A part of Tikamgarh district, Orcha is more aligned with Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. Orcha was once a seat of power for Bundela Rajput of Madhya Pradesh. When I got an invitation from my friend Abid Khan’s daughter at Jhansi, I did visualize Orcha, but I did not think I may be able to go for an extensive visit of Orcha Palace and Fort.
I travelled by Bhopal bound Shatabdi Express from Agra to Jhansi. There was a taxi waiting for me at the Railway Station. the driver took me to Hotel Yatrik, which is located in the heart of city, known as Elite Crossing area. Since the train reaches Jhansi at about 11.00 AM, I checked-in at the hotel about 15 minutes later.
My friend Shakeel Khan who escorted me to the hotel from railway station, had a chat with me over a cup of coffee and snacks at the hotel. The day was Sunday, the 6th of November, 2016. There was a huge rally of a political party there and all main roads were blocked. Mr. Khan suggested me to go for some sight-seeing and return in the evening. The marriage ceremonies were scheduled for night hours, i.e. after 8 PM.
After saying goodbye to Shakeel Khan, I called the driver and enquired him about the places of historical importance where we can roam around till in the evening. The driver, Riyasat Khan was very informative and had an aptitude like a certified guide. He suggested me to visit either Datia–a religious place or Orcha Fort and Palace. since I had already visited Datia a few month ago, I opted for Orcha.
We moved at about 2.00 PM, after taking lunch at the hotel itself. Orcha is hardly 15 kilometers from Jhansi.
Orchha was founded in 1531 (the 16th century AD) by the Bundela Rajput chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, who became the first King of Orchha, and also known to built the Fort of Orchha. The Chaturbhuj Temple was built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar, by the Queen of Orchha Ganeshi Bai
Main way to the fort
Main premises of the palace.
A group of tourists getting insights from a local guide.
The look from upper storey
One of the royal room of the fort
Wall paintings of the era still intact in the palace
The royal auditorium (Raj Darbar)
Entry gate of Fort
Flavour of Hindu religion
Bye Bye Orcha.
(All pictures copyrighted @ Raj Gopal Singh Verma)