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A hidden wonder and undeniably a quintessence of India’s rich heritage – Orchha is a petite town squeezed between Uttar Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh. Founded in 1531 as the capital of the kingdom of Bundhelkhand by Raja Rudra Pratap Singh, Orchha is a mere 40 min (16 km) drive from the Jhansi railway station. If you are staying in the only posh hotel of the town – Amar Mahal, Orchha, be prepared to feel cocooned in the charisma of the larger than life cenotaphs mounting over the tranquil small town, giving perfect company to the cloudy sky and shining sun.

Early in the morning, the breeze greets you with soft chirping of birds and a light orange sky embracing the carefree bathers, revellers & cattle ambling around freely by the Ghats of Betwa river, situated barely half a kilometre away from Amar Mahal.

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Grouped along the Kanchana ghat of Betwa, stand the fifteen mesmerizing ‘Chattris’ aka cenotaphs or memorials to the Bundela kings and members of their clan of Orchha. Dating back to the 17th & 18th century, these cenotaphs speak of the valiant stories of those dead kings to which they are dedicated and whose memories stay etched in these colossal structures. But, here is a twist which makes them different from other architectural beauties. While admiring them, you will notice a few things like the varying size of all the cenotaphs. Ever wondered why the cenotaphs have been built in different sizes i.e. some small and some a little or lot larger? The reason behind this is that each cenotaph’s size symbolizes the time period for which the respective remembered king ruled.

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These include the cenotaphs of Madhukar Shah, Bir Singh Deo, Jaswant Singh, Udait Singh, Pahar Singh & others. Rather than employing the domed chhatri format of many Rajput funerary structures the Bundela cenotaphs incorporate aspects of temple architecture, including tall shikharas.

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Amidst this group of cubical structures with temple like spires, there is one cenotaph which is clearly the black sheep. It is Bir Singh’s cenotaph which alone stands as an epitome of Mughal architecture, but why ?  There is a little interesting tale behind it 😉

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Once upon a time Prince Salim was fleeing Agra after having rebelled against his father, the all powerful Mughal emperor, Akbar. Akbar sent his right hand man, Abul Fazl to capture the Prince. They passed through the kingdom of Bundelas. The Bundela chieftain, Bir Singh Deo came to Salim’s aid and assassinated Abul Fazl in a plot contrived by Salim. Prince Salim eventually reconciled with his father and returned to Agra. Bir Singh Deo’s favour was not forgotten and he was showered with Mughal patronage after his death.

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In case you are thinking that this is it, let us tell you that when in Orchha, a name which itself means ‘hidden’, there is more that what meets the eye. When you walk on the road between two cenotaphs on your right, there is a door on your left, which leads to a place that you could only have seen in fairy tales before. Hence, it comes at a small cost i.e. a ticket to go inside. Long verdant gardens with tall beautiful flowers surround you with the cenotaphs soaring high and looking like a group of castles with the giant vultures adding a spooky twist to them.

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Visit Orchha and get enchanted by the cenotaphs to relive and delve in those mysterious historic tales that you read and imagined as a child in school.

Feel the evocative fragrance of the glorious Bundela era!

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Located in a zero polluted area, Amar Mahal ensures a panoramic view of the monuments, surrounding hills and wildlife sanctuary. Completely away from the city crowd, the strategic location of Amar Mahal ensures a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday in the lap of nature and heritage. Enjoy the relaxing ambiances of resplendent rooms along with breathtaking view of sunset and sunrise from the lawns and the terrace.

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A perfect gateway to experience the historical and natural splendour of Orchha which are less than a kilometer away from the hotel.
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A visit to Amar Mahal is like a tryst with history. Admire the majestic Bundela paintings in the Mahal, collect some exquisite pieces of art from our souvenir shop and relax in the exquisite rooms furnished with plush amenities . Nevertheless, Amar Mahal in all senses is the perfect base to enjoy the heritage of Orchha from the lap of luxury filled nature and culture.

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Call for reservations:

Amar Mahal
Orchha, District Tikamgarh,
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA
Tel : + 917680252102, 252202
Fax : +917680-252203

 

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Monsoon is here in its full glory! Let us add some spark to this special weekend of monsoon by taking you to a resplendent destination, where beautiful lush greenery blends with ancient regal comforts and heritage sceneries. Hike on a blissful and adventurous weekend break in Orchha and discover the secrets of this beautiful hamlet in Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. Plan a comfortable and regal stay at Amar Mahal Orchha, one of the best regal hotels in Orchha.

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Orchha is a fabulous destination to enjoy the monsoon shower near brimming river Betwa, rafting in its charging currents, watching mammoth size cenotaphs and popular temples like CHaturbhuj Temple, Raja Ram Temple and Laxmi Narayan Temple etc. with family and friends. And believe us; visiting Orchha during monsoon has its own benefits with lush greenery and sanctifying weather.

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At this time of the year, the famous river rafting expedition, bird watching and heritage walk of the town takes on a unique and enjoyable journey back in time and nature. All you need to do is pack your bags and come down to Orchha to savor the nature in all its glory.

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A religious procession crossing the bridge over River Betwa

A religious procession crossing the bridge over River Betwa

If you fancy a stay in Royal residence of an erstwhile Maharaja, then Amar Mahal Orchha is an absolutely delighting stay for you with regal ambiances, vintage furnishing and luxurious hospitality. Surrounded with a magical natural beauty, the Palace is a nature lovers’ paradise.

