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Orchha is the hidden town of Madhya Pradesh that narrates the grandeur of imposing monuments towering over it. There are fascinating moments and views at River Betwa, and then we are intrigued by Orchha’s history and the interesting personages who left tremendous footprints in the form of striking architecture and impressive paintings.

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Orchha and its marvelous structures predominantly possess impregnable paintings with the relic of bygone era waiting to be heard.  The Laxmi Temple in Orchha is one such citadel which was built in a mix of temple and fort architecture. The most fetching thing about this temple is the paintings on its walls and ceilings inside. These paintings are dated back to medieval era of India, hence you can see paintings of Hindu deities- the focus is mainly on scenes from Ramayana and Krishna leela.

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Laxmi Temple’s interior undoubtedly contains the most exquisite of Orchha’s, wall paintings covering the walls and ceiling of three halls, these murals are vibrant compositions.  The Laxmi Temple also shows another group of interesting paintings from history mainly painted during the British era during the first battle of Independence in 1857. There are paintings showing fights between the British and local forces.

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Krishna Leela: Krishna is playing flute and Gopis are mesmerized

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Procession of Sun God

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The King’s procession for a ceremonial function

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Scene from history- Left wall depicts King’s army, King on the elephant in center ceiling, the painting of fort on right hand side.

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The British Army at the battle field

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The local Army of India at the battle field

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A scene when Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya visit goddess Lakshmi

Apart from the vibrant canvas, there are these scratch paintings, which form a different section of art in the temple. The walls are painted in brown and then beautiful drawings are conceived by scratching off this paint with mural paintings.

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Laxmi Temple through its impressive architecture and awe inspiring paintings exhibits a unique treat to eyes, which is not to be missed when in Orchha.

Some Important Facts about Laxmi Temple of Orchha

Laxmi Temple is one such temple where there is no idol but what pulls everyone here is the calm ambiance and the wall paintings inside.

All paintings in Laxmi Temple are done with natural colors.

There are few paintings which can be easily related to Bundi Style adorning the wall of Chitrashala at Ghar Palace in Bundi, Rajasthan.

Laxmi Temple is wrongly termed as Laxmi Narayan Temple on internet. The Temple is only dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, who is the Hindu goddess of wealth.

Vir Singh Deo ji of Orchha ordered the construction of  Laxmi  Temple around 1622, but due to inadequate maintenance over the years the temple soon began to fall apart and had to be reconstructed by Prithvi Singh in 1793.

 

Amar Mahal

Orchha, District Tikamgarh,

Madhya Pradesh – INDIA

Tel : + 917680252102 , 252202

Fax : +917680-252203

email : reservation@amarmahal.com

amarmahal@bsnl.in

 

 

 

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Holi is the most awaited Indian festival celebrated throughout the country with lots of zest and enthusiasm. Revelry is no less in Madhya Pradesh and same level of enthusiasm can be seen among the citizens of this state as in the rest of North. Of particular significance the festivity of Holi is rather special in Bundelkhand! The fervor of colours and merrymaking remains continuously for five days at Ram Raja Temple. The last day is called Panchami Holi. The tradition has its historic roots. It is said that the Maratha Holkars who conquered the state brought with them Marathi tradition of Rangpanchami- where the colours are played on the fifth day.

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The market near Ram Raja Temple in Orchha is already brimming with colors and enthusiasm of Holi which will fall on Sunday, 12th March- Holika Dahan, Monday 13th March Dhulandi and Friday 17th March, 2017 !!

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Holi is celebrated in Amar Mahal, Orchha in a beautiful way by spreading the colors of music in the atmosphere. It is celebrated with singing the special songs of Holi, savoring local delicacies and drinking an invigorating drink.

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We at Amar Mahal are on the forefront in celebrating the festival Holi. This year a safe Holi will be played at the palace, with water, colors, gulaal and a lot more!  What makes Holi so unique and special at Amar Mahal, Orchha other than playing with colours is the spirit of it, which remains the same throughout the town and even among the tourists who come to Orchha from across the globe to particularly see the festivities of Holi.

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So what are you waiting for? Come down to Amar Mahal Orchha to revel in the riot of colors and exciting festivities of Holi on 13th March 2017!

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Amar Mahal

Orchha, District Tikamgarh,

Madhya Pradesh – INDIA

Tel : + 917680252102, 252202

Fax : +917680-252203

email : reservation@amarmahal.com

amarmahal@bsnl.in

 

 

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Marriage-  a beautiful beginning in any one’s life. It is when one takes a step further to fill his/her life with happiness, along with their life partner. This definitely requires a grand celebration! A pompous and grand wedding is the dream of everyone. There are people who believe in grand and marvelous celebrations and for them Royal weddings are best described to make their wedding graceful and memorable. India with its rich cultural heritage and spiritual traditions is the focal point for royal weddings.

Orchha is such beautiful destination that fulfills all the desires of couples & sets a fabulous mood for a perfect wedding. This remote town in natural beauty and splendor has almost everything to play a perfect host to a wedding.

