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FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015
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f you are looking for a quiet date with history and some moments
for self, then this is the perfect time to head to Orchha. Far away
from the madding crowds of urban centres, this tiny village town
in transition in Madhya Pradesh, offers a vacation that promises
to be a medley of absorbing details, relaxation, peace and reju-
venation. Orchha is not the done to death commercial touristy hotspot
where no sooner that you step off a train, bus or any other mode of
transport, you are overwhelmed by the gaggle guides, tour operators,
vendors and street sellers of many hues and colours. Stepping into
Orchha is akin to stepping back in time—here time seems to have stood
still beguilingly. This tiny city hides within it centuries of India’s past—
a legacy carved in stone—mute yet evocative.
Uncovering
History & Mystery
Orchha has a rich and distinct past
all encompassed within 2 sq km.
BY BINITA SINGH
If heading fromDelhi, just take a train to
Jhansi, which is a 15 km ride from this ancient
city. You can come back to explore Jhansi again,
but for now, catch an auto or a taxi and head out
to the erstwhile seat of the Bundelas. The sight of
Orchha is like an artist’s impression, drawn on
a canvas of blue, grey and blue—a line of stone
palaces and temples with rising domes etched
between the blue of the sky above and reflected in
the still waters of Betwa river below—mesmeris-
ing in its beauty and the architectural excellence
of the bygone era. Orchha is a true reflection of
UPDATE
In Memoriam:
The cenotaphs and
the
chattris
along the
Betwa river stand
in sweet reverie.
Fort for the Lord:
Lakshmi Narayan
temple is one of the
architectural wonders
and a huge draw.
Royal Abode:
Emperor Jahangir’s
visit to Orchha was
frozen for eternity by
the Bundelas in this
abode in his name.
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PHOTOS BY AJAY SOOD (TRAVELURE)
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