Across the river from the verandah (sit out) can be seen what used to be the largest forest in the former Princely State of Orchha. The forest surrounds the confluence of the River Jamni and Betwa rivers and includes several riverine islands. In the past, the Betwa River supported seasonal sport fishing for the great Indian Mahaseer, and still hosts a number of fish and turtle species.
The Orchha Sanctuary is roughly 25 kms long and 15 kms wide. The original forest was covered with Dhawa and Kardhai trees (both Anogeissus spp.). In the 1940's, Maharaja Sir Vir Singh Deo Bahadur (1930-1956) undertook a large plantation of Teak trees (species Tectona grandis ) which can still be seen. This forest was an unspoilt natural habitat for a large variety of wildlife and still has Wild boar, Langur, Blue Bull (Nilgai), Sloth Bear and over 200 species of birds. It was a natural hub for the tiger and the last tigers were seen in the forest in the years before 1970. Trails are being developed in the Sanctuary for walking/driving in the interior and by the banks of the Jamni and Betwa rivers. A morning's walk can yield 200 bird species in this forest/river ecosystem.
The Bundelkhand Riverside hotel has its own boats and canoes to experience the majestic Betwa River and the architectural splendour of Orchha. River Rafting on the waters of the Betwa can be organized.
Besides Holi and Deepavali the following fairs and festivals are celebrated at Orchha with much pomp and show. Guests are cordially invited to be part of these celebrations:
To visit all the monuments tickets can be bought at the Fort, Orchha. Entry Fee:
Sound and Light or Son et lumiere Show at Raja Mahal, Fort, Orchha*
Kothi Ghat, Orchha
Madhya Pradesh - 472246
Room Service Timing : 07:30 - 22:00
Breakfast : 07:30 - 10:00
Lunch : 12:30 - 14:30
Dinner : 19:00 - 22:00