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Orchha

Introduction

Located in Madhya Pradesh, Orchha is a fascinating destination. This amazing destination has maintained the charm of the golden vintage era. Magnificent palaces and beautiful temples of the destination still carry their original grandeur. The place is a perfect destination to get the glimpses of the royal India.

History

Located near the banks of Betwa river, Orchha has a rich history and that is clearly visible in the monuments of the region. Founded by Rudra Pratap, the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Orchha justifies the name given to it. Orchha means hidden. The hidden treasures of the destination allure tourists from all over the world.

Main Tourist Attractions

Fort Complex

It is an amazing complex, which is divided into three sections Raj Mahal, Jehangir Mahal and Rai Parveen Mahal. This great fort is a must visit place for Orchha visitors. Noted for its grandeur, the fort complex is the evidence of royalty and artwork of the bygone era. Built by Madhukar Shah in 17th century, Raj Mahal is loaded with exquisite murals.

Jehangir Mahal was also built in 17th century but by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo. The idea behind the establishment was to commemorate Orchha visit of Emperor Jehangir. Delicate chhatris and trellis work of the complex make it worth visiting. Rai Parveen Mahal is dedicated to a great poetess and musician, Rai Parveen.

Ram Raja temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is believed that the idols inside the temple were meant to be placed in Chaturbhuj temple but once kept on this land no one was able to move the idols from here. According to the legends, the temple was established around by considering it the  wish of presiding deity.

Chaturbhuj Temple

Chaturbhuj temple is built on a stone platform. The temple is noted for its religious significance and its delicate exterior ornamentation. Tourists can get a bird-eye view of the entire area from the hidden stairs.

Laxminarayan Temple

Linked with Ram Raja Temple, Laxminarayan temple is another interesting place to visit. Built in 1622, the temple is a contribution by Vir Singh Deo. Reconstructed by Prithvi Singh, the temple is unique blend of temple and fort architecture. Mural paintings on the walls are also interesting.

Phool Bagh

Phool Bagh provide the glimpses of Bundelkhand dynasty. This garden of the royal rulers was  also the summer palace of Orchha in the bygone era. The highlight of the attraction is an ingenious system of water ventilation, which connects the palace with a bowl-like structure called Chandan Katora.

Other interesting places in Orchha include Sunder Mahal, Cenotaphs, Shahid Smarak and Siddh Baba Ka Sthan.


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