Excursion To Orchha & Jhansi From Khajuraho With Lunch

14 hr

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On this day trip from Khajuraho, visit Orchha, a former princely state of India that is famous for its temples and palaces. The state was founded in 1531 by the Bundela Rajput King, Rudra Pratap Singh and by 1802 had come under British rule. What catches the eye are the beautiful canopies of the several palaces and cenotaphs that dot the area. Next visit the historical town of Jhansi that is synonymous with the valour...
On this day trip from Khajuraho, visit Orchha, a former princely state of India that is famous for its temples and palaces. The state was founded in 1531 by the Bundela Rajput King, Rudra Pratap Singh and by 1802 had come under British rule. What catches the eye are the beautiful canopies of the several palaces and cenotaphs that dot the area. Next visit the historical town of Jhansi that is synonymous with the valour of its Queen who fought fearlessly against the British.

Highlights
• Jahangir Mahal, Orchha
• Laxmi Narayan temple, Orchha
• Palace of Queen Laxmi Bai, Jhansi
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Itinerary Details

You will be picked up from your hotel for the 4-hour drive to Orchha, a 15th century town located on the banks of the River Betwa. On arrival in Orchha take lunch (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant before you start your visit.

After lunch visit Raj Mahal, a 17th century palace, that has some colorful murals depicting religious themes. Next visit Jahangir Mahal, a palace built in honor of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir to commemorate his visit to Orchha. The palace is an excellent example of Mughal architecture. Rai Parveen Mahal is another beautiful palace dedicated to the musician-poetess, Rai Parveen, Raja Indramani’s  paramour. Emperor Akbar was so taken in by her beauty that he summoned her to Delhi but sent her back to Orchha impressed with her dedication and love for Raja Indramani. The smallest palace in Orchha (and one that is in ruins) is the Sunder Mahal...
You will be picked up from your hotel for the 4-hour drive to Orchha, a 15th century town located on the banks of the River Betwa. On arrival in Orchha take lunch (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant before you start your visit.

After lunch visit Raj Mahal, a 17th century palace, that has some colorful murals depicting religious themes. Next visit Jahangir Mahal, a palace built in honor of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir to commemorate his visit to Orchha. The palace is an excellent example of Mughal architecture. Rai Parveen Mahal is another beautiful palace dedicated to the musician-poetess, Rai Parveen, Raja Indramani’s  paramour. Emperor Akbar was so taken in by her beauty that he summoned her to Delhi but sent her back to Orchha impressed with her dedication and love for Raja Indramani. The smallest palace in Orchha (and one that is in ruins) is the Sunder Mahal that was constructed by Prince Dhurjban who embraced Islam after marrying a Muslim girl and devoted his life to prayer and meditation. Dhurjban eventually came to be revered as a saint and Sunder Mahal became a pilgrimage site for Muslims.

The center of Orchha is the Ram Raja temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Rama whose idol was supposed to be installed in the magnificent Chaturbhuj temple. Legend has it that the idols refused to move after being installed here and so a temple was built around them!

Chaturbhuj temple is yet another impressive piece of architecture and was built to house the idols that are now inside the Ram Raja temple. Today, it houses the idols of Radha-Krishna.

Another important temple to visit is the Laxmi Narayan temple. The architecture of the temple is a fascinating mix of a fort and a temple. It has some exquisite, well-preserved wall murals which depict mythological themes.

Orchha also has 14 cenotaphs or chhatris situated in the midst of well laid-out gardens that serve as memorials to Orchha rulers.

Next drive to Jhansi. A 30-minute drive from Orchha, Jhansi is located in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It was the site of India’s first war of independence in 1857 that was fought by its brave Queen, Rani Laxmi Bai. Visit the Jhansi Fort and the Palace of Rani Laxmi Bai that has now been converted into a museum. The Government Museum also holds various historical artefacts and the entire first floor is dedicated to Rani Laxmi Bai.

At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your hotel in Khajuraho.

Important Details

Included
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Local English speaking guide
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person
  • Lunch
  • Lunch (beverage excluded)
Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure Point
Your hotel in the city of Khajuraho.
9:00 AM
Return Details
Same as departure location.
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and hats are highly recommended.
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.