Orchha is a beautiful town in Tikamgarh district of  Madhya Pradesh state of central India, which has amazing places to visit. It is a town full of historical monuments such as forts, palaces, temples and other buildings that showcase the royal lifestyle and will have you travel back in time. The monuments made in different eras will give you an insight into how the art of construction of buildings evolved over a period of time. The different architectural styles of different eras have their own uniqueness. Each historical building has its own tale to tell. So you will come across a different story for each building.

Also known as Urcha, the town was established by Rudra Pratap Singh as the seat of an erstwhile princely state in Bundelkhand region of central India. Though not exactly known it is believed that Orchha was established somewhere around 1501. Situated on the bank of Betwa river it is at a distance of 80 km(50 mi) from Tikamgarh and 15 km(9.3 mi) from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. Rudra Pratap Singh, who was the king from 1501 to 1531, also built the Orchha Fort.


1. Orchha Fort - The biggest attraction and one of the best places to visit in Orchha is its largest monument, Orchha Fort which houses many palaces and forts. Situated on a seasonal island on Betwa river in a very scenic location, it is a huge palace-fort which consists of several interconnected buildings. The interesting part is that these buildings, including forts and palaces, were built at different times and under the reign of different kings. The three most prominent and attractive among these are Raja Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, and Rai Parveen Mahal.

Orchha fort, Madhya Pradesh
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Raja Mahal, built in the 17th century by Madhukar Shah, depicts his deep religious beliefs in its design. It is the oldest monument in the fort. It's bold and colorful murals revolving around religion are quite stunning.

Raja Mahal at Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
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Jahangir Mahal was built by Madhukar Shah's successor Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in honor of his friend, the Mughal emperor Jahangir. It is considered to be a great example of Mughal architecture and its grandeur.

Jahangir Mahal, Orchha
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Rai Parveen Mahal - Rai Parveen was a dancer and a poetess in the court of king Indramani, who was deeply in love with her and built this beautiful palace for her. The palace was at it's beautiful best with lush green gardens and magnificent balconies, but now it is in ruins but still worth a visit.

Rai Parveen Mahal, Orchha
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2. Ram Raja Temple - This is the center of attraction in Orchha. The presiding deity in the temple is Lord Rama. It is believed that the idol of Lord Rama was supposed to be shifted to Chaturbhuj Temple but idol refused to move from here, so a temple was built around the idol. The temple has a plain exterior with projecting windows and delicate domes. It is built on a square base. Ram Raja Temple is a highly respected and revered place for the locals.

Ram Raja Temple, Orchha
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Picture of Ram Raja Temple, Orchha
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3. Chaturbhuj Temple - This is another beautiful temple with marvelous architecture and is counted among the top places to visit in Orchaa. Again, it was built in the 17th century by the Bundela king and he is said to have chosen the site of the temple himself to enable him to have a view of Lord Krishna, directly from his palace. The sheer beauty of the architecture is so mesmerizing that it may inspire many architectural minds. You can get a stunning view of the city surroundings from the top of the temple.

Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha
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View of Chaturbhuj Tenple, Orchha
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4. Laxminarayan Temple - Constructed in a design which is the blend of temple and fort, this temple has it's own uniqueness. It was built in 1662 and shows innovative minds even at that time. Beautiful and exquisite wall paintings of that time adorn the walls of the temple and their color and grandeur are still intact.

Laxminarayan Temple, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
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5. Dinman Hardaul's Palace - This palace was named after prince Hardaul and built in his honor. The story goes that prince Hardaul's elder brother Jhujhar suspected him to be involved with his companion. Prince Hardaul took the decision to end his life to prove his innocence and uphold his value. Dinman Hardaul palace was built to honor his sacrifice. The palace was built in the 17th century but its architecture stands proof of the skill of the artisans of that time.

Dinman Hardaul Palace, Madhya Pradesh
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6. Jhansi Fort - Another gem of a place to visit in Orchaa is the Jhansi Fort. The fort is located right in the center of the city in an area of 49 acres and is said to be one of the best-fortified areas in India. It was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo on a hill in the 17th century and is also known as 'Rani Jhansi ka Quila'. There is a museum inside the form that has stored sculptures of that time and depicts the history of that area.

7. Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary - Spread over an area of 46 sq. km, it is a prime attraction of Orchha. It was established in the year 1994 and its beauty is enhanced by the river Betwa, which flows through the area. It houses a wide variety of wild animals including tigers, leopards, langurs, jackals and sloth bear. It is a paradise for bird watchers as it has over 200 species of birds and many migratory birds like a woodpecker, jungle bush quail, black swan, and geese visit this sanctuary.

Wildlife sanctuary at Orchha
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8. Chattris - Chattris meaning cenotaphs are an integral part of Orchha and glorify the cultural heritage of the era goneby. There are 14 chattris built on the sides of Betwa river apart from many other dottings the Orchha landscape. These chattris reflect the mighty Bundelkhand dynasty and are a testament of their contribution in the region. Their amazing architecture has to be seen to be believed.

Chattris of Orchha
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9. Uth Khana - Or the house/shelter of camels. This is where camels used to rest. It is located next to Orchha Fort. You can go to the roof of uth khana and have a splendid view of the entire Orchha town.

Besides this, if you want to explore further, go behind the Orchha fort and you will find ruins of houses of various ministers and officials of that time apart from a gunpowder factory. Walking through these ruins gives a strong feeling of walking back in time and is quite exhilarating. Orchha has a beautiful landscape.

Apart from monuments, there are so many other things to do in Orchha.


River rafting is one of the adventurous things to do in Orchha. Rafting and boating are allowed in the river Betwa. Rafting starts from the Boat club. It is quite an enjoyable experience. A single raft usually carries up to 6 people and charges around INR1000 for the same. Tickets for rafting can be purchased from MP Tourism offices at hotel Sheesh Mahal or Betwa retreat.


If you want to relax your body and mind, go for an ayurvedic massage. It is relaxing as well as soothing. This ayurvedic massage is available in Orchha Resort as well as Amar Mahal. The charges could vary from INR500-2000.


Just 5 km from the city, in Orchha Natural Reserve, is a beautiful river island called nature trail. This is a 12 km long island, surrounded by river Betwa and river Jamni. There is a very nominally priced entry ticket available here itself, which you need to buy. Just walk around and enjoy the peaceful natural beauty. You can also do cycling here as the trail is well marked with signposts and there is no risk of getting lost.

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Air - The nearest airport is Gwalior at about 120 km(75 mi) distance. Gwalior is well connected to other major cities by regular flights. From here you can take a taxi and reach Orchha.

Rail - The nearest railway station is Jhansi, which is about 16 km(10 mi) away. From Jhansi, you have the option of hiring a taxi or getting on to a bus or even an autorickshaw.

Road - Orchha is well connected by road and is easily accessible from major cities like Gwalior and Jhansi. You can hire a taxi from these places to reach Orchha. Many private and government buses are also available from Jhansi. And you can even hire an auto rickshaw from Jhansi to reach there.

WHERE TO STAY IN ORCHHA - There are hotels in Orchha suiting all budgets. You can get budget hotels to luxury hotels as per your requirement and budget.



Hi friends! Do you know how many UNESCO World Heritage Sites are there in India? Well, as per the latest UNESCO records, there are as many as 37 world heritage sites in India, which is among the highest number of world heritage sites in a single country anywhere. These world heritage sites in India are the flagbearers of the heritage of India and its historical and natural treasure. UNESCO recognizes only those sites which it feels belong to the whole mankind irrespective of their locations. So India's world heritage sites hold tremendous cultural, historical as well as natural value for everyone. But not everyone knows about every UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

There are a few which are very well known like, Taj Mahal, Khajuraho, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Sun Temple in Konark and Red Fort complex in Delhi which is quite well known. But there are some which do not get as much attention as they should as world heritage sites. So here I bring to you, 7 of these lesser known world heritage sites in India, which, I am sure, you will find beautiful and amazing but will also make you proud of the richness of culture and nature that India possesses.


