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Orchha is a perfect blend of history and nature in one place. It served as the capital of the Rajputana kings of Bundela and carries history in its every part. The town of Orchha is situated by the Betwa River and is located at a distance of just 15 kms from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. Orchha is far from the hustle and bustle of the city and its splendidly secure monuments will give you the insight of how ‘the Maharajas of India’ would have lived their life.
History of Orchha
Rudra Pratap Singh was the first King of Orchha and was also the founder of this place; he founded Orchha in the 16th century and built the Orchha fort as his residence. Later the princely state of central region of India called the Bundelakhanda, this state received special attention of the Mughals due to their honesty with the Mughals leading to friendly relations.
Tourist Attractions in Orchha
The age old historical architecture is set beside the panoramic natural landscapes which give picturesque views of the town. The prominent attractions of this town are-
The Orchha fort is one of the most sought out spot by tourists in Orchha. The fort was built by Raja Rudra Pratap Singh and the most beautiful building in the fort complex is the Raj Mahal besides Jahangir Mahal and the Rai Parveen Mahal. It also houses many temples and other buildings that were built at different times by the queens and the Kings of the ruling family.
The Chaturbhuj temple was constructed by the Bundela kings in the 17th century. The site was selected by the king in the way that the idol of Lord Krishna would be visible from the balcony of his room and he can get a glimpse of god every day. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and exquisite view of Orchha can be seen from the top floor of this temple.
The Chhatris are cenotaphs constructed in order to glorify the contributions of the mighty kings of Bundelakhand. There are 14 Chhatris that are constructed besides the Betwa River at Kanchana Ghat and they reflect the great construction skills of the craftsmen. One of the temple shaped cenotaphs is dedicated to the brave Bundela chieftain Bir Singh Deo.
Languages Spoken in Orchha
Most people in Orchha speak Hindi followed by Gujarati, Marathi and English.
Cuisines of Orchha
The Bundelakhand region has its own flavors which are lip smacking. The famous delicacies of this region are Bundelkhandi Gosht with Rice and Makai Roti, Kunde Ka Bhatta, Murar ka Kebab and Chakki ki Shaak. The sweet delicacies of Orchha are Raas ki Kheer, Maawa Baati, Khoprapak and Malpua.
Famous Festivals in Orchha
The most enthusiastically celebrated festivals of Orchha are the Orchha Utsav, Mahashivratri, Bhagoria Fair and Deepawali.
Climate in Orchha
Orchha witnesses a hot summer with high heat and winters that are cold. Hot semi-arid climate persists in the months of April to July. Best time to visit is from October to March.