, Orchha, India
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The ruins of the temples and palaces are spectacular, in particular the Jahangir Mahal and the Lakshminarayan Mandir, not only for their architectural merit but for the views of the surrounding countryside. The new Wildlife Park, whilst not exactly teeming with wildlife, has great scenery and, again, wonderful views over the river and temples pointing up through the surrounding forest. The river, if full, is the icing on the cake. Quick Tips: Try to be in Orchha when the reservoir upstream has opened the sluices and the river is full--it is spectacular. Every evening from 8-10pm there is a performance of local music and dance in the grounds of the Betwa Cottages. These are not advertised...Read More

Betwa Cottages

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Hotel

Betwa Cottages Photo, Orchha, India
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Having stayed here 4years ago and been electrocuted in the shower, I was not exactly overly thrilled to discover that our Indian friend had booked us in to stay here again. What a change! Not only had the place been re-wired, but the cottages were all freshly decorated, the gardens beautiful, and the food excellent. The new manager (and person responsible for these improvements), Vipin Katare, is a charming, efficient, and interesting man. He is genuinely concerned about the welfare of the guests and is always ready to provide information about the area, in particular, the Wildlife Park, which, as of yet, has no leaflets or maps. The cottages themselves are spread out around the grounds, ea...Read More

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Betwa Cottages

Orchha, India
(768) 025-2618

The Jahangir Mahal

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Attraction

The Jahangir Mahal Photo, Orchha, India
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The Jahangir Mahal is one of the best-preserved monuments in Orchha. It is one of the 50 or so palaces and forts built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo during his reign in the 17th century. This particular palace was built to commemorate the visit of Emporer Jahangir to the city of Orchha. There is a small museum off the central courtyard, but far more enticing are the steep stone steps leading to the hanging balconies of the upper floors. From these narrow ledges there is a good, if somewhat vertiginous, view down into the courtyard and across to the domes on top of the palace apartments. Numerous apartments and terraces are accessed from these balconies, some still showing traces of the turquoise tile mo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 29, 2005

The Jahangir Mahal
Orchha
Orchha, India

Lakshminarayan (Laxminarayana) Temple

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Attraction | "The Laxminarayana Temple"

Lakshminarayan (Laxminarayana) Temple Photo, Orchha, India
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The Laxminarayana Temple sits on a hill about a kilometre NW of the village. The best times to visit are either first thing in the morning or late afternoon, especially if you are walking as there is no shade from the midday sun. The first stage of the walk, through the village, was a bit of a building site, with some fairly major roadworks going on. This was apparently all part of an ongoing plan to build a bypass around the village in order to avoid the bottleneck at the crossroads. Accompanied by several small children who didn't want pens or chocolate (surprise, surprise!), we eventually reached the flagstone road that leads up to the temple. The views across the countryside are impressive, and fr...Read More

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Lakshminarayan (Laxminarayana) Temple
Orchha
Orchha, India

Wildlife Park

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Attraction

Wildlife Park Photo, Orchha, India
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The Wildlife Park is situated across the bridge on the south side of the Betwa River. It is a new and, at the time of writing, still-to-be-completed tourist-development project. The administrative office of the park is situated a few hundred yards from the river bank, and the area is currently being tastefully landscaped to provide picnic spots, pavilions, and footpaths down to the river. There are good views of the chhatris on the north bank from here. The main information office for the park is next to the bus station in the village, although we arranged our visit through our hotel. Prices for entrance do not seem to have been fixed yet, and they will vary according to whether you have your own tran...Read More

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Wildlife Park
Orchha
Orchha, India

The Betwa River and Bridge

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Attraction

The Betwa River and Bridge Photo, Orchha, India
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On arriving in Orchha, we passed through the village and down the hill towards the bridge and our hotel. As we rounded the corner, we were all amazed to see the river. Four years ago, it had been a boulder-strewn bed with small streams meandering between the rocks. There had even been a few isolated stagnant stretches of water. This year, however, it was in full spate, fast-flowing, and the most wonderful shade of blue. There were waterfalls, rapids, and calm bathing areas in equal measure. As we had been in Orchha at the same time of year on our previous visit, we wondered where the water had come from, as there had been no significant increase in rainfall this year. The vegetation on both banks ...Read More

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The Betwa River and Bridge
Orchha
Orchha, India