Orchha – India's Hidden Ancient Town

The architectural grandeur of the numerous palaces, monuments and temples serve as a testimony to the rich cultural heritage of the Bundela rulers. The main attraction of Orchha is the Orchha Fort complex, located on an island in River Betwa. Any trip to Orchha, Madhya Pradesh would not be complete without a visit to Phool bagh (A garden with fountains), and to Sunder Mahal (a small palace, now almost in ruins).

Orchha, the erstwhile capital of Bundelkhand, was formed in the 16th century through the Bundela Rajput chieftain Rudra Pratap. Orchha approach hidden. The significance of the word comes from the fact that the Bundelkhand Raj retreated here after being governed by the Tughlaq within the 15th century. The architectural grandeur of many palaces, monuments and temples is an oath of rich cultural history of the Bundela rulers.

The main attraction of Orchha is the Orchha Fort Complex, located on an island in the Betwa River. There are many monuments in this complex, the most notable of which are Jahangir Mahal and Raj Mahal. The former was built by King Bir Singh Ju Dev in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir to Orchha. The strong lines of the palace’s various reserves are offset by exquisite canopies and delicate trellis work, the entire structure conveys an impression of extraordinary opulence.

The Raj Mahal Palace, built in the 17th century by Madhukar Shah, the predecessor of Bir Singh Joo Dev, has an almost entirely unknown exterior, relieved by a series of windows and projected umbrellas.These plain exterior avenues give way to an interior with beautiful murals, brightly colored walls and ceilings on a variety of religious themes bring to life. The banks of the Betwa River are located with 14 cenotaphs (temples built as memorials) of various Bundela kings.

Ram Raja Mandir is a large square temple with a simple exterior color of pink and yellow. It is the only temple where Rama is revered as a king. Other historical temples in Orchha include the Chaturbhuj Temple and the Laxminarayan Temple. The interior of the Chaturbhuj temple is perfectly flat, while the Laxminarayan temple is decorated with bright murals.

Any visit to Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, would not be complete without a visit to Phool Bagh (a garden with fountains), and Sundar Mahal (a small palace, now almost ruins).

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