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Orchha Madhya Pradesh

Every emotion of historic India is found at Orchha Madhya Pradesh. The stories of war, peace, love and destruction is told by the many historical monuments and Orchha temple in this region. The Bundela Kings ruled over the medieval India and so did King Rudra Pratap, both of whom preferred Orchha as their capital city during the 16th Century.
The history of Orchha is best told by the Bundela paintings which are currently the home for natural splendor for a wonderful valley reflected in the Orchha Amar Mahal. The fresh waters of Betwa provide the much required peace and tranquility to its visitors. The Orchha tourism includes a tour of the following:

1. Raj Mahal: located in the fort complex, Raj Mahal houses many rooms for the King's harem, his guests and a private room for the King. The antique Chhatris and murals are the main attraction in this palace which tell about the activities that were carried out at the palace in ancient India.
2. Jahangir Mahal: surrounded by balconies that give a panoramic view of the surroundings, Jahangir Mahal stands as the testimony to the friendship between Mughals and the Bundelas. The bowed elephants at the entrance show case the Islamic architecture, which is the main beauty of Orchha Madhya Pradesh.
3. Rai Parveen Mahal: mostly in ruins now, this is a 2 storey building, with a height corresponding to the nearby trees. This palace is located very near to the Jahangir mahal. History of Orchha mentions that King Indramani used to visit this palace after a hectic day's work to relax and spend time with the inhabitants of the palace.
4. Orchha temple is also equally famous like the palaces in the region. The specialty of Ram Raja temple is that, it is the only place in India where Lord Rama is worshipped as a King in a Palace. The history of Orchha mentions that Kind Mahdukar was directed by lord Rama in dreams for a temple which led to the Kind bringing the idol of Lord Rama from Ayodhya. As temple was not constructed when the idol arrived in orchha, theidol remained in the king's palace and then it was never removed from the palace. Hence, the palace itself became a temple where Lord Rama is worshipped.
5. Chaturbhuj Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple and Orchha Amar Mahal are some other attractions worth a visit in Orchha Tourism. The temples reflect the Indian royal style of architecture.
6. Sheesh Mahal Orchha: A palace built with Sheesh (Mirrors) in the 18th Century stands as an epitome of retreat to Kind Udait Singh. Post independence, the palace was taken over by the Indian Government. The Sheesh Mahal Orchha lies between the Jahangir Mahal and the Raj Mahal with a open sided courtyard.

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