Orchha, a town in the Tikamgarh District is known as few of the most visited places in Madhya Pradesh. Orchha also gets importance due to few of the most popular places that exist within it, including the Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary.
Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary lies within the area through which Betwa River flows. It’s one of the most scenic places in Madhya Pradesh. The river water of Betwa forms one of the main sources of water for the wildlife living within. Unlike other vast wildlife sanctuaries, Orchha Wild life Sanctuary is comparatively smaller, around 25 kms long and 15 kms wide. Yet the Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary gains importance due to few factors, which includes rich wildlife, Betwa River and some dense plantations. Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to few of the most endangered species in the world.
Established in the year 1994, Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary lies within huge forest which is home to few of the dense plantations of Dhawa Trees and Kardhai Trees. Other than the Betwa River, Jamni River too flows along the Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary. Though it can’t be referred as a reserve, yet the Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary resembles a natural jungle environ which borders the Madhya Pradesh from Uttar Pradesh. The Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary appeals tourist for its solitude and natural forest ambience. Apart from Dhawa and Kardhai Trees, few other plants which contribute to the thick plantations of Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary include Teak, Palaash and Khair.
Though one may not enjoy the pleasure of spotting tigers and leopards, yet one can find many interesting fauna like spotted deer, Blue Bull, Peacock, Wild pig, Monkey, Jackal, Nilgai, Sloth Bear and many such species. Watching these animals within their natural habitats is a great experience within itself. But what appeals more than anything is the Bird watching experience one gets to enjoy in Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary. In fact Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary is often referred as a Bird Sanctuary by main foreign and Indian tourists. Around 200 bird species can be found at Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary near the river ecosystem, which includes many in-house birds and various migrants from all over the World like peafowls, peacocks, swans, black swan, Jungle Bush Quail, minivet, stork, kingfisher, owls, collared scops owls and many more.
Apart from Bird Watching, Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary also offers many other adventure sport options including fishing, river rafting, canoeing, boating, trekking, camping and jungle trekking and hiking opportunities.