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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.
As Orchha is a small village in the middle of nowhere, the modern broadband internet connections haven't arrived yet.... more travel advice
The Lakshi Narayan Temple, is built on a small hill about a kilometre west of the village. It was built by Vir Singh Deo... more travel advice
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