In Pictures: The historic town of Orchha in India

The historic town of Orchha, is situated on the banks of the Betwa river. In the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput Canhief, Rudra Pratap. This ancient town is nothing less than turning the pages of a fairy tale book. FInd out some of the most fascinating temples and palaces that were constructed in the period.

Source: M.P. Tourism Literature

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    1. Orchha Fort

The fort complex is within an island formed by the confluence of the Betwa River and Jamni River in Orchha town approached from the eastern part of the market in the town through a multiple arched bridge with 14 arches built in granite stones. Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Rai Praveen Mahal are part of the Fort complex.

Photo Courtesy: Sagar Das from Flickr

 

    2. Chaturbhuj Temple

This was where the idol of Ram was originally supposed to be enshrined. The temple dominates the town of Orchha by its sheer size, its towering shikharas seem to reach out to the sky. Built on a 4.5m high platform one has to climb a flight of steps to reach the temple.

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    3. Orchha Bird Sanctuary

It’s one of the most scenic sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh. Spread over an area of around 46 sq km, the Sanctuary gains importance due to rich fauna, Betwa River and some rare varieties of plants.

Photo Courtesy: Koshy Koshy from Flickr

    4. Bundela Chattris/Cenotaphs

Fifteen cenotaphs to the Bundela kings and members of their clan are located on the southern bank of the river Betwa. These include the cenotaphs of Madhukar Shah, Vir Singh Deo, Jaswant Singh, Udait Singh, Pahar Singh and others. Most of the cenotaphs are designed in Panchyatan style. They are constructed on an elevated square platform. The sanctum sanctorum also is square shaped and in the center. The upper portion has been made angular with arches. The peak of the sanctum sanctorum is patterned in the Nagar style of temple architecture.

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