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Thursday, 2 December 2010


For those of you seeking a medieval city which has withstood the ravages of time you could not chose better than a visit to Orccha. This is not far from Kahajuraho but feels quieter and more relaxed. It is built on the banks of the river Betwa which is a beautiful fairly fast flowing river. It is such a shame that when we went to enjoy the sunset by the river side we had to watch where we walked and stood as this spot of considerable beauty was used by locals as ...well...a poo stop.

Based in Madhya Pradesh this is a wonderful 16th century castle and palace at the time of the Bundhela dynasty.It is preserved virtually intact and what is wonderful about it, is that unlike so many of the archeological sites in India these days where large parts are closed off to visitors here you can really roam around.

 Climb the stairs to the top floor to see the magnificent views of the river and the valley below. Have a feel for the rooms and palaces all of which are open and can be explored. Look close up at the wonderful painted ceilings and the intricate wooden carvings and enjoy the stories of intrigue and conspiracy that any guide worth his salt will offer up.Visit the cenotaphs which were built to honour members of the dynasty.Big and impressive but an empty testament to those for whom they were built.


  1. Beautiful photos! How far is it from Delhi? I'd love to visit...

  2. Shhh... don't tell too many people about Orchha. An inveterate traveller told me about it early this year in confidence, describing it as one of the last undiscovered gems of India. I've still not visited but it's high on the list, and I want it to remain unspoilt!

  3. Caitlin it is in Madhya Pradesh. So train or plane and you can combine with Khajuraho. Love m

  4. We were just in Orchha - stayed with local potter and his lovely family in the perimeter village of Ganj through the organisation Friends of Orchha - only way to stay in that gorgeous area!

  5. The best time to visit Orchha is between the months of September and March. The average temperature remains at 27 degrees Celsius during these months.


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