-- Orchha near Jhansi --

  By : Reema Thakur† [on Fri, 01-Apr-2011]    Destination : Orchha
Orchha is a small village which is located 18 kilometres away from Jhansi. Orchha is a historic village and thus is a must-visit destination. One of the ways to reach Orchha is to take a train from Gwalior, via Jhansi and then get down at Jhansi and take a bus from there to Orchha. Orchha is a small place with a population of 8,500 people. Even in spite of this, there are many impressive palaces and temples in the village. This is because Orchha was founded by the Rajput bundela clan in the 16th century. The Rajputs in Orchha built magnificent palaces here. Two such examples of the palaces are Raja Mahal and Jahangir Mahal. Amongst the temples, the Chaturbhuj temple is well-known. It was during the 20th century that Orchha reached its pinnacle. During this time the village had a population of 3,20,000 people and an area of 2,080 square miles. Orchha village is situated 18 kilometres away from Jhansi. The Orchha village combined with the Union of India in the year 1950. This ended the Bundelaís rule there. The Bundelas had ruled in Orchha for 450 years. Orchha is a good tourist destination because of its history and architecture, but itís not as famous as other tourist destinations. Thus, Orchha has retained its village charm and is therefore liked by tourists.
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