In an attempt to capture the marvels of history, we often tend to overlook most of the hidden wonders of the past. It’s like missing a page while reading a book. Orchha is an important paragraph, if not page, in Indian history. A small and largely neglected town filled to the brim with ancient ruins, Orchha is a must visit for every wandering soul.
Located on the banks of River Betwa, Orchha lies next to a seasonal island. The exceedingly rich heritage is not maintained or guarded by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and that explains the off-beat nature of this historical place. Situated at a distance of just 15 km from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, Orchha was founded by the Bundela Rajput chief Rudra Pratap Singh who came upon the spot while hunting.
The magnificent and huge fort at Orchha is surrounded by various buildings which were constructed during different times. But the Raj Mahal is perhaps the most noteworthy of them all. It consists of Deewane Aam, Deewane Khas, and Centre Stage. The beauty of art and culture of that era is on display within the structures with oil paintings adorning the walls.
Another structure which attracts both eyes and ears is the Jahangir Mahal. It is said that the palace was erected for Mughal Emperor Jahangir who visited Orchha and stayed in the palace for a night. Since then, the palace has remained empty. Thus, it is also known as the ‘One Night Palace’.
There are several other engrossing structures which will rewind the clocks right back to the days of kings and queens. There’s the camel shelter where the King’s camels were stationed. Then there are countless cenotaphs and temples and tombs which lay scattered over the length and breadth of Orchha. One interesting temple is the Chaturbhuj temple which rests on a big platform of stone. Other than all this, other buildings like the residences of military officers, ministers, and the gunpowder factory provide a peep through into a time hidden, but not completely lost.
You will be living a king-size life while at Orchha. Although Orchha is a downplayed and largely ignored destination; hotel, accommodation, and food is not an issue at all. Orchha is at its best during Monsoon and winter. The old ruin offers a truly magical voyage to a part of Indian history which lies unexplored for the average traveler.
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