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Amar Mahal in Orchha is reminiscent of the royal past with its old world charm and is fused wonderfully with contemporary facilities. An experience that will hold you spellbound throughout your life. Royal weddings at Amar Mahal offer the couples a chance to take new vows in the ultimate royal setting. With a beady mix of traditions, sanctity and emotions, weddings at Amar Mahal add glitz and glamour to make it an unforgettable moment. The quality of the ambiance and surroundings is really to be experienced.

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Come step into the world of peerless delicacy and crisp hospitality …

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All your requirements of a premium banqueting area, state of the art audio-visuals, excellent outdoor-indoor catering services & perfect ambiance will be amply met here at Amar Mahal. The banquet covers everything from traditional Indian delicacies to the International gourmet cuisine. Our professionalism with the combination of creativity and passion ensures function to be well remarked and delightfully remembered by your guests.

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Besides, the garden area at Amar Mahal offers some perfect ambiances to celebrate your special evenings under beautiful starry sky. Amid the illustrious set up, ambient lighting and calming music, your guests are served best of the Bundelkhandi as well as continental delicacies from across the borders to leave an everlasting impression on your guests.

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Experience the best of royal settings for your special events!

 

For an unforgettable royal wedding with the ultimate regal hospitality amidst the modern luxuries and 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

 

 

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“When scattered clouds are resting on the bosoms of the mighty high structures of Orchha, it seems as if one might climb into the heavenly region or the heavenly bodies will walk down to admire the beauty of this land, earth being so intermixed with the magnificent architecture from history, and this beautiful town of Orchha gradually making you fall in love” 

Amar Mahal Orchha brings to you the alluring postcards from the Orchha land of Madhya Pradesh that’ll make you fall for this place and plan a holiday soon 🙂

1. Laxmi Temple

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With an unconventional architecture, which is a blend of a fort and a temple molds, the Laxmi Temple is a sight to behold. It manifests stunning paintings from post mutiny and the murals depicting mythology, spirituality and royalty.

2. Chaturbhuj Temple

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Built during the reign of Emperor Akbar primarily to enshrine Lord Ram’s idol, this famous temple is now dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple stands on a huge, stone platform, and the great loftiness of its ceiling is an unusual feature to be seen in any Hindu temple.

3. Cenotaphs encompassing River Betwa

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Laid down in a row of 14 along the beautiful banks of the Betwa River, the huge cenotaphs in memory of Bundela Kings and their family members are built in Nargar Style architecture.  Sunset on the banks of Betwa with these mystical Cenotaphs is said to be one of the most amazing sunset views in India!

4. Jahangir Mahal

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When Mughal Emperor Jahangir first visited the city of Orchha, the then ruler Vir Singh Deo built this finest example of classical Mughal architecture to welcome him. Jahangir Mahal is regarded as a symbol of friendship between two former follies.

5. Paintings at Raj Mahal

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Dated back from 400-500 years the paintings at Raj Mahal, Orchha are no less than a marvel. Lined with fragments of mirrors and animated paintings plastered all over the walls and ceiling, Raj Mahal’s interior attracts many visitors from across the globe to Orchha. These Bundela style paintings are so fascinating that one can spend whole day in the palace.

6. Rai Parveen Mahal

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A lush garden, with shrubs and flowerbeds pruned in very many artistic shapes, surrounds this beautiful palace. The art of topiary has been in existence in Orchha for centuries. Rai Parveen Mahal was built in honor of the Bundela king’s paramour who refused to compromise her sanctity with Emperor Akbar.

7. Sawan Bhado

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These sheer twin towers called ‘Sawan Bhado’ in the middle of ‘Phool Bagh’ are the miraculous air coolers from ancient Orchha. Strategically designed to ease out heat, the towers give off amazing cooling effects around the park during summer!

8. Sunset at River Betwa

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Find mesmeric vistas and the much needed peace of mind on the bank of this Betwa River in Orchha. Against the noise of cattle and birds that are bidding adieu to the day, the gentle murmur of the water can only just be heard to further soak in the beauty of  setting Sun. The mild sun rays on the bordering cenotaphs make them look more historical and breathtaking.

9. Cenotaphs surrounded by Lush Gardens

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The lush gardens encompassing magnificent cenotaphs of Vir Singh Deo are a treat to eyes. The beautiful maintained gardens with row of plants and variety of flowers offer a delightful ambiance to nature lovers.

10. Sheesh Mahal

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The grandeur of past is magnificently coupled with an enchanting color scheme at Sheesh Mahal in Orchha. The interesting extension of Raj Mahal boasts of some age old medieval paintings that attract many!

11. Ram Raja Temple

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Ram Raja Temple holds an intriguing history behind! The Hindu deity Ram is addressed as ‘Raja- the King’ in Orchha.   The Idols which were supposed to be installed in the magnificent Chaturbhuj Temple were kept on the ground where this temple now stands. The Temple has a beautiful architecture, which is bordering a marble courtyard and colorful walls. The evening Aarti and a special ‘Prasaad’ at this temple are worth not to be missed when in Orchha.

