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Sheesh Mahal, Orchha – Now a Heritage Hotel

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Heritage Hotel Sheesh Mahal with its interesting terraces, Orchha © Marc Venema

Sheesh Mahal with its elegant low structure has the Raja Mahal to the west, and on the east side sits Jahangir Mahal. Historians determined that it was constructed by Udait Singh in 1763 and are of the opinion that it was used as a residence for visiting guests. After independence was declared, the state took control and converted it into another kind of residence – a luxury heritage hotel popular with visitors from all over the world.

Sheesh Mahal means ‘mirror palace’ but not, as one would assume, due to the use of glasswork or mirrors. This name refers to the extensive use of glazed blue-green tiles, as well as the glimmering sparkling effects of the light shining through the rooftop jaali work.

Restaurant of Sheesh Mahal Hotel, Orchha

Restaurant of Sheesh Mahal Hotel, Orchha


Today the interiors are stripped of their original antique furnishings and Persian rugs, but its erstwhile glory and opulence are still reflected in the pillars. From the roof, the visitor has an astonishing view.

Tourism Madhya Pradesh turned this former palace into a stunning hotel. The Maharaja Suites and other rooms decorated in the traditional style are luxurious and a feast for the eye.

A parapet of Sheesh Mahal (now a heritage hotel) decorated in shimmering blue tiles, Orchha

A parapet of Sheesh Mahal (now a heritage hotel) decorated in shimmering blue tiles, Orchha © Konstantin Litvinov


Terrace of the Sheesh Mahal Heritage Hotel. On left is Jahangir Mahal with round cupolas. In backgorund you can see the spirals of the Chaturbhuj temple © RealityImages

Terrace of the Sheesh Mahal Heritage Hotel. On left is Jahangir Mahal with round cupolas. In background you can see the spirals of the Chaturbhuj temple © RealityImages


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