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This is so far a wonderful winter season in Orchha because vast areas of the wildlife sanctuary in Orchha are flooded – including parts that were dry in previous years. Many migratory birds including ducks and waders have only just started trickling in, but there is already an unmistakable buzz about the place.

River rafting

Orchha’s lakes, ponds, marshlands and grasslands are a haven for bird lovers.

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The areas near river Betwa, have started witnessing thousands of‪ peaafowls and more than 71 species of other migratory birds from around the world, as the ‪winter season reaches its peak! 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, woodpecker, geese, collared scops owls and many more.

It is truly a paradise of feathered life which provides unlimited opportunities to bird watchers. Various other lakes and ponds spread over the town offer the bird watchers an enthusiast opportunity to watch the activities of  birds.

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Among the mogul ruins of the ancient Indian town of Orchha, are the huge Raja and Jahangir Mahals, the Chaturbhuj Temple and a collection of impressive chhatris (cenotaphs) on the banks of the River Betwa. Atop the rooftops of these decaying buildings roost a colony of Indian Vultures. They are huge birds, but we didn’t notice them at first as they blend into the baroque ornament of the spires and parapets. However when they spread their wings and take to the air, they cast shadows on the ground, and looking up… well, they are magnificent. When they alight again, they look so much a part of the roofline – medieval gargoyles, stern against the sky.

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So, wait no more and go for  a bird watching spree as this is a hobby which has minimum requirements. …. All you need is a binocular!!

This could be the perfect time for you to sight the rare species of birds in the quaint town of cenotaphs and palaces: Orchha!!

For more details please contact…

Amar Mahal

Orchha, District Tikamgarh,

Madhya Pradesh – INDIA

Tel : + 917680252102, 252202

Fax : +917680-252203

email : reservation@amarmahal.com

amarmahal@bsnl.in

 

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 (Anogeissus Spp). Other than the Betwa River, Jamni River too flows along the Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ancient cenotaphs

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 ambiance.

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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.

River rafting

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, woodpecker, geese, collared scops owls and many more.

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 peafowl, peacocks, white swan, 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.

The best time to visit Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to June. During the winter season up to the summers, the sanctuary is at its best. Visit during monsoons however is not recommended, as animals usually go for hideouts due to heavy rains. TheBetwaRiver may also get flooded due to heavy rains following to which the sanctuary may also close down temporarily.

Visit the beautiful town of bundelkhand for its beautiful wildlife sanctuary and its incredible habitats from amidst the luxuries of  Amar Mahal.

For an unforgettable experience of magnificent architecture, regal hospitality and the beauty of nature, feel free to contact

Amar Mahal

Orchha, District Tikamgarh,

Madhya Pradesh – INDIA

Tel : + 917680252102, 252202

Fax : +917680-252203

email : reservation@amarmahal.com

amarmahal@bsnl.in

 

Among the mogul ruins of the ancient Indian town of Orchha, are the huge Raja and Jahangir Mahals, the Chaturbhuj Temple and a collection of impressive chhatris (cenotaphs) on the banks of the River Betwa.

Vultures in Orchha

Atop the rooftops of these decaying buildings roost a colony of Indian Vultures. They are huge birds, but we didn’t notice them at first as they blend into the baroque ornament of the spires and parapets. However when they spread their wings and take to the air, they cast shadows on the ground, and looking up… well, they are magnificent. When they alight again, they look so much a part of the roofline – medieval gargoyles, stern against the sky.

Vultures in Orchha

Sadly, Indian Vultures have suffered huge population declines – around 98% – in recent years, due to the widespread use of a cattle drug which persists in carcasses and causes kidney failure in vultures. The Govt has banned the drug as of 2010, but it is still being used and it will take a while before it is replaced. And many more years before populations of this long-lived bird may recover.

In the first-ever vulture census recently in Orchha Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh, 125 vultures of four species and their nests have been found.

Vultures in Orchha

These include 50 indigenous vultures, 63 White Backed, 9 Egyptian and 3 King Vultures. Migratory Cinereous Griffon Vulture, which comes from Himalayas, was also detected in Orchha Sanctuary (Tikkamgarh district)

As per the census report, total 14 vultures have been found in Sinauniya area of Orchha Sanctuary including one Indian, 11 White Backed, 2 Egyptian vultures and one nest. As many as 25 vultures have been detected in Chhatri Samooh area including 3 Egyptian and 14 nests of Indian vultures.

Vultures in Orchha

This could be the perfect time for you to sight these rare species in the quaint town of cenotaphs and palaces: Orchha!!

For more details please contact…

Amar Mahal
Orchha, District Tikamgarh,
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA
Tel : + 917680252102, 252202
Fax : +917680-252203
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