The little town of Orchha that is famed for its architectural magnificence and tourist attractions basks prettily on the banks of the Betwa River. This nondescript town of Madhya Pradesh literally means ‘hidden’ and it rests in the Bundelkhand region bordered by the Betwa River.
A close look at the geographical facts about Orchha, a landlocked town reveals that it is primarily drained by the Betwa River. Also known as the Vetravati, the Betwa River originates from the mountains of North India and meanders through the plains to enter Madhya Pradesh from the west and flow through Orchha. A tributary of the Yamuna River, the confluence of the Betwa and the Yamuna Rivers takes place in the Hamirpur town, in the vicinity of Orchha.
The river also finds ample mention in the ancient epics like the Mahabharata. The Betwa River finds mention as the Shuktimati River in the mythological texts as the venerable river on whose banks the capital of the Chedi kingdom rested.