To plan a holiday in Orchha and Reservation queries, Please Contact

Amar Mahal Orchha,

District Tikamgarh,

Madhya Pradesh- INDIA

Tel:+917680252102,252202

email: reservation@amarmahal.com

 amarmahal@bsnl.in

 

You forgot. You really didn’t know it mattered so much to them. Now you must be wondering  why is it your damn responsibility in the first place. What so ever the reason, you screwed up and did nothing for Valentine’s Day this year, and now you are facing the consequences everyday 😀

Valentine’s Day is one of the most competitive days of the year for dining out, even more so these days in India more than New Year’s Eve. No need to sweat it — we’ve got your back. As of right now Amar Mahal is giving you an opportunity to have a romantic day out in the hidden town of Orchha . Enjoy a beautiful day complete with wonderful experiences to spice up your romance! This weekend, delight your beloved one with an unimagined, romantic and indulgent experience at Amar Mahal, Orchha!

Enjoy !!

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Intriguing legends around royal families are always infused with romance and grandeur and here in Orchha is our own Salim Anarkali story, although this is no tragedy. The romance between a courtesan of Orchha – Rai Praveen and the king of Bundelkhand Indrajit became lore in the poems of poet Keshav Das. An often heard tale narrates how the more powerful ruler Akbar wanted her in his harem against the wishes of the king. But the courtesan with all her wit spoke her way out of Akbar’s heart that he sent her back to Orchha safe. It is believed that she apparently thwarted the Mughal emperor by saying, “It’s only a royal servant or a dog or a crow, who would like to eat something that has already been polluted by another.” Touched by her loyalty towards her paramour, Akbar decided to restore Rai Parveen to Orchha with both her dignity and that of her kingdom intact. The palace was built by emperor Akbar, is now a fitting memorial to this lady.

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Rai Praveen Mahal is an exemplary citadel of wonderful architecture encompassed by nature’s beauty.  A lush garden, with shrubs and flowerbeds pruned in very many artistic shapes, surrounds the palace. Since the palace was built in honor of the ‘Nightingale of Orchha’, Rai Praveen, its second floor is resplendent with scenes of Nritya Mudra, the poses and postures of Indian dance.

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The fort also has a cannon foundry which kept a vigil round the clock, guarding against any exterior threat from the enemies of Orchha.

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The Rai Praveen Mahal is beautifully maintained for tourism purpose in Orchha. Palace’s exterior and interior both is truly commendable. Moreover, the tourists can enjoy the scenic beauty of the area surrounding the Palace from the roof as well as upper floors. Rai Praveen Mahal is a key monument of 16th Century, which also offers a visual treat of fascinating architecture and paintings to the visitors.  One of the edges of Rai Praveen Mahal also offers to gaze at the stunning view of River Betwa.

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If you are more fascinated by the historical monuments and the local versions around it, plan your next trip to Orchha with Amar Mahal!

Amar Mahal

Orchha, District Tikamgarh,

Madhya Pradesh – INDIA

Tel : +917680252102, 252202

Fax : +917680-252203

email : reservation@amarmahal.com

amarmahal@bsnl.in

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Being sincere and up to the guest’s expectation makes a huge difference in hospitality to build trust and relationship! Recently we extended our hospitality for Mr. Singh and his family who wanted to host his daughter’s wedding at Amar Mahal, Orchha.  We are completely touched by his gesture for taking out time from their busy schedule and write to us. We are happy to share with you the kind words of appreciation by Mr. Singh….

Dear Saini ji, Mr Tulsiji and Tomar ji,

Wish you a very happy belated New Year 2017. Due to some other commitment I could not wished you earlier.

Now let me thank you from my heart for all the arrangement made at Amar Mahal during daughter’s marriage. During our stay it was most conform table period we had at Amar mahal. Not received a single complaint about the food quality, service, and arrangements about the hotel. Staff was also very courteous. Specially all of you have taken personal interest on daughter’s marriage and ensured that function should go on smoothly. Quality and taste of Food served during the function was also appreciated by all the guests.

All the guests were happy and appreciated the management of Amar Mahal. Now everyone wants to come back to Amar Mahal for the vacations as they liked the place very much. My brother-in-law has already decided to have son’s marriage son from this resort.

Since we were busy on marriage arrangement during our stay , once again we want to come for a holiday for 2 to 3 days and want to enjoy the hospitality and want to spent peaceful time at Amar mahal. Hope you will consider our request and offer us discounted rate for food and stay.

Once again thanks for all the support and assistance given to us.

Best Regards
B K Singh
CEO, Delhi Aviation Fuel Facility (P) Limited

(A JV of IOCL, BPCL and DIAL)

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Dear Mr. Singh

Thank you for choosing to celebrate the biggest event of your life with us and for taking the time to post a review of your experience at Amar Mahal, Orchha.

We are so very happy that you loved our hospitality during your daughter’s wedding and the stay with us. All of us at Amar Mahal, Orchha are dedicated to providing an exceptional guest experience and a clean comfortable facility for our guests.

Thanks too, for complimenting Saini ji, Tulsiji and Tomar ji.  We will be sure to pass your comments on to them.

We look forward to serving as your hosts again very soon.

 

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