Welcome to Orchha
This historic small town on the Betwa River showcases a supreme display of Mughal-influenced Rajput architecture in the shape of spectacular palaces, temples and royal chhatris (cenotaphs). The atmosphere in Orchha is far more laid-back and hassle-free than in northern Madhya Pradesh's other famed monument village, Khajuraho, making for a relaxed stay. There are great homestay options as well as opportunities to... Read More
Top experiences in Orchha
6-Night Private Golden Triangle Tour Including Khajuraho from Delhi
Day 1: Delhi (No Meal)After you arrive at the airport in Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel by air-conditioned private vehicle.Overnight: Golden Tulip or similar Day 2: Delhi / Jhansi by Train (B,L)Early morning you will get on the train and head to Jhansi to see the Khajuraho. Your deluxe train Shatabdi Express departs from New Delhi Railway Station (breakfast will be served on board). A few hours later you will arrive at Jhansi Railway Station and meet your driver at the main exit gate and drive to Khajuraho to see the temples built in the 9th/10th century. Khajuraho is a beautifully crafted large temple dedicated to kamasutra motifs, and it very interesting to observe. The Kandariya Mahadeo Temple is the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple with exquisite carvings and intricate and detailed craftsmanship in stone depicting divine deities, celestial maidens, eternal lovers, gods and goddesses. Later that evening, there will be an optional sound and light show. The show evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th century to present day.Overnight: Ramada or similar Day 3: Khajuraho to Orchha (B,L)Early this morning you will drive to the town of Orchha that lies on the Betwa River set amongst a complex of well-preserved palaces and temples. After lunch, you will visit a beautiful fortress of Jahangir Maha, reached by an arched bridge.Overnight: Amar Mahal or similar Day 4: Orchha to Agra (B,L) After breakfast you will drive to the city of Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. This UNESCO World Heritage Site (also one of the Seven Wonders of the World) takes you through images of rural India.Overnight: Four Point by Sheraton or similar Day 5: Agra / Jaipur (B,L)This morning you will visit the Taj Mahal. Later you will visit the UNESCO site, Agra Fort. After lunch you drive to Pink City Jaipur. You will see a beautiful spectacle of architectural intricacy.Overnight: Ramada or similar Day 6: Jaipur Sightseeing (B,L)This morning you will visit the fortress at Amber. Following lunch, you will visit the Maharajah’s city palace which is now partly a museum display and a unique fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture. During the evening, you can go shopping in Jaipur for gemstones, silver jewelry, paintings, blue pottery and hand printed textiles that Jaipur is famous forOvernight: Ramada or similar Day 7: Jaipur to Delhi drop (B,L)After Breakfast drive to Delhi drop
3-Day Kahjuraho Private Tour from Delhi by Train
Day 1: Delhi (B,L)Early morning pick-up from your hotel or the airport in Delhi and transfer to New Delhi Railway Station where you will board a train to Jhansi. Depart from New Delhi Railway Station at 6am. Breakfast will be served on board. Note: Passengers must carry valid photo ID.Relax and enjoy the view of the countryside on your train ride from Delhi to Jhansi. Arrive at Jhansi Railway Station at 10:40am and meet your driver at the main exit gate. Drive to Khajuraho, where you will see the legendary temples of Khajuraho built in the 9th and the 10th century. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. Overnight: Ramada or similar in KhajurahoDay 2: Khajuraho (B,L)After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Western group of Temples (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Start with Kandariya Mahadeo, the largest Khajuraho temple with exquisite carvings and intricate and detailed craftsmanship in stone depicting divine deities, celestial maidens, eternal lovers, gods and goddesses. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.After lunch, visit Chitragupta Temple which is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya Dev). Continue to Vishwanatha Temple which has impressive entrances with magnificent stone guarding its northern steps and royal masonry elephants taking care of the southern steps. In the afternoon, visit Lakshmana Temple, a pretty Vaishnava temple that flaunts a lintel over its entrance depicting the divine trinity of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva along with Goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu.In the evening, optionally see the Sound and Light Show, a spectacle that evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day. Overnight: Ramada or similar in KhajurahoDay 3: Kahjuraho to Delhi by Train (B,L,D)After breakfast at the hotel, leave Khajuraho to drive to Orchha. Formerly the capital of Bundelas, Orchha is a village set among a complex of well-preserved palaces and temples. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit Orchha Chahatris, 14 chhatris or memorials for its rulers, situated near the Kanchan Ghat on River Betwa. Phool Bagh, is a well-laid garden and was the resting place of the Bundela rulers. Also visit Orchha Fort, which is located on an island on River Betwa, having a number of palaces to visit within it; the most noteworthy of them are Rajmandir and Jahangir MahalDepart Orchha in the evening to return to the Jhansi Railway station to return to Delhi. The train departs at 6:40pm and dinner will be served on board. Note: Passengers must carry valid photo ID.Arrive at New Delhi Railway Station at 10:40pm, where you will be met by a representative who will assist you in boarding your vehicle for return transfer to your Delhi hotel or the airport.
