In the Tikamgarh district of India’s central state of Madhya Pradesh, time left behind a small town of Orchha, whose every corner promises tales of love, sacrifice and gallantry. This ancient town is a beautiful synthesis of the Bundela Dynasty and Mughal Empire influences, which is reflected in its architectural and historical landscape. Also, it’s the site where palaces are transformed into temples, God is venerated as a King and a prince is regarded as a demigod, making it worthy of attention.
Founded in 1501 AD by Bundela Rajput King Rudra Pratap Singh, Orchha, a ‘hidden paradise’ has stood the test of time and holds the same religious, architectural and historical richness as centuries ago. It has immaculate temples, palaces, cenotaphs and forts that have frozen it in a time warp. Besides, there are ancient stepwells, royal horse stables, a wind tower and the ojha’s (spirit healers).
With a population of just 10,000 people, this place traverses you into an era where life was simpler compared to now.
What to see and do
From architecture and history to adventure activities, you can find it all packed into this tiny town of Orchha. In fact, every nook and corner of the town has its own story and the best way to explore is by foot.
Nestled on the banks of Betwa River, the Orchha Fort is home to temples and palaces that reflect the immaculate architectural and historical grandeur of the town. The must-see palaces within the Orchha complex include Jahangir Mahal, Rai Praveen Mahal and Raja Mahal.
Jahangir Mahal: Raja Bir Singh Deo built this palace in the 17th century as a tribute to Mughal emperor Jahangir. Overl