One of the three most important temples in Orchha, the stunning Laxminarayan temple is dedicated to the Goddess Laxmi. However, you can’t find any idol of the Goddess inside the temple. One can notice wall paintings covering the walls and ceiling of three halls inside the temple. A perfect blend of temple and fort architecture, this temple is a visual treat to the eyes of tourists.
After a little bit of research, I made up my mind to take a short trip to Orchha, a small town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. I chose Orchha as it is within easy reach from Delhi, but the main factor was – my deep affection for ancient temples. Three days are enough to see the main attractions of this beautiful town, which lies on the Betwa River.
Some of the must-visit places are – The Fort of Orchha, The Chaturbhuj Temple and Raja Ram Temple. While the fort was built by the Bundela Rajput chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, the temple was built by the Queen of Orchha Ganeshi Bai during the reign of Emperor Akbar. I was so fascinated by the fantabulous architecture of these structures that I spent many hours just gandering at them.
The Orchha Fort complex: The complex has many ancient monuments, including palaces and temple. The fort and other structures were built by the Bundela Rajputs.
The Ram Raja Temple: Commonly known as the Orchha Temple, this place welcomes thousands of devotees everyday.
Chaturbhuj Temple: It is yet another masterpiece of Orccha. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this stunning temple has a multi-storied complex.
Cenotaphs: Situated on the bank of the Betwa river, Cenotaphs or Chhatris were constructed in the honor of its rulers. A total of 14 ‘Chhatris’ can be found here. Basically, these structures are empty tombs of past Orchha kings.
Things to remember: Orchha is a spiritual place, so it is advisable to wear modest clothes. Alcohol and meat eating is prohibited around the Raja Ram Mandir. Accommodation ranging from budget to luxury hotels are available. So one can easily book a room on spot. Considering that it is a small town, don’t expect any fancy nightlife.
You can read more about Orchha here.
Think of water-sports activities! The first place that comes in mind is Rishikesh. Yes this place is famous for offering some of India’s best water-sports activities. But there are other places too in the country that are attracting ardeline junkies with variety of water sports ranging from scuba diving to kayoing.
On my recent trip to Orchha, I went for kayaking in Betwa river, which is surrounded by lush and dense forest. Thanks to a well-trained instructor Mr. Manohar Lal Kewat, I had exhilarating experience that I will cherish forever.
It took approximately 1 hour to complete my three and half kilometer journey, which passed without any single problem.
While kayaking, one can spot a range of wildlife animals such as Nilgai and a lot of birds. One of the best part of kayaking in Betwa river is that it gives you an experience of getting close to nature. And my experience was not an exception to it. I also felt the same. I found nature in its purest and raw form. Serenity completely made me numb.
I had no idea that my kayaking experience will turn out to be such a memorable trip.
During the trip, we also stopped at few places to take some pictures of nature.
Barring from rainy season, you can enjoy kayaking in Betwa river throughout the year. The best time to go for Kayaking is between 8am-10am so that harsh sun does not spoil your mood.
If you are in Orchha, then I recommend you to contact Mr Manohar so that you can have a great experience of your life.
Mr Manohar Lala Kewat
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