Two days visiting hilltop fortresses, royal palaces, Hindu temples of Orchha and in Madhya Pradesh State at the northern part of Central India. Orchha was a laid-back yet important Hindu pilgrimage town, while Gwalior had one of the most artistic fortress I visited in India.

Itinerary Rundown

  • Khajuraho: Kamasutra Sex Temples
Day 1
  • Khajuraho
  • Orccha
  • Khajuraho to Orchha via Jhansi by Train-Autorickshaw
  • Orccha Hostel Check-in
  • Orccha Walking Tour
    • Orccha Fortress Gate
    • Chaturbhuj Temple
    • Ram Raja Temple
    • Lakshmi Temple
Day 2
  • Orccha
  • Gwalior
  • Continue Orccha Walking Tour
    Orccha Fortress Complex
  • Ram Raja Temple
  • Orchha to Gwalior via Jhansi by Tempo-Bus
  • Gwalior Hostel Check-in
Day 3
  • Gwalior
  • Gwalior Fortress Complex
  • Gwalior to Chittorgarh by Train
  • Chittorgarh: Hilltop Fort and Royal Palace Ruins
  • Northern India
  • South and Southeast Asia

Trip Date — September 2013

Day 1

Khajuraho to Jhansi to Orccha

  • 9:10am to 2pm – Ride train from Khajuraho to Jhansi
    • Sleeper class – R170
    • The ticket I bought should have taken me all the way to Gwalior but I made a spontaneous decision to drop off at Orccha since I it was a better fit in my itinerary.
  • 2pm (approx) – Arrival at Jhansi Junction Railway Station
  • Ride tempo to Orchha (30 minutes)
  • Drop off at Fort View Guest House

Orccha Hostel

  • Check-in at Fort View Guest House (Main Road Orchha; 91-9425342319 / +91-7869370614)
    • Double fan room with own TB

Orchha Walking Tour

  • Orccha Fort from outside
  • Chaturbhuj Temple
  • Ram Raja temple
  • Lakshmi Temple

Day 2

Orchha Walking Tour

  • 9am – Orchha Fort Complex
  • Eat at sidestreet stall
    • Aloo – R20
    • Samosa (3 pcs.) – R30
  • Ram Raja temple

Orchha to Gwalior

  • 11am – Check-out
  • Ride temp to Jhansi (30 minutes) – R10
  • 2:20pm to 5:00pm – Ride bus to Gwalior (2 hours and 40 minutes) – R90
  • Ride autorickshaw to Asheerwat Guest House – R10
    • Hostel was recommended by the driver. Many of the guest houses were full at the time.

Gwalior Hostel

  • Check-in at Asheerwat Guest House (Ghandi Nagar Rd, Padav)
    • Double room with own TB – R400
    • Very dirty
  • Eat at Zayka Restaurant
    • Malai Kofta (R120), Plain Roti (R10 per pc.), Cold coffee with ice cream (R60)

Day 3

Gwalior Fort

  • 8am – Ride tempo to intersection of Gwalior Road – R5
  • Ride tempo to first gate of Gwalior Fort – R5
  • Eat at sidestall
    • Chicken Briyani – R25
  • Walk uphill to Man Mandir Palace
  • Tour of Man Mandir Palace
    • Admission fee – R100

Gwalior to Chittorgarh

  • Ride chartered moto to Asheerwat Guest House – R60
    • Seemed overpriced.
  • 12nn – Check-out
  • Ride autorickshaw to Gwalior Junction Railway Station – R10
  • Leave bag at cloak room
  • Eat at Indian Coffee House – R232
    • Mutton Masala, Paratha, Tandoori Roti, Coffee
  • 3:50pm to 3:55am – Ride train from Gwalior to Chittorgarh