Located in the northeastern state of Assam, Manas National Park derives its name from the river Manasa, which flows nearby. Situated on the foothills of the mighty Himalayas near Bhutan, the park was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in December'1985. Even before that Manas national park was declared a tiger reserve since 1973. That is the reason the chief attraction here is the royal Bengal tiger. This park has as many as 55 species of mammals and 380 species of birds, so bird watching becomes a very natural activity here. Apart from this, there are 50 species of reptiles also. Apart from tiger, the other species of animals found here are elephants, rhinoceros, Barasinga, leopards, Asian golden cat, capped langur, barking deer, black panther, etc.

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How to Reach Manas National Park?

By Air - The nearest airport is Bagdogra in Guwahati, which is about 176 km away. It will take 4-5 hours to reach Manas National Park from Guwahati airport.

BY Train - Guwahati again is the nearest major rail link to all the major cities of India. However, there are quite a few trains which halt at Barpeta Road railway station, which is around 25 km from Manas National park.

By Road - As I said earlier, you have to reach Guwahati first and from there you can travel to Manas National Park by road through national highway no. 31.

2. RANI - KI - VAV

Situated in Patan, Gujarat, Rani Ki Vav is a stepwell which is intricately carved. Rani Ki Vav means Queen's stepwell and is believed to have been built between 1063 and 1068 AD. It was built by queen Undayamati in the memory of her husband Bhima. It was declared a world heritage site in India by UNESCO on 22nd June' 2014. In 2016, it won the title "cleanest iconic place" in India during the Indian Sanitation Conference. Rani Ki Vav is 64 m long, 20 m wide and 27 m deep. There are as many as seven galleries which include more than 800 beautiful sculptures. These sculptures are carved on pillars and the theme is majorly based on Lord Vishnu. The whole stepwell depicts the architecture of a bygone era. There is an entry ticket of INR 5 for Indian nationals and for foreign nationals, this fee is USD 2.

RANI KI VAV, Gujarat
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How to reach Rani Ki Vav?

By Air - The nearest airport is Ahmedabad, the capital city of Gujarat. From here, it takes around 3.5 hrs to reach Patan.

By Rail - The nearest railway station is Mehsana. From here you have to travel by road and it will take around 1.5 hours to reach Patan from here.

By Road - Patan is well connected by road. You can get a bus or hire a cab to reach there from Ahmedabad or Mahsana. Another alternative is a shared jeep, which is cheaper but less comfortable.


Another national park in northeast India, Khangchendzonga National Park is located in Sikkim. It was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India in July'2016. It is basically a Biosphere reserve. This park was declared a mixed heritage site because of its rich wildlife as well as natural treasures. It got its name from Mt. Kanchenjunga, which is also called Khangchendzonga and is the third highest peak in the world. This park has rich wildlife and you can spot animals like red panda, snow leopard, great Tibetan sheep, wild dog, Himalayan black bear, and bharal, etc. Apart from this, there are bird species like grey peacock pheasant, black neck crane, blood pheasant, Tibetan snow cock, etc. Besides this park has 18 big glaciers which include Zemu glacier known for its huge size. There are 17 beautiful lakes also in Khangchedzonga National park, which has an area of around 850 sq. km.

You need to take permission from the state wildlife department to visit the park, which grants the permission for a fee of INR 350 for seven days to Indian nationals and INR 560 to foreign nationals. For every additional day, the fee is INR 40 for Indians and INR 80 for foreign nationals.

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How to reach Khangchendzonga National Park?

By Air - The nearest airport is Bagdogra, which is around 170 km away.

By Rail - The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is again around 170 km away.

By Road - It is 46 km away from the capital city of Gangtok and is well connected by road to Gangtok.


This is the latest addition to the list of World Heritage Sites in India by UNESCO. Situated in Fort area of Mumbai, this is a collection of buildings in which some buildings are of Victorian Gothic style and others are of Art Deco style. Located across the Oval Maidan (earlier known as Esplanade). There are a total of 94 buildings in this collection. These are all 19th and 20th-century buildings, which will be protected as heritage sites. The Victorian Gothic buildings include 19th-century landmarks like Bombay High court and the University of Mumbai as well as iconic Rajabai clock tower. The Art Deco buildings primarily include 20th-century residential buildings. This ensemble of buildings was given world heritage tag as recently as July'2018. The reason they have got this tag is that these buildings symbolize the phases of modernization that Mumbai has undergone during the last two centuries.

