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Orchha is a small village with big history. It's located about 18km away from Jhansi in northern Madhya Pradesh which itself is 400km (240 miles) south of Delhi. I came here on the train from Gwalior via Jhansi where I took a bus to Orchha and then I went on to Khajuraho.

Small as Orchha is, (population of approx 8,500), the skyline is dominated by some very impressive palace and temple buildings. This is due to the fact that it was founded by the Rajput Bundela dynasty in the 16th century. They started building palaces such as the Raja Mahal and later the Jahangir Mahal as well as temples, of which, the Chaturbhuj Temple is the most impressive. The state reached its peak at the turn of the 20th century with an area of some 2,080 square miles and a population of over 320,000. The state was then merged with the Union Of India in 1950 and so ended the Bundela's Orchha rule which lasted for 450 years. Orchha, today, is a popular tourist destination because of its history and architecture but is not as touristy or as popular as Khajuraho which means that it keeps its small village charm. I loved Orchha because of this and because it was quiet and peaceful as well as being my first step into rural India.

  • Last visit to Orchha: Nov 2006
  • Intro Written Jun 13, 2007
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  • albaaust's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    Great photos and tips Glyn

  • cbeaujean's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    really comprehensive page!when there,next month,don't need LP at all,but only your very useful info,among them those about cenotaphs,even from river!

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Wow! This is a great page! I am overwhelmed by all this good informations and great pics!

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