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Orchha Home-Stay
Ranked #1 of 20 Orchha B&B and Inns
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

This was definitely a highlight on my trip.
The Prajapati family was great, i felt really welcomed and they did the best food i had in India.
The whole atmosphere is awesome, pace all around and friendly people.
I would go back any time.
Thanks!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

The Orccha Home-Stay is a NGO project to allow villagers to benefit from range of tourist attractions in the area of Orccha.

6 homestays have been set up. Each of them has a room specifically built for tourists as well as a western toilet and a cleaning room (not really a proper shower but there is a shower head - cold water bu they will provide a bucket of hot water if you ask for it). The rooms are very clean with concrete floors, chairs and furniture. In fact in our room which has 4 beds there is more space than there was in our previous guest house. The beds are comfortable (by Indian standards), mosquito nets are provided (although we went in winter so not necessary) and we were warm enough (fortunately the mist which seems to cover most of India at that time of year was not present for our visit)

Each of the homestays is run by a different family and all the admin is handled by Asha and Ashok. They will also arrange for transport from Jhansi station to the homestay and will meet you personally when you arrive. The village is about 2km from Orccha and easy to walk to. I would recommend at least 2 nights to do it justice. There is a fair amount to see - and you walk everywhere (very little in the way of public transport).

We stayed with Cusham and her family where we had breakfast each morning and enjoyed two evening meal. The food is simple and Cusham and her family joined us for the second meal. We were also fortunate to be in town for the festival of Rama and we walked in to town to watch it on the second night that we stayed. Sadly, this experience was marred by the fact that western women are clearly not seen often and the men made my wife and daughter uncomfortable with their incessant staring (also experienced in Delhi).

The town has a number of palaces and temples which are worth visiting. Don't miss the mausoleums and when you go look out for the vultures roosting there.

When you get home in the evening, its worth taking a walk to the big tree and beyond (its in a field close to the homestays) where you get a fantastic view over Orccha and most of the landmarks.

Don't miss this spot if you are visiting India - its well worth the effort!

More info : http://herrmannsinindia.blogspot.com/2012/12/16-december-2012-orccha.html

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Very good place to stay. The concept is very good. Asha is doing a great work. Would love to stay again. Rambabu family we stayed with are great host. talking to asha was amazing experience. We were with a small kid but they made it so comfortable for us.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We went as a family with our teenage children and enjoyed experiencing village life. The people were very gracious and hospitable and our son enjoyed playing with the village boys. We went in winter when it was very cold and with heavy fog. For us it felt like camping in winter as the room was cold and we didn't take showers. The experience would be much better when it is warmer.

Room Tip: Room was cold in winter - probably best to stay in the warmer months.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Asha D, Manager at Orchha Home-Stay, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013

Yes, this is a particularly cold winter. Our rooms are not heated but we have warm quilts to snuggle into at night and the families provide a bucket of steaming hot water for you to bathe whenever you want. We've had a few misty days but generally winters are sunny and pleasant during the day in Orchha. Glad your son enjoyed the company of the kids of the neighbourhood and hopefully the sun will be out during your next visit.

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Reviewed December 18, 2012

We literally cannot speak highly enough of our personal experience staying with Mukesh, Anu, Neetu, Vishal and 'Chotu' (& of course Grandma and Grandpa). Our sleep was blissful, Anu is without a doubt one of the best cooks we've come across in India, so much so there are thoughts of her delivering cooking lessons - just ask her, she will love to tell you more and share recipes! We were also incredibly impressed with the charity as a whole, and felt that the village were very engaged and receptive to the work that they are doing in Gang. We were there for just 3 nights, but could have stayed for a month - we plan to next time...

Room Tip: I'm sure all the families are wonderful but we stayed with Anu & Mukesh and we reckon THEY...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Asha D, Manager at Orchha Home-Stay, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013

Our guests are often one in a million too! Its incredible how many well informed and interesting persons the home-stay attracts. We are very, very sad that Anu whom you liked so much passed away after a tragic accident at the end of December. We are doing our best to support her husband and children through this crisis. She will be fondly remembered by us and all who stayed here.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

I am a city slicker but with also a bit of a spirit for adventure. I had to attend a wedding (at a luxury hotel in orccha) and could manage a train ticket only for a day earlier. I took a chance and found Orchha Home stay on the net. It was perhaps one of the best 24 hours I have spent, I got a room which was neat and clean. Eating home cooked food made by Kusumben with fresh chappatis coming off the Tawa was an absolute delight. This was followed by a guided tour by Tiger the Guide, The Palace Rama Mahal was unbelievable with the intricate harmony of Rajput and Muslim architecture. Night was just as special with Ms Asha taking us for dinner to a newly opened restaurant in town where we were the Chief Guests (it was the first night) and the food was wonderful. The next noon I had to leave for the wedding. But before that I managed a walk to the Nadi (river) through the Chambal valley (imagining its glorious past) to the chattris and back to the village. It was now time to get back to my real life as Munna and his autorickhshaw were waiting to take me back. But I will be back with my family in toe.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Asha D, Manager at Orchha Home-Stay, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013

You went from our modest home-stay to the most luxurious hotel in Orchha. So your praise is doubly appreciated. Kusum's chapatis are my favourite too. We repeated the outing in a restaurant with our guests on the 31st and it was a nice mix of French, Italian, English and Hindi. Your family is welcome anytime, Danny.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

The homestay in Orchha is great, the families are very friendly and welcoming, the amenities are of extremely good standard and very clean. Food and accomodation is excelent and of course the setting could not be better, just 15 minutes walk from the center of Orchha, a little up hill so the view is very good with pitoresque Orchha as a backdrop. Staying with the families hives a real insight into day to day living in rural india and there are many opportunities to help out. Orchha is a very nice place to visit, stroll and relax.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Asha D, Manager at Orchha Home-Stay, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2012

Your host family will be so happy to know that you appreciated their hospitality so much. I must translate this quickly into Hindi for them. We look forward to receiving a small selection of the beautiful photos you took of Orchha - its majestic monuments and the simple lives of our people. We hope you will return someday.

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Address: Lakshmi Mandir Road | Ganj Mohalla, Orchha 472246, India
Location: India > Madhya Pradesh > Tikamgarh District > Orchha
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Orchha
Price Range: $12 - $15 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay with a local family & discover India differently. Orchha is a great place to relax in and discover 16th century monuments. We offer clean and comfortable rooms, furnished in traditional style, built in the courtyard of the host family. The rooms have fans and mosquito nets and the bathroom & toilets are ecological. The family provides home-cooked food and kids have plenty of playmates. The home-stay is a 25 minute walk from the palace. We also have bicycles on rent. This is a social enterprise allowing poor families to benefit from tourism and visitors to see how most families in India live today. Call it responsible tourism or eco tourism - your visit will improve the lives of many and be an experience to remember. ... more   less 

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