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Step into the paradise of warm hospitality and make the most of your monsoon gateway by enjoying this weekend at lavish Amar Mahal in Orchha!

 

Amar Mahal
Orchha, District Tikamgarh,
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA
Tel :+ 917680252102, 252202
Fax : +917680-252203

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Fresh monsoon air, spectacular views of the mammoth cenotaphs, long nature walks and warm hospitality—Amar Mahal in Orchha, the medieval town of Bundelkhand in Madhya Pradesh India has just the right amount of ambience for a laidback vacation amid historical marvels. Miles away from the chaos of the city, this royal vacation home offers a luxurious getaway in the lap of nature and heritage of Bundela kings of India.

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Perfumed with the subtly pleasing aroma of greens, Amar Mahal ensures a perfect monsoon vacations. Nestled amidst the gardens and beauteous surroundings, the hotel is designed to help you forget the chaos of city life—here the only sounds you will hear are the chirping of birds and the hymns from temples.

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Come for a monsoon retreat and leave with refreshing memories of the season in #Orchha!

 

To visit the incredible town of Orchha you can contact us at

 

Amar Mahal
Orchha, District Tikamgarh,
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA
Tel : + 917680252102, 252202
Fax : +917680-252203

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Legends and stories are many and Orchha is one such land which is full of captivating tales; sometimes hard to believe. Palaces to cenotaphs each brick and wall has some tale to narrate and amaze the tourists in the magnificent medieval town. One of the most fascinating tales is that of Dinman Hardaul. The melancholy yellow palace which is now transformed into a buzzing shopping arcade was once the residence of erstwhile king Jujjhar’s brother-Dinman Hardaul. Right beside the palace is a small temple with the idol of Hardaul who is worshiped by the locals and believed to be very much alive.

 

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Hardaul, the popular prince was resented by Jhujjar who further suspected his wife of having an illicit relationship with him. Due to a rumour fuelled by Emperor Shah Jahan, Jhujjar asked his wife to poison Hardaul to prove her innocence and Hardol without hesitation consumed it to die. Another story reveals, at the time of Jujjhar’s niece’s wedding, his sister asked for the king’s help; who sarcastically asked her to seek the dead Hardaul. The dead prince is believed to attend the wedding and served the guests as well. The locals still exclaim that even today Hardaul attends weddings when invited to grant his blessings. A stack of numerous wedding cards can be seen lying on the doors of his temple.

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Believe it or not, take it as a myth or one of the many legends of Orchha, but a dead prince still lives in the hearts of the people of Orchha.

To visit the incredible town of Orchha you can contact us at

 

Amar Mahal
Orchha, District Tikamgarh,
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA
Tel : + 917680252102, 252202
Fax : +917680-252203

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Orchha is a beautiful town which is still untouched by the tourist populace.  It is a beautiful medieval town that can be discovered mostly on foot. The most amazing thing about this town is that it exists marvellously cocooned by the huge palaces and temples. Wherever you cast your eyes, you will be mesmerized to see the beautiful chhatris(cenotaphs), which are typical of the local architecture, creating a beautiful skyline, making it picture perfect.

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Orchha is lush with environmental freshness, incredible palaces, fort, temples, cenotaphs, shimmering Betwa River, wildlife and interesting stories. The old architecture looks like burnt , as if the heat of India’s central plains left its marks on the buildings.

River Betwa and Cenotaphs

The most visited places in Orchha are Raj Mahal and Jahangir Mahal. The cenotaphs on the banks of River Betwa are the built in the memory Bundela kings and their families. Orchha is the only place where you would find cenotaphs of Hindu kings; typically built in the variation of tombs.

If you are a history buff and admire beauty of  picturesque locations, riverside, nature and royal hospitality then you must pay a visit to Orchha and stay at Amar Mahal!

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For Bookings and reservations you can contact us at

 

Amar Mahal
Orchha, District Tikamgarh,
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA
Tel : + 917680252102, 252202
Fax : +917680-252203

 

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Myths and legends about anything are intriguing and exciting. They bring curiosity and a special charm to any destination. Today when we are suspicious about anything we hear, these myths and legends act as a magical ice breaker. They totally present a different dimension to the old rocks and cenotaphs we come across on our heritage tour and destination holidays. Interestingly these legends are etched into people’s mind for generations.

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Orchha is the land full of stories and legends. Palaces to cenotaphs each brick and wall has some tale to narrate and amaze the tourists in the magnificent medieval town. One of the most fascinating tales is that of Dinman Hardaul. The melancholy yellow palace which is now transformed into a buzzing shopping arcade was once the residence of erstwhile king Jujjhar’s brother-Dinman Hardaul. Right beside the palace is a small temple with the idol of Hardaul who is worshiped by the locals and believed to be very much alive.

dinman-hardaul-s-palace

Hardaul, the popular prince was resented by Jhujjar who further suspected his wife of having an illicit relationship with him. Due to a rumour fuelled by Emperor Shah Jahan, Jhujjar asked his wife to poison Hardaul to prove her innocence and Hardol without hesitation consumed it to die. Another story reveals, at the time of Jujjhar’s niece’s wedding, his sister asked for the king’s help; who sarcastically asked her to seek the dead Hardaul. The dead prince is believed to attend the wedding and served the guests as well. The locals still exclaim that even today Hardaul attends weddings when invited to grant his blessings. A stack of numerous wedding cards can be seen lying on the doors of his temple.

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Believe it or not, take it as a myth or one of the many legends of Orchha, but a dead prince still lives in the hearts of the people of Orchha.

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