3-Night Spirituality and Kama Sutra Tour from Varanasi to New Delhi
Day 1: Varanasi ArrivalA guide will greet in the arrivals hall of the Varanasi International Airport to any Varansasi hotel. Spend the day at leisure. Overnight accommodation: 4- or 5-star hotel in VaranasiDay 2: Visit the Ganges and Temples of Varanasi Visit the sacred Ganges for a boat ride at dawn and observe hundreds of people bathing in the sacred waters. Dock the boat at Manikarnika (Cremation) Ghat. On any given day, anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred corpses are cremated here. Come in the afternoon to visit several temples and the Hindu University at Banaras. The first stop will be at the Bharat Mata (Temple of Mother India). Next up, visit the Durga Templ, known for its bright red color and the playful monkeys that run amok. The university, which occupies a large piece of land at the southern end of town, is also home to the New Vishwanatha Temple. The New Temple is modern in design and open to Hindus and non-Hindus alike. In the evening, visit the Ghats of Varanasi to witness the performance of Ganges Aarti. Finally, enjoy a special evening cruise on the Ganges. Overnight: 4- or 5-star hotel in VaranasiDay 3: Varanasi to Khajuraho Enjoy breakfast before checking out of the hotel. Then, begin the journey to Sarnath, one of the centers of Buddhism in India. Visit the Dhamekh Stupa (where Buddha gave his first sermon after enlightenment), Chaukhandi Stupa, Deer Park, and Sarnath Archaeological Museum. Afterwards, drive back to the Varanasi Airport for a flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival, make a brief stop at a hotel, then head to the Western group of the Khajuraho Temples. The temples are famous for their Nagara-style architectural symbolism and salacious sculptures. Later in the evening, enjoy a sound and light show. Overnight: 4- or 5-star hotel in Khajuraho Day 4: New Delhi Have breakfast, then visit the Eastern group of the Khajuraho Temples. Proceed to Orchha by a private, air-conditioned vehicle, then visit Jahangir Mahal and Raja Mahal. See Chaturbhug Temple and the Grand Cenotaphs before transferring to the Jhansi Railway Station for a train journey to New Delhi. Upon arrival, receive a hotel or Delhi airport drop-off before a flight home.
3-Day Private Tour: Kahjuraho from Delhi by Train
Day 1: Delhi to Khajuraho (B,L)Get picked up from your Delhi hotel or the Indira Gandhi International Airport and tranfer to the New Delhi Railway Station. There, you will board the deluxe train to Jhansi for a 6am departure. Breakfast will be served during your 4-hour journey until your arrival at the Jhansi Railway Station. Meet your driver at the main exit gate and drive to Khajuraho to see the legendary temples.Take a break for a buffet lunch at 1pm before heading to the evening Sound and Light Show. After the show, head to your hotel where you will spend the rest of your night. Overnight: Ramada or similar hotel.Day 2: Khajuraho Sightseeing (B,L)Have breakfast, then at 8am, visit the western group of temples including Kandariya Mahadeva Temple. This is arguably one of the largest and most typical temples as opposed to the Chaunsath Yogini temple, the earliest temple of the group that has survived. Take a lunch break at 1pm before visiting the Chitragupta Swamy Temple, dedicated to Surya Dev.Come 4pm, take time to visit the Lakshmana Temple, then head back to your hotel for the night. Overnight: Ramada or similar hotel.Day 3: Khajuraho to Delhi (B,L)After breakfast, drive to Janshi at 8am to visit the village of Orchha. Arrive at 11:30am and observe the 14 memorials as well as well-preserved palaces and temples. Enjoy a buffet lunch at 1pm before heading to Orchha Fort, a complex located on an island on River Betwa.At 5pm, drive to the Jhansi Railway Station to board the train back to Delhi. Dinner will be served on board before your 10:40pm arrival. Meet your driver to be transferred to your Delhi hotel or the airport.
