Orchha Fort Complex houses a large number of historical monuments consisting of forts, palaces, temples and other significant establishments. Orachha Fort Complex is located in Orchha town of Madhya Pradesh. All the establishments enveloped inside it are built by the Bundela Rajputs from the 16th century. King Rudra Pratap Singh of the Orchha State being the one who laid the foundation and the complex was further developed by his successors. The Orachha Fort Complex is located at a distance of 17. 5 Kms from Jhansi and can be reached in around 30 minutes via Tikamgarh-Jhansi Road.
Orchha Fort Complex is a historical and gorgeous fort built by Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh. The complex showcases an exquisite range of archaeological marvel of it's historical monuments. The ambience of the town is very pleasing, it is located on the banks of river Betwa, which adds to the serenity of the town. The word Orchha means a hidden place, the town is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. There are numerous ancient temples that date back to the 16th and 17th century. Despite being a small town, it has various spots that attract tourists like a trend buzz. Attractions like Rai Parveen Mahal, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Jahangir Mahal, Ram Raja temple, Raj Mahal, and Phool Bagh sees tourists from all over the Country and Foreigners too. The world-class Mural Paintings on the walls of the temples and buildings are another major attraction of the town.
Orchha Fort Complex also houses the Jahangir Mahal which was allegedly built to court the Emperor Jahangir for his of a single night only. Jahangir Mahal is a palace that was exclusively built by Bir Singh Deo in 1605 to entertain and host the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. The palace is built in four levels with the architectural features showcasing both Muslim and Rajput culture. The layout is a symmetrical square built in the inner courtyard of the fort and has eight large domes. The Jahangir Mahal has a mind boggling 136 rooms with arcaded openings, projecting platforms and windows with lattice design work. The roof above top floor of this Mahal is accessed through a steep stairway. It provides picturesque view of the Temples and the Betwa River outside the fort complex. The palace also houses a small archaeological museum. The legend behind the establishment of Lord Ram's idol and converting Raja Mahal, the residents of Kings and their families into Ram Raja Temple is also an interesting one. According to the legend, the temple was built after Rani Ganeshkuwari, the queen had a dream visitation by Lord Rama directing her to build a temple for Him, her dedication to Ram resulted in a new temple being established, the Chaturbuj Temple. The queen travelled to Ayodhya to obtain an image of Rama that was to be enshrined in the new temple. When she came back from Ayodhya, she kept the idol in her palace as the Chaturbuj Temple was still under construction. Upon completion, the idol of Rama had to be moved for installation at the Chatrubhuj Temple, it refused to be shifted from the palace. Hence, instead of the Chaturbhuj Temple, the Rama's idol remained in the palace where as the Chaturbhuj Temple remained without an idol in its sanctum. As Rama was worshipped in the palace, part of the palace was converted into the Rama Raja Temple; it is the only shrine in the country where Rama is worshipped as a King. Sheesh Mahal and Phool Bagh are also the highlights of the complex along with the Jahangir Mahal and Ram Raja Temple.
Orchha Fort Complex is a bit off radar which makes it a perfect getaway, there is a sense of ease and serenity. Highly recommended for families or couples to visit for a relaxed and stress busting time out with even light and sound shows. The entry fees for the Orachha Fort complex is, INR 20 for Indians and INT 250 for Foreigner Tourists with Still Camera Charges at Rs 25 and Video Camera Charges at Rs 200. Orachha Fort Complex can be visited during timings 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM.