Traveling To Orchha
In the 15th century, the Bundela King Rudra Pratap chose an easily defended and beautiful site for his capital. Set on an island of rock on a bend in the Betwa River, Orchha is elevated above the surrounding countryside and approached by an arched bridge. The Bundela Kings were not only great warriors but also lovers of art and architecture and they have left behind a rich legacy in stone.
Fortunately, the hand of time has rested lightly on Orchha and the medieval fort. Magnificent palaces, beautiful temples and splendid cenotaphs still retain much of their pristine perfection.
There is a lot to see in Orchha and complimenting the noble proportions of the palace exteriors are the interiors, which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela School of painting. In the Laxminarayan Temple and Raj Mahal, vibrant murals encompassing a variety of themes adorn the walls and ceilings, giving them expression and life. The exquisite Jehangir Mahal was built to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir, and its strong lines are balanced by delicate and graceful chattris and trellis work. The Rai Praveen Mahal, designed to match the height of the trees in the surrounding gardens, was built for Rai Praveen, the beautiful lover of Raja Indramani. The Ram Raja Temple is a palace turned temple, and is the only place where Lord Rama is worshipped as a King.
Orchha is another of those undiscovered Indian gems that have so much to offer the tourist. All the monuments are within a short distance of each other and this clustering of monuments, each with its poignant history and each contributing to the nostalgic beauty that is Orchha, make it a must visit destination and every photographer’s delight.
Of late, Orchha is gaining in popularity with tourists and now it also has an up market hotel. The Amar Mahal is located on a hillock close to the cenotaphs on the Betwa River and is built in the traditional Bundelkhand architectural style. The Orchha Resort is another privately run up-market hotel that offers top class facilities, but it is insensitively placed in front of the historical Chattris (Cenotaphs) blocking the view from across the river.
There are a lot of hotels and resorts in Orchha some of them in heritage category and a few modern luxury hotels too for more information on things you must know before traveling to Orchha and Madhya Pradesh tour packages contact http://www.swantour.com/ at 011 – 23415601