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October to March
the capital of Bundelas, Orchha is now just a village, set
amongst a complex of well preserved palace and temples.
was founded in the early 16th century by Rajput
chieftain, Radra Pratap and remained the capital of powerful
Rajput Kingdom from 1583 till 1783. Orchha’s golden age was
during the first half of the 17th century when
Jehangir visited the city in 1606, a special palace, the Jehangir
Mahal, was specially built for him. Later both Shah Jahan
and Aurangzeb raided the city.
today is little more than a village with a population of only
a couple of thousands and is definitely worth a visit.
Places of Interest
fort is reached by an arched bridge and the three palaces
set in an open courtyard within the fort are the first buildings
to explore. The tiered Jahangir
Mahal was built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor
Jahangir in 1606. The Raj
Mahal, to the right of the courtyard, was built by Madhukar
Shah and has bold colorful murals inside. The third palace,
is the Rai Praveen
Mahal, which is a two storey brick structure set in the
gardens of Anand
the many temples within the fort, three are especially worth
visiting. The Ram Raja
Mandir was originally a palace and became a temple more
by accident than design. An image of Ram was installed while
the temple, The Chaturbhuj
was being built for it.
For some reason the image could not be moved from the
palace and despite its spires and ornate decoration became
a sacred place. Linked to the Ram Raja is the Lakshminarayan
temple, the interiors of which have some of the best preserved
murals and wall paintings in Orchha.
Nearest airport is Gwalior (101 kms).
express from Delhi (4.5 hrs) & Agra (2.5 hrs).
kms from Gwalior.
India & Nepal
(12 nights / 13 days)
Delhi - Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra -
Jhansi - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi -
Kathmandu - Delhi
Mumbai - Nagpur - Kanha - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Jhansi
- Orchha - Agra - Jaipur - Sariska - Delhi.