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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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Hope you’ve already jumped into the spirit of celebrating the New Year !

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Ring in the New Year celebrations with a plethora of unforgettable moments and memories. To all the guests who’ve booked their New Year’s Eve at Amar Mahal, Orchha, we welcome you to indulge in the New Year celebrations with us!

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This New Year’s Eve, delight your taste buds with the creative dishes prepared by our gastronomical chef Tulsi Ram ji, who specializes in Bundelkhandi flavors!

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Soak in the beauty and charm of the specially conceived ambiance for the New Year’s Eve at Amar Mahal gardens. Bid Adieu to the year 2016 from within these delightful surroundings in Amar Mahal Orchha!

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May you have a great 2017, and may your journey be wonderful! Have a fantastic time during this awesome part of the year. Let us just step into the New Year ready for another big, indulgent, worth discovering and adventurous holiday in Orchha!

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For more details and reservations please contact:

Amar Mahal, Orchha, District Tikamgarh,Orchha,India

Phone: 7680-252102 252202 website http://www.amarmahal.com email : reservation@amarmahal.com, amarmahal@bsnl.in

Facebook https:/www.facebook.com/amarmahalorchha

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The iconic temple of Raja Ram is one place in Orchha that no one misses to visit!  The Palace turned temple with its mesmerizing evening Aarti stands out among all the other Hindu pilgrimages. Here Lord Rama is revered not as a God but as a king, contrary to what the name reflects it’s a Palace not a Temple.

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The Temple may appear in front of you as one of the innumerable sanctified sites, but it is unique and intriguing for its jaw dropping legends and history.  You’d come across many legends around the temple. However,  Orchha is reportedly the only place in the country where Lord Ram is worshiped in his royal aspect and not as an avtar of Vishnu. It is said that Lord Ram resides in Ayodhya by day and sleeps in Orchha at night. Hence the Ram Raja Temple remains closed throughout the day: the heavy silver doors of the sanctum are flung open only at 7 p.m. when the evening aarti is performed. It’s a moving ceremony laced with a certain amount of pomp and fanfare. The gun salute reverberates through the night as the lights fade away. Do not miss the Ram raja Temple aarti when you visit Orchha. It is one of the best ceremonial sights to behold. The Aarti is as pompous and grand as the temple itself.

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The wife of Orchha’s King Madhukar Shah Ju Dev, Queen Ganesh Kunwari used to worship Lord Ram. One day she left for Ayodhya on foot and sweared to return only with the child form of Ram or else will drown herself in Saryu river at Ayodhya. Such was the belief of the queen that as soon as she started her journey she ordered her servant to build a temple (Chaturbhuj Temple) for Lord Ram when she will return with Lord Ram. At Saryu river queen started praying to Lord Ram and undertook strict meditation to please him. Lord Ram was moved with her prayers and pledged to fulfill her wishes, the queen requested Lord Ram to come with her in the child form to Orchha. Lord Ram agreed to go with her in child form but put forward some conditions:

  1. I will travel from Ayodhya to Orchha on foot along with a group of sages.
  2. Since the child form of Ram would travel in the queen’s lap, the first place where I will be seated will become my final place of stay and the place will be famous by the name of Ramraj.

The devotee, brave queen happily agreed to all the conditions. With Lord Ram in her lap, the Queen started her journey to Orchha. It took her 8 months and 27 days to reach Orchha from Ayodhya on foot (1574 – 1575) as the journey happened only in Pukh Nakshtra.

After reaching Orchha, queen returned to her palace with baby Lord Ram in her room with intentions to take Lord Ram to the Chaturbhuj Temple the next day. The queen forgot the last condition and Lord Ram transformed into an idol and got fixed in the queen’s palace. Till this day the Ram Raja Temple is in the queen’s palace. The idol could not be shifted to Chaturbhuj Temple.

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The temple is a marvelous fusion of modern architecture in an ancient palace with shrines scattered around. They simply do not blend although religion and heritage meet right in the heart of this town. Built on a square base, the temple has an almost entirely plain exterior, relieved by projecting windows and a line of delicate domes along the summit. But the interior of the temple, actually a palace, is just spellbinding. It is a scene that can be best described as a stereotype. The India that every foreign traveler dreams about — the mystical, spiritual India where the bizarre and the regular meet at street corners, where cows are worshiped , where saffron clad men with tambura in hand try hard to look saintly but end up being talented street musicians, where kitsch and color sell at bazaars.

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The temple’s courtyard is an open bazaar selling anything from sweets to knick knacks. The cows stand stubbornly in your path, accustomed to being worshiped and fed. The tiled flooring inside becomes shelter for devotees who prepare to sleep.

