Orchha is a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. Orchha means 'hidden place' and being true to its name, the place lies amidst scrubby dhak woods. Orchha was founded in the 16th c by the Bundela chief Rudra Pratap who became the first Raja of Orchha. The town was the seat of a former princely state of central India in the Bundelkhand region.
ChhatriesThere are fourteen chhatries grouped along the Kanchana Ghat of the river Betwa. These are memorials to the rulers of Orchha.
Dinman Hardaul's Palace The fascinating legend goes that Hardaul was a son of Bir Singh Ju Deo and sacrificed his life to prove his innocence to his elder brother Jhujhar who cast doubts on his relationship with Jhujhar's consort. This saintly prince was worshipped as a god and even today, there are platform-like shrines in the villages of Bundelkhand where Hardaul is worshipped.
Laxminarayana Temple This temple is linked with the Ram Raja Temple with a flagstone path. The architectural pattern is an interesting blend of fort and temple moulds. The interior contains the most exquisite of Orchha's wall paintings. These murals are vivid compositions capturing a variety of spiritual and secular subjects.
This small palace, almost in ruins today, is a place of pilgrimage for the Muslims. Dhurjban, son of Jhujhar, embraced Islam when he wed a Muslim girl at Delhi. He spent the latter part of his life in prayer and meditation and acquired the revered status of a saint.
How to Reach Orchha
Reaching Orchha is not difficult at all.
By Air The nearest airport is Khajuraho. Several airlines connect it to other major cities of India like Delhi, Varanasi.
By Rail The nearest railhead is Jhansi which is an important junction in central India. Several train links connect Jhansi to the rest of the country.
By Bus Orchha lies on the road between Jhansi and Khajuraho. Gwalior is only 120kms away from Orchha by road.
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