Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Orchha (‘hidden place’) on the River Betwa lives up to its name, situated amid a tangle of scrubby forest. Bundela chief Rudra Pratap Singh, who became the first King of Orchha, founded Orchha in 1531.
In the early 17th century, Raja Jujhar Singh rebelled against the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, whose armies devastated the state and occupied Orchha from 1635 to 1641. Orchha was the only Bundela state not subjugated by the Marathas in the 18th century. Orchha remained the capital of the powerful Rajput kingdom until 1783, when the town of Tehri, near Orchha, became capital of Orchha state. However, Orchha’s golden age was during the first half of the 17th century. When Jehangir visited the city in 1606, a special palace – the Jehangir Mahal, was constructed for him. Later, both Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb raided the city.
The attraction here is the legacy of Orchha’s illustrious past. The village is set amongst an impressive complex of well-preserved palaces and temples. The Jehangir Mahal, a 17th century palace is a stunning and rambling complex, offering great views of the countryside from its upper levels.
The Rang Mahal nearby possesses nice murals. Below the Jehangir Mahal is the smaller Raj Praveen Mahal, a palace built near a garden.
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Built in the traditional heritage style, the Amar Mahal enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding hills.
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