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The world ‘Orchha’ means hidden. Orchha is in Madhya Pradesh and is situated on a rock island on a curve in the Betwa River. It is elevated from the surrounding wooded countryside and approached by an arched bridge. Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela chief Raja Rudra Pratap and declared as his capital. It remained the capital of the Bundela kings until the 18th century, when it was abandoned for Tikamgarh. The Forts, Temples and shrines in Orchha leads to the medieval legacy and is perfect combination of Rajput and Mughal style of architecture.

Tourist Spots in Orchha / Must see in Orchha:

Jehangir Mahal:

This is a three-storied ornate built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. The extraordinary rich Trellies and chhatris work speaks about the superb architectural skill of the time.

Raj Mahal:

This palace was built by Madhukar Shah in the 17th century who was the religious predecessor of Bir Singh Ju Deo. This palace is having plain exteriors crowned by chhatris but leads towards interiors with exquisite murals.

Rai Parveen Mahal:

This is a low roofed palace basically built for Poetess and musician, Rai Parveen. She was the beautiful paramour of Raja Indramani. Her love for the king has attained mythical status.

Chaturbhuj Temple:

This temple was specially constructed to enshrine the image of Rama. It is built upon a massive stone platform and reached by a steep flight of steps. Its exterior ornamentation is done with Lotus emblems and symbols of religious significance.

Laxminarayan Temple:

This temple is a moulded form of Fort and temple. The interiors contain the most exquisite of Orchha's wall paintings. Its vivid color says about its high standard preservation status.

Ram Raja Temple:

This temple is the only temple where Rama is worshipped as a king that too in a palace. According to legends, once Lord Rama appeared in a dream to king Madhukar Shah and directed him to build a temple for him. The king followed the instructions given by Rama and brought his idol from Ajodhya. However, the construction of the temple was not complete when the idol arrived from Ajodhya. So it was kept in the palace for the time being. Later, the king remembered that in the dream Lord Rama had specifically mentioned that his idol could not be removed from the place where it has been originally kept. This led the king to abandon the construction of the temple and instead the palace where the idol was kept was converted into a temple.

Phool Bagh:

This beautiful garden complex ensure about the rich aesthetic qualities of the Bundelas. The eight pillared fountains with a subterranean structure below was the cool summer retreat of the Orchha kings. An original system of water ventilation connects the underground palace with Chandan Katora, a bowl-like structure from whose fountains droplets of water filtered through to the roof like rainfall.

Sunder Mahal:

This Muslim pilgrimage is almost in ruined condition. Dhurjban, son of Jhujhar, embraced Islam when he wed a Muslim girl at Delhi. His latter life was spent in prayer and meditation here.

Shahid Smarak:

This commemorates the great freedom fighter Chandrasekhar Azad who lived and worked in hiding in Orchha during 1926 and 1927.

The Royal Chattris:

There are 14 cenotaphs or the royal chattris of the former rulers grouped by the Kanchana Ghat on the banks of the river Betwa.

Sound and Light Show:

This attention-grabbing show of the sound and Light takes place at various destinations like the Chaturbhuj temple, the Jehangir Mahal, the Raj Mahal, the Cenotaphs, etc. in Orccha.

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