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Chaturbhuj Temple

The spectacular soaring spires of the 16th-century Chaturbhuj Temple are visible from all over town. The Chaturbhuj has never been used for its intended purpose of housing the Rama idol that remains in the Ram...

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Jehangir Mahal

The Jehangir Mahal, an assault course of steep staircases and precipitous walkways, represents a zenith of Indo-Islamic architecture. More decorative than the Raj Mahal, it was built, or at least completed, in...

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Funerary monuments to Orchha royalty, the huge and serene chhatris rise beside the Betwa River at the south end of town. They’re best seen at dusk, when birds reel above the children splashing at the river ghats...

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Ram Raja Temple

Ram Raja Temple

At the west end of a lively square is the pink- and tangerine-domed Ram Raja Temple, the only temple where Rama is worshipped as a king and busy with crowds of devotees every day. Built as a palace for Madhukar...

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Raj Mahal

In several rooms of the 16th-century Raj Mahal, deities such as Brahma, Vishnu, the Buddha, Rama, Krishna, Sita and Ganesh, plus Orchha royalty, wrestle, hunt, fight, dance, sit and lie their way across walls and...

Gardens in Orchha

Phool Bagh

Prince Dinman Hardol is venerated as a hero in Bundelkhand for committing suicide to ‘prove his innocence’ over a supposed affair with his brother's wife. His memorial is in the Phool Bagh, a traditional charbagh...

Hindu Temple in Orchha

Lakshmi Narayan Temple

This soaring temple-cum-fort, on the road out to Ganj village, has fine rooftop views and well-preserved murals on the ceilings of its domed towers.

Palace in Orchha

Rai Praveen Mahal

Built for a famous lover of the 16th-century Raja Indrajit, this pavilion features murals of Praveen in various dance poses, plus one of Indrajit on horseback. Outside is a semi-well-kept formal Mughal garden.

Palace in Orchha

Palaki Mahal

The dilapidated Palaki Mahal, immediately north of the Ram Raja Temple, was the palace of Dinman Hardol (son of Bir Singh Deo), who committed suicide to ‘prove his innocence’ over a supposed affair with his...

Notable Building in Orchha

Camel Stables

Behind the Jehangir Mahal, the 'camel stables' (possibly, in fact, a royal pleasure pavilion) overlook a green landscape dotted with monuments.

Viewpoint in Orchha


Take in the views of the river and town at this lookout point.

Monument in Orchha

Sawan Bhado Pillars

These two pillars form an ingenious Persian-designed cooling system, being perforated on the top in order to catch the wind, while their lower parts were connected to a reservoir of water.

Ruins in Orchha

Ruined Haveli

Courtiers built their own mansions within the fortified walls of the palace area. This one, built in the 17th century, was one of the largest.