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Orchha

Tikamgarh , Madhya Pradesh

Orchha is the place in bundelkhand in Madhya Pradesh which is famous for the being the place that has s a bit of the architecture that Khajuraho possesses. Another of the true architectural and sculptural wonders of this country, the Orchha temple also is another specimen of erotic sculpture depicting the lifestyle of people of an era which has passed many years ago. The best piece of architecture that you will probably come across here, among the many is the Orchha fort which is one of the best preserved forts in the country. The grandeur of the fort overshadows even the temples that are present here. Stories of the rise and fall of the Chandela dynasty are legendary. Also surprising is the friendship between the Mughals and the Rajputs which led to the building of the famous Jehangir Mahal here where the emperor used to come and live. Numerous tales of valour, chivalry, friendship and devotion resonate from the many structures that grace the soil of Orchha. One of the places that will truly make history come alive, here you see a life that once was. The Fort and palaces are very well preserved. Absolutely gorgeous murals, with colors that look like they have been applied recently and not a 1000 years ago. The Betwa river makes the perfect foil for this historical town and shows you one of the most stunning sunsets ever. The Chatur Bhuj temple (was originally meant to be the temple for Raja Ram), the Laxmi Narayan temple which has a unique triangular shape, the chattris all make for a fabulous experience. Even though Orchha is not very high up on the tourist list, this is truly a beautiful place that should not be missed at any cost.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 28.0°C /82.0°F 56 mm 734feet 8499.0 /km2 Jan-Mar,Nov-Dec Coming Soon

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  • Chandreshekhar Azad Memorial

  • Chhatris


    "Orchha (or Urchha) is a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh state, India. The town was established by Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh in 1501, as the seat of an eponymous former princely state of central India, in the Bundelkhand region. Orchha lies on the Betwa River, 80 km from Tikamgarh & 15 km from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh.[1.Orchha was founded in the 15th century AD,[2] by the Bundela chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, who became the first King of Orchha, (r. 1501-1531) and also built the Fort of Orchha.[3] The Chaturbhuj Temple was built, during the reign of EmperorAkbar, by the Queen of Orchha Ganeshi Bai,[4] while Raj Mandir was built by 'Madhukar Shah' during his reign, 1554 to 1591.[5][6]"

    Chhatris

  • Dauji Ki Haveli


    "Orchha is a hub of trading activities from very ancient times and this gave birth to the raising of a new class of people called merchants. These merchants were not only rich but also very influential among the ruling regime. The merchants used their wealth to build palatial mansions with elaborate decorations and splendid architecture. These mansions are the replicas of the royal palaces. In Orchha, there are so many ornamented houses, which popularly called as Havelis. \nDauji-ki-haveli is a classic example of a well-preserved Haveli, it looks like a miniature version of the royal palace. A remarkable feature of this Haveli is the rich collection of Mural paintings on its walls. Centuries old paintings are still glittering with brightness is an adorable seen."

    Dauji Ki Haveli

  • Raja Mahal


    "The royal residence of erstwhile kings of Orchha, Raja Mahal is situated in Tikamgarh district, Madhya Pradesh. Beautiful towers decorate the exterior of this magnificent palace, and outstanding mural paintings adorn the interiors. \nThe palace houses two rectangular courtyards, which follows the ancient Indian concept of the mandapa. The most important feature inside the palace is the Diwan-i-Khaas, which is widely admired for its fantastic motifs. A 17th century monument that withstood the ravages of time is a worthy for a watch."

    Raja Mahal

  • Rani Mahal


    "Prettily situated in the fort complex, Rani Mahal in Orchha is famous for its lovely paintings and unique architecture. Rani Mahal, which is also known as the Queen's Chamber was the royal residence of the Queen of Raja Madhukar Shah. A great devotee of Lord Ram, the queen decorated her bedroom with murals featuring scenes from the epics. The exquisite paintings of Bhima and a bird flying with elephants are really fantastic. \nRani Mahal commands the panoramic view of the entire city and a glimpse of the beautiful river Betwa at a distance."

    Rani Mahal

  • Chatturbhuj Temple


    "Chaturbhuj Temple (Devanagri: ???????? ?????), dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is situated at Orchha in Madhya Pradesh, India. The name Chaturbhuj (Devanagri: ????????) is a derived from Sanskrit words ???: = four and ???? = arms, which literally means one who has four arms; and refers to Lord Vishnu\nBuilt in 875, during the reign of imperial Gurjara Pratihara dynasty, it is constructed within a later colonnade.[1] The temple consists of a sanctum with pancharatha Sikhara, a vestibule and a porch. The temple also has a curved tower with a small porch."

    Chatturbhuj Temple

  • Laxmi Narayan Temple


    "Laxmi Narayan Temple in Orchha exhibits a unique style of architecture, which is a beautiful mix of a fort and a temple moulds. The walls of this charming shrine are elaborately decorated with fabulous mural paintings, which show pulsating compositions from mythological themes. This temple also houses the very famous post mutiny paintings. \nThere is a flagstone path that connects Laxmi Narayan Temple with Ram Raja Temple. Another important structure of this delightful shrine is the flagstone path that connects this temple with the Ram Raja Temple. The temple along with its exquisite paintings presents an enthralling feeling and is a worthy to watch spectacle."

    Laxmi Narayan Temple

  • Ram Raja Temple


    "The Ram Raja Temple is a temple in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India.[1] It is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage and receives devotees in large numbers regularly. The annual domestic tourist number around 650,000 and the foreign tourist number around 25,000. The daily number of visitors to the temple range from 1500 to 3000 and on certain important Hindu festivals like the Makar Sankranti, Vasant Panchami, Shivratri, Ram navami, Kartik Purnima and Vivaha Panchami the number of devotees who throng to Orchha range in thousands.[2] In Orchha, as well as the whole country, this is the only temple where Lord Ram is worshipped as a king and that also in a palace. A Guard of Honour is held everyday, police personnel have been designated as Guards at the temple, much in the manner of a king.[3] The food and other amenities provided to the deity at the temple are a royal repast. Armed salutation is provided to Lord Ram everyday. Even today the very first invitation card of any Hindu wedding in the region is sent to Raja Ram.\nIn the temple Raja Ram is accompanied by Mata Sita (on the left), brother Laxman (on the right), Maharaj Sugreev and Narsingh Bhagwan (on the right). Durga Maa is also present in the darbaar on the right side. Hanumaan ji and Jamwant ji are praying just below Maata Sita. The specialty of this temple is that Lord Ram has a sword in his right hand and a shield in the other. Shri Ram is sitting in Padmasan, with the left leg crossed on to the right thigh."

    Ram Raja Temple

  • Rai Praveen Mahal


    "An abode of love, Rai Praveen Mahal is the beautiful palace built for the Poetess and musician, Rai Parveen who was the lover of Raja Indramani. A two storied brick structure, positioned in the midst of a landscaped garden, Rai Praveen Mahal is so designed that it should suit to its magnificient surroundings. The natural flow of light is surged through the superbly carved niches. \nThe octagonal shaped beautiful Mughal garden and its pretty flowerbeds make the brick palace more gorgeous.\n"

    Rai Praveen Mahal

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