To keep your weekend getaway from Delhi strictly a weekend affair, travelling to Orchha in MP (Madhya Pradesh) is a foolproof and dependable plan.
For some of us travelling to this lesser known town in Madhya Pradesh would seem like a unfamiliar choice. But my last weekend's getaway to Orchha was one of the most convenient travelling experience from Delhi.
To take a break from travelling to the hills this winter, you can follow our travel plan that will make sure you are back in the city for the Monday morning battle.
How we planned the trip to Orchha in MP
Trisha, Archit, Tanay and I were the final group of four who were certain on leaving Delhi for the weekend. To go up north on the map would mean battling the uncertain weather situations and even snowfall. December certainly is the best time to explore central India and give Madhya Pradesh a chance. Taking the inspiration from one of the Tripoto blogs about Orchha, we agreed upon travelling to this quaint little town just across the UP border in Madhya Pradesh.
The only plan we followed was to book tatkal tickets for four on Thrusday morning. The one IRCTC specialist amongst us made sure that the return tickets were booked for Sunday night.
More about Orchha.
The erstwhile capital of the kingdom of Bundelkhand in Central India, Orchha is a sleepy town caught in a time warp, still sustaining the age old myth that describes it as the city ruled by the hindu god, Ram. Orchha is the only town in India where Lord Ram is worshipped as a king and not just a god and this short myth essentially defines the unusual town of Orchha we travelled to.
Bundelkhand is the land of the Bundela Kings. What’s interesting for Orchha in MP is that every Bundela king had a fascination for architectural engineering. Most of the kings of the dynasty continued building incredible forts, temples and palaces around this town.
Here on the map you can also see the fascinating green patch of Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary surrounded by the Betwa River, another addition to your Orchha itinerary.
How We Reached Orchha?
We took an overnight train from Nizammudin Railway Station, Delhi to Jhansi and watched the sunrise over Uttar Pradesh’s flat topped hillocks.
Jhansi is the well-connected by buses and trains to all the major cities in India and shared taxis, autos and buses from Jhansi Railway Station run regularly to Orchha. It's a delightful 45 minutes ride (Rs. 300, auto rickshaw) from Jhansi to Orchha, views along the road that will surely make you peeping through the windows.