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How to Reach Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai

It is very easy to reach these ensembles as these are located in the heart of the city in South Mumbai.


Running for a stretch of 1600 km along the Western coast of India, Western Ghats is a mountain range which has been termed as one of the top hot spots of biodiversity in the world. This mountain range has an area of 160000 sq. km and stretches to six states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Gujarat. The Western Ghats are not as high as the Himalayas but they are as beautiful and more diversified in flora and fauna. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in India, Western Ghats are also known as Sahyadri range. 

You can imagine the variety of flora and fauna available in this mountain range by the simple fact that it has over 5000 species of flowering plants, 139 species of mammals and over 500 bird species. Then there are about 39 other sites including reserved forests and national parks that come under this World Heritage Site. The greenery of Western Ghats is eye-catching and will leave you mesmerized. Overall, Western Ghats is home to some of the most beautiful places, animals, birds, flowers, forests and water bodies. And you can't forget the magnificent mountains. There is ample incentive for you to visit this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.

Western Ghats, India
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How to Reach Western Ghats

You travel to any of the above-mentioned states and you will find some part of the Western Ghats.


Located in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh in central India, Bhimbetka Rock Shelters give you an insight into the earliest life in India, right from the stone age. This site is scattered over an area of more than 10 sq. km and has in it more than 750 rock shelters and seven hills. The word Bhimbetka is based on Bhim from Mahabharata and is often interpreted as "Bhim baithka" or the sitting place of Bhim. This amazing site was included in the list of World Heritage Sites in India by UNESCO in the year 2003. Some of the rock shelters were used as long as 100000 years back. The caves here have paintings are more than 30000 years old and will give you a glimpse of the art and thought process of that era. 

These rock shelters and caves are archaeological treasures and are sure to bring a child-like excitement in you. The paintings on the walls of caves are considered to be the oldest Indian art. The most wonderful thing about Bhimbetka Rock Shelters is that the colors of paintings have not worn out even after all these years. Which is miraculous. This place is not about history but about the evolution of mankind in India. The rich flora and fauna around this place are added incentive to visit this place. So if you are interested in seeing the signs of earliest human habitation, head straight to Bhimbetka Rock Shelters.

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How to Reach Bhimbetka Rock Shelters?

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are situated 45 km away from the state capital Bhopal and it is the nearest airport as well as the railway station to reach this place. From Bhopal, you have to travel by road to reach Bhimbetka Rock Shelters.


It is a group of Hindu and Jain temples and monuments located in a complex situated in Pattadakal in Karnataka state in South India. The 7th and 8th-century temples were built by Chalukya dynasty and underscore their love for art and architecture. There are about 10 Hindu temples in Pattadakal and all are dedicated to Lord Shiva. So the whole town reverberates with Shiva vibes. You will be mesmerized by the beauty of the architecture of the temples. Some temples have a Dravidian style of architecture while some others have northern Aryan style architecture and two of the temples have a confluence of southern and northern architectural style.

Pattadakal is situated on the banks of the river Malprabha. The existence of temples and the river will give you a feeling of being at some holy place. Even locals consider it as a sacred place. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1987, these temples fall under the category of the protected monument and are maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). You will be amazed to see the friezes in the temples as they depict stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata as well as concepts from Vedas and Puranas. The whole complex is a testament to the fact that how architecturally advanced Chalukya dynasty was. So whether you are religiously inclined or not, you must visit Pattaadakal group of monuments for its sheer architectural splendor.

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How to Reach Pattadakal?

By Air - The nearest airport is Belgaum, which is 180 km away. The nearest international airport is Bangaluru which is 510 km away.

By Train - The nearest railway station is Badami which is about 22 km away.

By Road - Pattadakal is well connected by road to all the major cities of Karnataka and state-run buses are available from all the major cities to reach Pattadakal.

World heritage site of India

Looking at the above list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India, you can easily see how culturally, historically, naturally, architecturally rich India is. So, its time you pack your bags and go out and explore this richness.