It is said that Lord Ram resides in Ayodhya by day and sleeps in Orchha at night. Hence the Ram Raja Temple remains closed throughout the day: the heavy silver doors of the sanctum are flung open only at 7 p.m. when the evening aarti is performed. It’s a moving ceremony laced with a certain amount of pomp and fanfare. The gun salute reverberates through the night as the lights fade away. Do not miss the Ram raja Temple aarti when you visit Orchha. It is one of the best ceremonial sights to behold. The Aarti is as pompous and grand as the temple itself.

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Raja Ram’s wedding is enacted every year in the mid of November or December. Orchha itself resembles a bedecked bride as the Baraat – with the brilliantly decorated chariots, caparisoned elephants, and horses – wends its way down the narrow streets. Later, the town celebrates the royal nuptials over a banquet (bhandara) hosted by the temple trust.

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Plan your next holidays for this hidden town of Bundelkhand to experience the magnificence of Raja Ram Temple and the divine Aarti!!

Experience the allure of this amazing holiday destination with Amar Mahal, Orchha.

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For more details and reservations please contact:

Amar Mahal, Orchha, District Tikamgarh,Orchha,India

Phone: 7680-252102 252202 website http://www.amarmahal.com email : reservation@amarmahal.com, amarmahal@bsnl.in

Facebook https:/www.facebook.com/amarmahalorchha

twitter: http://www.twitter.com/amarmahalorchha

बुंदेली रस्म से होगा श्रीराम जानकी विवाह

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आज होगी ,बुन्देली व्यंजनों से मण्डप की पंगत

ओरछा -जन जन के आराध्य प्रभु श्रीराम जानकी विवाह महोत्सव की शुरुवात शुक्रवार से प्रारंभ हो चुकी है। सबसे पहले गणेश पूजन और तेल की रस्मअदायगी की गई। कार्यक्रम की तैयारियों को लेकर ओरछा नगरी को विशेष लाइटों की सज्जा कर दुल्हन की तरह सजाया गया है। हर बार की तरह इस बार भी बुंदेली रस्म के साथ श्रीराम जानकी विवाह महोत्सव मनाया जाएगा। श्रद्धालुओं की सुरक्षा को लेकर पुलिस सहित जिला प्रशासन की ओर विशेष इंतजाम किए गए हैं। श्रीरामराजा सरकार ओरछा मंदिर में विधि विधान के साथ 2दिसम्बर शुक्रवार को गणेश पूजन और तेल किया गया। वहीं आज 3 दिसम्बर को मंडप और भजन कीर्तन सहित पंगत का आयोजन होगा। इसी कड़ी में 4 दिसम्बर को श्रीराम जानकी जी का टीका परिक्रमा होगा। तहसीलदार गुलाब सिंह बघेल ने बताया कि तीन दिवसीय श्रीराम विवाह महोत्सव मनाया जाएगा। जिसको लेकर आेरछा नगरी को दुल्हन की तरह सजाया जा रहा है। मंदिर परिसर में विशेष लाइट की गई है।

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श्रीराम जानकी विवाह महोत्सव के लिए श्रद्वालुओं का आना शुक्रवार से ही शुरु हो गया है। तीन दिवसीय कार्यक्रम के तहत बुन्देलखण्ड क्षेत्र सहित देश के कई भागों से भारी संख्या में श्रद्धालु विवाह महोत्सव में शामिल होगें।

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पुलिसबल हुआ तैनात:श्रीरामजानकी विवाह महोत्सव के लिए पुलिस बल सहित प्रशासन की ओर से विशेष बल तैनात किया गया है। विभाग की ओर नदी के घाट पर होमगार्ड सैनिकों सहित तैराक बोट रहेगी। इसके साथ ही नदी में घाटों पर पुलिस बल तैनात रहेगा। वहीं ओरछा मंदिर में श्रद्धालुओं के दर्शन के लिए परिसर में महिलाओं और पुरूषों के लिए अलग-अलग व्यवस्था की गई। जिससे दर्शन करने आने वाले लोगों को परेशानी न हो।

“Pause and take a Deep Breath

Walk where the life is slow but offers plenty of peace”

While visiting Orchha, there is something for all; be it an adventure enthusiast, a foodie, a pilgrim or a leisure traveler, Orchha is a fabulous destination to enjoy vacations. But despite so many options at hand, the search is on where could one get that feel of true essence of India?

Real India can be witnessed only by visiting the various villages that even today give the glimpse of age-old culture and traditions in utter tranquility.

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If you are still wondering where to go to experience Village life and want to witness it from the close corners then there is no need to worry anymore as when you stay at Amar Mahal Orchha, we take our guests to a half day tour to none other than but our own village where our roots still exist.

