The market of Orchha effuses enthusiasm. It is colourful, vibrant and fragrant. When you enter from the
The market of Orchha effuses enthusiasm. It is colourful, vibrant and fragrant. When you enter from theChaturbhuj Temple parking side you are welcomed by Orchha market’s best-kept secret – the alluring display of metal artefacts and woodcraft. The presentation of the figurines of deities, toys, locks and many articles made from bell metal is hard to resist. One can buy wooden toys and intricate wooden blocks as well.
After satisfying the shopaholic soul, it is time to move ahead to the shops selling delectable pedas and kalakand (Indian sweetmeats), which are offered as prasad (offering to the deity) at the adjacent Shri Ram Raja Mandir. Next, head to the shops near the temple gate to taste some street flavours. A 25-year-old shop, run by Mamata Kushwaha, is the go-to place for crispy aaloo tikkis and samosas served in a folded leaf bowl, or donas. Just next to this shop, you might find a jovial gentleman Shiva Bhushan, petting and serving milk to his pet dog. Mr Bhushan is an animal lover, as evident from the bold note on his wall, reading “Help Dogs”. You can also buy some intriguing antiques from him.
The Orchha market has a little something for everybody from shopping to food to scenery and, above all, the human connection with the ones who have been living and running the market for ages.
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