-- A Brief Orccha Visit --

  By : Anand Maheshwari  [on Tue, 29-Mar-2011]    Destination : Orchha
On my way to Khajuraho from Agra, I came across this beautiful town named Orccha. It lies just off the main highway that links Khajuraho to Agra. Lying on the shores of the Betwa River, its palaces, temples and royal cenotaphs together make it an exceptional settlement, with a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, not very easy to find in India. Visiting this place en route to Khajuraho will not leave you disappointed, you will be more than happy to be there. Orccha literally means ‘hidden’. It was founded in the 16th century by Rudra Pratap, a Bundela Rajput chieftain. He chose this land along the Betwa River as an ideal capital. The places worth visiting in Orccha are the Jehangir Palace, the Chaturbhuj Temple and Laxmi Narayan Temple, Rai Praveen Mahal and the Raj Mahal. The Jehangir Mahal was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo. There are also large and impressive cenotaphs built by Bundela rulers to remember the dead royals in its area. The Raj Mahal was built by Raja Madhukar Shah in the 16th century. These are beautiful and bold murals on the ceilings of its walls. A pathway from this palace leads you to the Praveen Mahal, it was built in the 17th century because the then King loved to watch dance. It is surrounded by lovely lawns. You feel enchanted when you walk around because this place has peaceful atmosphere, and it is quite cool here. the Chaturbhuj and Laxminarayan temple have beautiful interiors and are a great piece of architecture. In this small settlement there very few shows, handful good hotels and restaurants. It is better to devote a single day to this place and move forward to your main destination than rather halting here. You can walk around on foot since the place is not very large.
 
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