Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Travel To Orchha - Madhya Pradesh Medieval Heritage

Orchha, a “Lost Paradise” certainly lives up to its name. The place is a former capital of the Bundela Rajas and remains an architectural gem. This small town is located between Jhansi and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh which was founded in the 16th century by Bundela Rajput Chieftain Rudra Pratap. This Enchanting place is decked with exquisite temples, palaces, and chattris in amidst.

A place of tales and fables showcases palaces and temples, many of which still retain their pristine perfection. In this magnificent, lost world, one can still have the echoes of love everywhere in the surroundings of Orchha.

Orchha witnessed aroma of love, sacrifice and bravery of the Rajputs of the Bundela phratry, who ruled over Orchha for over two centuries. Orchha became a symbol of love and gallantry. It is also believed that Rajput prince intended to sacrifice their life to goddess Vindhyavasini.

Quick Facts

Location - It is a small town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh.

Climate - summer: Max, 47oC, Winter: Min, 4oC

Accommodation – There are plenty of hotels available in Orchha, ranging from deluxe to budget such as Bundelkhand Riverside Hotel, Amar Mahal Hotel, and The Orchha Resort.

When to Visit – October to March

How to Reach – By rail: Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) is the nearest city (16 kms away) from which one can easily reach Orchha.

By road: There are regular bus services from Jhansi to Orchha, as Orchha lies off the Jhansi-Khajuraho road.

Tourist Attractions In Orchha

From the 300-year-old classic vignette that is Orchha, to a modern-day state of Madhya Pradesh has imbibed the best of both worlds. Discover Orchha’s beautiful palaces that are frozen in time.

Rai Praveen Mahal – This Palace is a tender fable of poignant love. King Indramani built a special palace to express his love. It is a low, two-storeyed brick structure, designed to match the height of the trees in the surrounding area.

Jahangir’s Mahal Palace – This exquisite Palace, which Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo built to honor Emperor Jahangir’s visit to Orchha is a magnificent example of medieval palace- fort architecture. Its strong lines are counter- balanced by delicate chhatri and trellis work. The whole structure conveys an effect of extraordinary richness. From here, one can have a spectacular view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs. This perfect amalgamation of different tart forms gives these monuments a unique aesthetic expression.

Raja Mahal – The third palace that completes the trio of magnificence and beauty is Raja Mahal. The temple is surely one of the most extraordinary sites in India. The significance of this place also increases, as it is the only temple in India where Rama is worshipped as a King.

Phool Bagh –Kings and queens are lost in the whirlpool of time, but their legacy of beauty and love still reigns here. Phool Bagh testifies to the refined aesthetic qualities of the Bundela dynasty. A central row of fountains culminates in an eight pillared palace-pavilion. A subterranean structure constructed below, was used to provide a cool summer retreat to the Orchha Kings.

Orchha never leaves the visitor untouched. As a visitor turns to have a last look at these mystic palaces, echoing with the fabulous stories of love and bravery, one cannot help the feeling that perhaps, ages ago, you were here too, behind that tree…that archway…dreaming of your love… waiting for your lover…


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