Situated around 26 Km from Orchha, the village JER is the right place to experience the life of India’s villagers. As you pass through the green verdant land to reach the place under the vast open blue skies; you realize that you are heading towards your dream destination that will take you back to the good and old memories of the rural India read in books or seen in Bollywood movies. With clean and clear rows of houses and streets; this village will give you a lifetime opportunity to feel the aura of Indian rural life that are even today preserved by its locals with a promise of future as well.

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Just before you enter into the village there is Garhi- a beautifully renovated farmhouse where our guests can sit and relax amidst the green oasis against the backdrop of a hill. Roam around, enjoy the beautiful garden, witness the charming and uniquely painted temple, give your ears to the melodious chirping of birds and finally allow yourself to leave behind the chaos of city life. And then get refreshed before you head to experience the real rural like at its most pure.

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Enroute to JER from Orchha, you’d be mesmerized by the beauty of lush teek forest and the shimmering river “Betwa” along with another river named “Jammu”

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On this exciting trip to rural Orchha, together we will explore the countryside and see the huge Agricultural farms and see how the villagers work there.

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Chhattris-  Chattris (Cenotaphs) inside the village which was created in the memory of our ancestors.

Meet Villagers- Talking to those who are living in the village and treasure the traditions in it itself is an altogether different experience. You will fall in love while enjoying the village life in the company of beautiful children who are excited enough to welcome each and every guest.

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The Traditional Welcome- With loud sounds of Dhol, guests are welcomed in traditional style with garland and tikka on forehead.

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Promising Future ahead- Contrary to the general view that the girls in village are not literate you will be glad to see young girls walking with books in hands.

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Our Old house – This is where our grand father and father started their life journeys. Take a look inside the house and see where entire family used to sit and celebrate life every day.

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Cattle Farm- Cattle is found in great abundance. Peep into the beautiful world of cattle land. This is from where you get all organic milk products at Amar Mahal.

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Temple- Idols of Hindu God- Shiv Parvati at our farm.

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Organic Farm Trail- From vegetables to fruits to grains everything is produced here.

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Meet our Horse Play Boy

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Snake Charmers- One of India’s iconic folk arts ; the practice of pretending to hypnotize a snake by playing an instrument which is almost disappearing can be witnessed here.

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Enjoy Snacks- After walking kms on foot you definitely starts getting hunger pangs and here we entertain you with home made snacks of crispy vegetable pakoda’s cooked in mustard oil giving authentic  flavour.

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Freshen up with the cool water straight away pulled from the well 🙂

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The best part is we don’t hire professional tour operators who will take you to the rural villages but the man himself from the family who knows the cultural values and who is committed to serve the village by leaving all the comforts of modern life.

He will help you in interacting with villagers, visiting their abodes and explore their culture values. So, allow us to plan your next village tour as per your needs and preferences.

If you wish to live these raw and beautiful moments of rural India then visit-  http://amarmahal.com/

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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A hidden wonder and undeniably a quintessence of India’s rich heritage – Orchha is a petite town squeezed between Uttar Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh. Founded in 1531 as the capital of the kingdom of Bundhelkhand by Raja Rudra Pratap Singh, Orchha is a mere 40 min (16 km) drive from the Jhansi railway station. If you are staying in the only posh hotel of the town – Amar Mahal, Orchha, be prepared to feel cocooned in the charisma of the larger than life cenotaphs mounting over the tranquil small town, giving perfect company to the cloudy sky and shining sun.

Early in the morning, the breeze greets you with soft chirping of birds and a light orange sky embracing the carefree bathers, revellers & cattle ambling around freely by the Ghats of Betwa river, situated barely half a kilometre away from Amar Mahal.

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Grouped along the Kanchana ghat of Betwa, stand the fifteen mesmerizing ‘Chattris’ aka cenotaphs or memorials to the Bundela kings and members of their clan of Orchha. Dating back to the 17th & 18th century, these cenotaphs speak of the valiant stories of those dead kings to which they are dedicated and whose memories stay etched in these colossal structures. But, here is a twist which makes them different from other architectural beauties. While admiring them, you will notice a few things like the varying size of all the cenotaphs. Ever wondered why the cenotaphs have been built in different sizes i.e. some small and some a little or lot larger? The reason behind this is that each cenotaph’s size symbolizes the time period for which the respective remembered king ruled.

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These include the cenotaphs of Madhukar Shah, Bir Singh Deo, Jaswant Singh, Udait Singh, Pahar Singh & others. Rather than employing the domed chhatri format of many Rajput funerary structures the Bundela cenotaphs incorporate aspects of temple architecture, including tall shikharas.