20-Day Cultural Heritage Tour of Rajasthan from New Delhi
Rajasthan, the largest State in India, is known all over the world for its amazing monuments and its exquisite art and culture. No other part of India reconciles the many paradoxes of India. The marble palaces and spacious gardens give a medieval feel which is remarkable.Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi Your guide will meet and greet you, then transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Day 2: DelhiComplete tour of Old and New Delhi, including Qutab Minar, Himayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple, India Gate, President's House, the Gandhi Memorial, Red fort and Jamia Mosque. Day 3: Delhi - Udaipur Fly to Udaipur, with an afternoon visit to Jagdish temple. Day 4: Udaipur See the City Palace and Museum and the Folk Art Museum.Day 5: Udaipur - Jodhpur A morning drive Udaipur to Jodhpur, evening at leisure. Day 6: Jodhpur Sites include the Mehrangarh Fort, Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal., Jaswant Thada, and the Umaid gardens. Day 7: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer A morning drive to Jaisalmer, evening at leisure. Day 8: Jaisalmer Complete tour of Jaisalmer, including Jaisalmer Fort, street markets, and a camel ride to the sand dunes. Stay over night in the desert in a tent accommodation. Day 9: Jaisalmer - BikanerAfter your drive, enjoy a visit the Bhanda Sagar Jain and the Deshnoke Rat temple. Day 10: Bikaner - JaipurAfter breakfast drive to Jaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure. Day 11: Jaipur Complete tour of Jaipur, including Amber Fort; the City Place, Jantar Mantar, the Jai Singh II observatory and the Hawa Mahal.Day 12: Jaipur - Agra Enroute to the Agra, home of the famed Taj Mahal, a trip to Fatehpur Sikri.Day 13: Agra Sunrise visit to the famed Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his queen; also visit Agra Fort. Day 14: Agra - OrchhaAfter breakfast, a drive to Orchha and arrival at your hotel for overnight rest. Day 15: Orchha - KhajurahoA tour of Orchha and it’s magnificent temples and monuments. See painted murals of the Bundela school of painting. Later drive to KhajurahoDay 16: Khajuraho A visit to the southern, western and eastern temples of Khajuraho. Day 17: Khajuraho - Varanasi A flight to Varanasi. In the evening, view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Day 18: Varanasi Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats; then an excursion to Sarnath, the deer park and the museum. Day 19: Varanasi - Delhi Complete tour of the holy city of Varanasi, covering temples and Aurangazeb's Mosque. Day 20: Delhi A day free for relaxation and evening departure to the airport/station for the onward journey.
Exploring the Hidden Beauty of Orchha Day Tour
Meet your local guide at the Orchha Fort ticket counter at 7:30am and proceed on a day of exploring the architectural wonders of Orchha. Located along the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha was founded and ruled by Bundela Dynasty of the Bundelkhand area, now renamed Madhya Pradesh. Tranquil and serene, Orchha has historically been referred to as one of India’s most beautifully preserved princely states, keeping the old Bundelkhand alive.In the company of your guide, proceed to the famous Raja Ram Temple and attend the morning aarti ceremony. Understand the faith that brings thousands of devotees to the only temple in India that worships the prime deity God Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu, as a king of the city. The temple has a fascinating legend attached to it that made this once palace the abode of God. Learn from your local guide the story behind the temple and how every day at sunset, armed salutation is given in the honor of God Rama in royal style.After attending the aarti ceremony, proceed with your guide to the 17th-century Orchha Fort and visit the King and Queen's Palaces. Visit the Jahangir Fort, built by King Vir Singh in honor of his childhood friend and Mughal prince, Jahangir. Learn from your guide how Emperor Jahangir presented the state of Bundelkhand to King Vir Singh who helped him defeat the army of Abul Fazi and take a dip in the interesting history of the land.From the fort board a tuk-tuk at 9:30am and proceed to the unique cenotaphs, built in the memory of Bundela Kings. Commonly known as Chhatris, these cenotaphs are laid down in a row along the banks of Betwa River and are an excellent example of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Your guide will explain to you the relevance of these melancholic ruins from the past as the tour comes to an end at 11:30am.