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History Revisited: Architecture, Forts & Temples - Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India

Orchha is a beautiful heritage town that lies on the banks of the Betwa River and is located on the Jhansi - Khajuraho road, (approx 16 - 18 kms from Jhansi) in Madhya Pradesh, India. One look at this culturally rich town is all it takes to see glimpses of its significant history, architecture and splendour, evident till today. This is the reason why, Orchha is quite popular with tourists who are simply awe-struck by its beautiful palaces, temples, forests and the Betwa River.

Orchha’s History: It is believed that Orchha was founded by Bundela Rajput Chieftain Rudra Pratap around the 16th century and was known as the capital city of the then ruling Bundela dynasty.

Popular Tourist Spots & Places to See in Orchha, Khajuraho, MP

   

1. The Jehangir Mahal, Orchha: Built in the 17th century, the Jehangir Mahal is an important historical monument that was built by Bir Singh Deo to welcome the Mughal Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. The most striking feature of this Mahal is its beautiful entrance with a facade covered with turquoise tiles, innumerable windows, terraces, onion shaped domes and spacious balconies.

2. Raj Mahal, Orchha: A part of the Orchha fort complex, the Raj Mahal is well known for its beautiful murals that act as a strong reminder of Indian religious beliefs.

3. Rai Parveen Mahal, Orchha: Beautified by green and lush gardens, the Rai Parveen Mahal is an architectural dedication to the well regarded poetess & musician of the 17th century.

4. Sunder Mahal, Orchha: Today, a pilgrimage site, the Sunder Mahal became the residence of the Prince of Jhujhar after he married a Muslim girl and converted to Islam.

5. Ram Raja Temple: A trip to Orchha is incomplete without visiting the Raja Ram Temple where Lord Rama is worshipped as a King. Legend has it that the temple was earlier a palace of the ruler Madhukar Shah. Lord Rama appeared in the ruler’s dream, following which Madhukar Shah brought an idol of Lord Rama into his palace. However, to everyone’s amazement, the idol did not move from its original place when the time came to install the idol within a temple. Shah realised that Lord Rama had indicated that the idol would remain in its original place (where it was first kept). Hence, the palace was made into a beautiful temple and till date, it is revered as a sacred shrine and thousands of devotees come here to pray to Lord Rama.

   

6. Dinman Hardaul's Palace in Orchha: Just like all other palaces and monuments in Orchha, the Dinman Hardaul's Palace, too has a rich history and past that evokes tremendous interest among visitors and tourists. The Palace was built after Hardaul who was a saintly prince.

7. Laxminarayan Temple: This is an architectural masterpiece which is connected with the Ram Raja Temple and stands out for its attractive wall paintings and murals.

8. Chaturbhuj Temple: This temple was originally built on a large stone platform to install the idol of Lord Rama. However, after the idol was kept in the palace, the temple became home to a four armed God, Chaturbhuj.

9. Phool Bagh: As is evident from its name, the Phool Bagh is a beautiful flower garden which served as a comfortable and beautiful resting place for the Bundela rulers. Situated next to the Palki Mahal in the city of Orchha in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, the Phool Bagh includes features such as fountains and pavilions.

10. Chhatris: If you are in Orchha, make sure to take time out and visit the 14 Chhatris which were created in memorial of the rulers who left their mark on Orchha town. You will find these famous Chhatris near the Kanchan Ghat on River Betwa.

Some of the other palaces in Orchha include the Sheesh Mahal which has now been converted into a Hotel. Other places to stay in Orchha include Government run small hotels, guest houses and the Bundelkhand Riverside hotel which is one of the finest hotels here.

How to Get to Orchha

Orchha is well connected by road, rail and air. The nearest airport is situated at Gwalior and Khajuraho. A major Railway junction is located at Jhansi.

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