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There is no denying that travel to Orchha is really rewarding. If you wish to have one of the best Indian travel experiences, then Orchha is the right place. Best Indian Travel invites you to experience history etched in stone, and offers a complete Orchha travel guide to have a unique tourism experience.

Founded by the Bundela Rajput chieftain Rudra Pratap, Orchha is now a small town in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. Situated on the banks of Betwa River and surrounded by verdant hills and greenery, the place served as the capital of the powerful kingdom of the Bundela. Its historical structures are witness to the glorious past. The place still retains the medieval charm.

Apart from the rich history, the place is also noted for its scenic beauty and the crystal clear waters of the river add charm to the place. Bundela architecture is a curious synthesis of Rajput and Mughal styles. Travel to the fort complex in the town, which is home to most of the interesting places of tourist attraction. Jehangir Mahal, the greatest piece of architecture was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo to commemorate the visit of the fourth Mughal Emperor Jehangir. Jehangir visited the place in 1606.

The Jehangir Mahal : Orchha's single most admired palace, the Jehangir Mahal, was built by Bir Singh Deo as a monumental welcome present for the Mughal emperor Jehangir when he paid a state visit in the 17th century.

Entered through an ornate ceremonial gateway, the east-facing facade is encrusted with turquoise tiles. Two stone elephants flank the stairway, holding bells in their trunks to announce the arrival of the Raja. Three storeys of elegant hanging balconies, terraces, apartments and onion domes are piled around a central courtyard. This palace, however, is sort of more airy and lighted since it has countless windows and pierced stone screens looking out over the skyline to the west, and a sea of treetops and ruined temples in the other direction.

The Sheesh Mahal : Built during the early 18th century, long after Orchha's demise, the Sheesh Mahal ("Palace of Mirrors") was originally intended as an exclusive country retreat for the local Raja, Udait Singh. Following India's independence the property was inherited by the state government. The low, rather squat palace stands between the Raj Mahal and the Jehangir Mahal, at the far end of an open-sided courtyard. Around the village below the hill are several other interesting monuments. The Ram Raja Mandir stands at the end of the small bazaar, in a marble-tiled courtyard. This the pink and temple is a popular pilgrimage site. During major Rama festivals, thousands of worshippers gather in front of its ornate silver doors to await darshan of the garlanded deity inside.

With its huge pointed shikharas soaring high above the village Chaturbhuj Mandir, in cruciform shape, representing the four-armed Vishnu, with seven stories and spacious courtyards ringed by arched balconies, it epitomizes the Bundelkhand style.

On the other side of Ram Mandir, a path leads through the Muoghal-style Phool Bagh ornamental garden to Hardaul ka Baithak, a grand pavilion where Bir Singh Deo's second son, Hardaul, once held court.

How to Reach Orchha :

By Rail : Nearest railhead at Jhansi (16 km), on the Mumbai - Delhi and Delhi - Madras main lines, Al major mail and express trains stop at Jhansi.

By Road : Orchha lies on the Jhansi - Khajuraho Road. Regular bus service connects Orchha with Jhansi.



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