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Amidst this group of cubical structures with temple like spires, there is one cenotaph which is clearly the black sheep. It is Bir Singh’s cenotaph which alone stands as an epitome of Mughal architecture, but why ?  There is a little interesting tale behind it 😉

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Once upon a time Prince Salim was fleeing Agra after having rebelled against his father, the all powerful Mughal emperor, Akbar. Akbar sent his right hand man, Abul Fazl to capture the Prince. They passed through the kingdom of Bundelas. The Bundela chieftain, Bir Singh Deo came to Salim’s aid and assassinated Abul Fazl in a plot contrived by Salim. Prince Salim eventually reconciled with his father and returned to Agra. Bir Singh Deo’s favour was not forgotten and he was showered with Mughal patronage after his death.

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In case you are thinking that this is it, let us tell you that when in Orchha, a name which itself means ‘hidden’, there is more that what meets the eye. When you walk on the road between two cenotaphs on your right, there is a door on your left, which leads to a place that you could only have seen in fairy tales before. Hence, it comes at a small cost i.e. a ticket to go inside. Long verdant gardens with tall beautiful flowers surround you with the cenotaphs soaring high and looking like a group of castles with the giant vultures adding a spooky twist to them.

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Visit Orchha and get enchanted by the cenotaphs to relive and delve in those mysterious historic tales that you read and imagined as a child in school.

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The beauty of traveling through the world is to enjoy things that bring you joy. For some, it is adventure or an excursion or may be shopping or some just want to hit the town and get lost, especially, when the place is like Orchha! I is one destination where you want to forgo your maps. But there are many who savor local flavors while travelling and focus on exploring traditional and authentic cuisines of the place, Isn’t it? While travelling to this region of Budelkhand it is obvious for us to learn about people’s taste and what they eat.

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Typically to taste local cuisine of any region, street stalls and markets are the best way to go but the food safety is a major concern for many. But relax, when you are at Amar Mahal, Orchha there is a way for safe, delicious and authentic Bundelkhandi feast served right on your table without hunting anywhere else.

We are glad to introduce to you our Master Chef Tulsi Das who has designed a tantalizing Bundelkhandi menu for the food aficionados in Orchha.

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Allow us to share some unexplored flavors of Bundelkhand directly from the kitchen of Amar Mahal 🙂  Though there are plenty of delicacies in this region but these few stand apart.

Bada– Bada is made up of soaked and grind lentils with added salt, red chilli and cumin seeds to it. The batter is tapped on hand before it is deep-fried. The crispy thin bada’s are then soaked in water for some time. Unlike north Indian Dahi Bada instead of curd here buttermilk is used to put Bada’s giving it a liquefied look.

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Baigan Ka Bhartha– Though a common preparation in every household Bundelkhandi Baigan Ka Bhartha is special with its smoky flavor. This simple and tasty preparation of mashed aubergines cooked in less oil tempered with cumin seeds, bit of onion, garlic, green chilies, and tomato tastes really amazing.

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Mattha Ki Arvi– Yogurt and buttermilk is the major ingredient of Bundelkhandi food. In a hot country like India where stomach bugs were easy to pick up, yogurt acted as an ancient antibiotic.

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Dahi ki arvi tempered with cumin seeds, whole red chili is an awesome, delicious and healthy recipe.

KadulaPoori is one such dish that has travelled the length and breadth of India and we all enjoy this without any guilt. There are many different kinds of Pooris and Kadula is its Bundelkhandi version, which is prepared on special occasions. The dough made up of flour, urad dal powder and salt is used to make the dough. The dough is then made to small balls and rolled out in small flat circles with a rolling pin, and then fried in hot vegetable oil. These deep-fried kadulas taste out of the world.

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Pulao– Basically a rice preparation Bundelkhandi ’Pulao’ is made up with added vegetables (Potato, Carrot, onion, beans) but no spices except salt and Tej patta for aroma. The uniqueness of the entire affair is in the freshness and authenticity of the ingredients used.

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With just the look of it one would want to have it immediately 🙂

Non-vegetarians don’t lose your heart, Bundelkhandi food is never complete without Bundelkhandi Gosht/Chicken.

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Bundelkhandi Gosht- This is a local Bundelkhandi delicacy of tender lamb pieces cooked in a thick red onion gravy and coarsely ground species.

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Bundelkhandi Chicken – A light chicken curry cooked with tomatoes and fresh coriander.

If your mouth is watering already, this is just right time to go grab your mouthful of heaven at Amar Mahal, Orchha 🙂

http://amarmahal.com/

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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