-- Orccha, Small yet Sweet Place --

  By : Tarun Tharoor  [on Mon, 04-Apr-2011]    Destination : Orchha
Orccha literally means something ‘hidden’. Indeed this place is a hidden tourist destination in the heart of India, the state of Madhya Pradesh. World Heritage Site, Khajuraho is its neighbor. You can club the visit to these two places conveniently. Both of them are historically important places. The city of Orccha is small, but a sweet settlement. When I visited Orccha the temperatures were soaring, the heat was unbearable. However, I was unperturbed. To be precise, this place is small and the main tourist attractions or the places worth seeing in Orccha are the Laxmi Narayan Temple, the Rai Praveen Mahal, Chaturbhuj Temple, the Raja Ram Temple, Chandrashekhar Azad Memorial and Sheesh Mahal. This Sheesh Mahal has now been converted into a hotel, you can book rooms here. The Laxmi Narayan temple has beautiful wall paintings. Rai Praveen Mahal was built by King Indramani for his lover Rai Praveen, a singer and poetess. It is a beautiful palace. There is also this Jahangir Mahal, built in honor of Emperor Jahangir. The Chaturbhuj temple is the only temple in India where Lord Ram is worshipped as a King and not God. There are not many good hotels here, better check on the internet for bookings, I stayed in a small, cheap hotel, did not waste time because I had to spend just a night in Orccha. The day I reached Orccha I was on a spree to visit the temples, I am not very religious but not an atheist either. Visiting the temples was a little hectic, there was a lot rush. But no complains, it was nice to see those ages old temples. I had m lunch in a small restaurant, the food was good. At night my hotel informed about a bonfire night nearby, I walked to that place, it was nice socialize a bit. There were some foreigners who were to head to Khajuraho. It was nice to spend a day in Orccha.
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