Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary
At a distance of 1 km from Chhatris and 2 km from Orchha Fort, Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary lies on the banks of Betwa River in Orchha town of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the most scenic places in Orchha.
Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1994. It covers an area of around 46 sq. km. The river forms one of the main sources of water for the wildlife living within. Unlike other vast wildlife sanctuaries, Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary is comparatively smaller, around 25 km long and 15 km wide.
The sanctuary gains importance due to few factors, which includes rich wildlife, Betwa River and some dense plantations. Some of the animals found here include Deers, Blue bull, Monkey, Wild pig, Jackal, Nilgai, Sloth Bear and many such species. The place is a delight for bird watchers as there are nearly 200 species of birds. The migratory birds that visit the place include kingfisher, woodpecker, owls, jungle bush quail, black swan and geese.
River Betwa flowing through the area makes the sanctuary more appealing. Hardly there is not much wildlife sighting in the sanctuary but it is suitable for peaceful nature walks. Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary also offers many other adventure sport options including fishing, river rafting, boating, trekking, camping, jungle trekking and hiking opportunities.
The best time to visit Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to June. During the winter season, the sanctuary is at its best. Visit during monsoons however is not recommended, as animals usually go for hideouts due to heavy rains. The Betwa River may also get flooded due to heavy rains following to which the sanctuary may also close down temporarily.
Timings: 9 AM to 5.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 40 for Indians & Rs. 350 for Foreigners