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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

 

 

 

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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Bollywood, the Hindi Film Industry of India, has always been a source of some quirky and exceptional inspirations to many of us. From chasing those slow moving trains for the love of your life to wearing skimpy clothes in snow lands, Bollywood has definitely left its impact. But, one of the better inspirations from Bollywood is the latest passion among Indians to travel and explore new or hidden destinations in India or abroad.

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Orchha, the slumber town of Bundelkhand in Madhya Pradesh, India was hidden for many years, but the incredible huge cenotaphs, palace like temples and magnificent palaces couldn’t remain hidden any more. The “rich in architecture” town of Orchha caught attention of Bollywood and in fact Hollywood film makers and now it is turning into one of the HOT destinations for shooting ad films, TV serials and movies!

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The shimmering river Betwa, lush grasslands and mesmeric architecture of mammoth cenotaphs make a stunning backdrop for the shooting of movies and ad films. Apart from that the serene peaceful ambiance adds to the comfort of shooting uninterrupted in Orchha.

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In last couple of years we hosted celebrities like Bipasha Basu for her Hollywood movie “Serendipity”, Katrina Kaif for her popular Slice Mango Drink Ad film, and the major star cast of “Surya Putra Karn”

Currently we have Bollywood actors Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan staying at Amar Mahal only. The charming duo is here in Orchha for the shooting of their upcoming RomCom- “Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya”!

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Varun Dhawan at Amar Mahal Orchha

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Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Nitendra Sing Rathore (Owner- Amar Mahal )

 

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Alia Bhatt at Amar Mahal Orchha

Travel to this lesser known secret town for a unique experience and live your Bollywood moment !! 

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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Orchha, the calm and sleepy town of Bundelkhand in Madhya Pradesh, India was hidden for many years, but the incredible huge cenotaphs, palace like temples and magnificent palaces couldn’t remain hidden any more. It is exciting to see that the hidden town of Orchha is gaining popularity among film makers lately!

These days Amar Mahal is brimming with celebrity foot fall and we are totally enjoying this attention. We are happy to share that the current Bollywood sensation Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan are in the town. More importantly they have chosen Amar Mahal as the base for the shooting for their upcoming Romcom. Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan are staying and shooting in Orchha at Amar Mahal for their movie “Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya”

We are delighted to host the wonderful guests from B’Town in Amar Mahal, Orchha 🙂

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Alia Bhatt’s official Instagram account has an image of hers chilling out in the swimming pool of Amar Mahal, Orchha!

 

 

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In past also many Bollywood celebrities chose Amar Mahal as their holiday home.

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If you too wish to live your celebrity moment, book a holiday with Amar Mahal, Orchha where these celebrities lived.

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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