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Orchha founded in the 16th century by Bundela Rajpur chief, Rudra Pradap, who chose this stretch of land along the river Betwa as an ideal site for his capital. This is beautiful historical spot with its palaces, temples, forts, parks, cenotaphs etc. Its grandeur has been captured in store, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages. The fascinating temples, forts and palaces built here by the Bundela rulers in the 16th and the 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection. The word Orchha means 'hidden'.

Orchha is more associated with the Bundela dynasty which was founded in the 11th century by a Rajput prince. The Bundela ruler, Raja Rudra Pratap ruled the central part of India from 1531 to 1783 with having Orchha has their capital. But the Bundelas always had some problem with the Mughal rulers for in the year 1602, Bir Singh Deo of Bundela dynasty had some problem with Prince Jahagir, the son of Emperor Akbar. So Akbar with this his Mughal forces almost destroyed the entire region of the Bundelas. But however this environment was changed with the death of Akbar in 1605 and Emperor Jahangir and Bir Singh Deo maintained a cordial relationship with each other. Again in 1627 Bir Singh overthrew the authority of the state of the Mughals after Shahajan became the Mughal Emperor. During this revolt the Bundelas were defeated by Aurangzeb the sone of Shahajahan. After this defeat the Bundelas moved their capital to Tikamgarh in 1783.

Ideal Time to visit:
The ideal time to visit Orchha is between the month of October to March.

Location, Fairs and Festivals:
Orchha situated besides the Malwa plateau is concentrated more towards the northern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh which takes the central region of India. Bastar-Dussera days during September - October are very attractive with processions and illuminations. This is celebrated for a period of nine days along with many cultural programs and fairs. Birth of Lord Rama is celebrated on Ram Navami in Orchha. During the eight days preceding Ram Navami, Ramayana is read or Chanted.

Tourist Place:-


Jehangir Mahal:- Jehangir Mahal one of the most beautiful mounment in Orchha has more of Islamic style of architecture. Jehangir Mahal was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo order to honor the memory of the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. The main attracting feature of this Mahal is at the entrance of the gate there are two statues of bowed elephants which makes us to explore the entire Mahal.

Raj Parveen Mahal:-Raj Parveen Mahal was built by king Indramani in order to honour his love for Raj Parveen who was an exceptionally talented poetess and a musician. This Mahal belongs to the 17th Century. The Place is built in such a way so that the height of it goes proportionate with the height to frees in its surrounding. From here one can get a beautiful view of the Anand Mahal and the octagonal flower garden in the vicinity.


Chaturbhuj Temple:-Chaturbhuj Temple is situated on a huge stone formation in Orchhha and it took more than 15years to construct this temple. Chaturbhuj Temple was built by Raja Madhukar between the year 1558 and 1573. it was initially constructed with the idea of the house the idol of Lord Rama, but later, statue of Lord Vishnu was established. The interior of this temple is brightly illuminated with lights and there is also a huge assembly hall.


Laxminarayan Temple:-Laxminarayan Temple is predominatly a huge construction built by Vir Singh Deo in 1622A.D. The main feature of this temple is its unique architecture which is a mix of both a fort and a temple and the place is also noted for its exceptional interior paintings. Though these paintings are very old but still it is retained with great care. The presiding deity of this temple is Goddess Laxmi.

Chandreshekhar Azad Memorial, Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary and Chhatris are other tourist place in Orchha which can attract people.

How to reach:-

By Air:- Gwalior is the nearest airport, which is arround 119km away. Flight from delhi and Bhopal are regular to Gwalior.
By Rail:- Jhansi is the closest railhead, situated at a distance of 16km from here. You can hire a taxi from Jhansi to Orchha.
By Road:- Orchha is situated on the Jhansi-Khajuraho road. The town is well connected to all the cities of Madhya Pradesh with regular bus service.

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