Have you ever thought of going to a place which has a sense of primitiveness, a place with huge monuments defining the old eras of Horses, knights and kingdoms, a place with castles and temples and historic monuments. Head over to this small town in MP, it is Orcha. A place built about 450 year ago by his highness Rudra pratap singh. Orcha stands on the bank of Betwa river in district Tikamgarh which is just about 15 kms away from Jhansi another land of emperors forts and not to forget “Hockey”.
This place is the home of unmatched beauty and leaves that “Scintillating effect” on you. The entrance has this huge “king size” gate to welcome you just as a king. Move further and you will find its first attraction which is the Ram Raj temple.
It is huge and at fist glance I mistook it as a Fort but apparently it wasn’t. It was a temple of Lord Rama built in 1501 by the Bundela Rajput chief, RudraPratap Singh, who became the first King of Orchha, (1501-1531) and also built the Fort of Orchha. It looks like those huge old schools castles in the UK which have no windows. You move inside, then you get to see the beauty of the so called architects of the old times. Sitting there is a sigh of relief, peace and positivism. You sit there and watch people come and go, it is leaves a pretty significant effect on you.
Next stop was the the king’s palace (Raja Mahal) the most note-worthy sight there, it has been converted into a heritage hotel now and you can book your stay there for about 8000 bucks a night. We were welcomed by these huge wooden gates. To put that into perspective, those were so huge that you can keep 2 full-size trucks one on the other and pass them through and there would still be enough room left for you on the sides. We entered and saw the inside, it was pure “Luxury” staying there was fun. The folk dances they performed, the food and everything.
So, here’s everything that I saw, wait, did I tell about the river?
Oo yess, Orchha lies on River Betwa which is by far the most violent river I saw after Ganga and the best part is that you see it from the rooftop of your hotel (The palace). We went out to see the current and were intrigued. It was huge and has a bridge, a bridge so small that only one car can pass through at once, you cannot drive side by side, it doesn’t even have fences it is just like it was in the old times. Sitting on the banks would make you realize how timid you are in front of mother nature. We sat there for about hours doing nothing, just watching the current, listening to the crackle of water feeling the mighty turbulence of water. The river was no less than a prodigy. Sitting there brimmed our souls with amusement yet we were scared to go near it since the flow was too aggressive.
So, here’s my journey to this small place, it is pure, it is raw, it is ancient and it is a 2 day destination.