Formerly the Maharajah of Orchha’s country retreat, Bundelkhand Riverside has an apparent aristocratic heritage. It is a wonderful building in Mughal design built around a lawned courtyard.The hotel is a two storey structure built and furnished using stone and wood crafted by hand. There are ruins within the grounds which are exclusively accessible to guests and they, along with the hotel’s other attractions, compensate greatly for the short 2km drive or walk from the main sights of Orchha.
The rooms are housed in the broad corridors that wrap themselves around a large central lawn. These corridors are topped by cupolas decorated with glazed tiles, a trademark of Bundelkhandi architecture.The rooms have been carefully furnished. The heavy wooden doors are elaborately carved and the narrow windows are inset with coloured glass. Bright hand block printed cotton covers the beds and the floors bear traditional handwoven cotton “dhurries” (carpets).
The lawn and the small pool offer good options for relaxation and the open terraces on top of the corridors are a great spot from which to watch the sunset. The restaurant – the Turquoise Diner’ – is charmingly decorated in blue and serves Anglo-Indian cuisine of the Raj era.