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Intriguing legends around royal families are always infused with romance and grandeur and here in Orchha is our own Salim Anarkali story, although this is no tragedy. The romance between a courtesan of Orchha – Rai Praveen and the king of Bundelkhand Indrajit became lore in the poems of poet Keshav Das. An often heard tale narrates how the more powerful ruler Akbar wanted her in his harem against the wishes of the king. But the courtesan with all her wit spoke her way out of Akbar’s heart that he sent her back to Orchha safe. It is believed that she apparently thwarted the Mughal emperor by saying, “It’s only a royal servant or a dog or a crow, who would like to eat something that has already been polluted by another.” Touched by her loyalty towards her paramour, Akbar decided to restore Rai Parveen to Orchha with both her dignity and that of her kingdom intact. The palace was built by emperor Akbar, is now a fitting memorial to this lady.

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Rai Praveen Mahal is an exemplary citadel of wonderful architecture encompassed by nature’s beauty.  A lush garden, with shrubs and flowerbeds pruned in very many artistic shapes, surrounds the palace. Since the palace was built in honor of the ‘Nightingale of Orchha’, Rai Praveen, its second floor is resplendent with scenes of Nritya Mudra, the poses and postures of Indian dance.

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The fort also has a cannon foundry which kept a vigil round the clock, guarding against any exterior threat from the enemies of Orchha.

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The Rai Praveen Mahal is beautifully maintained for tourism purpose in Orchha. Palace’s exterior and interior both is truly commendable. Moreover, the tourists can enjoy the scenic beauty of the area surrounding the Palace from the roof as well as upper floors. Rai Praveen Mahal is a key monument of 16th Century, which also offers a visual treat of fascinating architecture and paintings to the visitors.  One of the edges of Rai Praveen Mahal also offers to gaze at the stunning view of River Betwa.

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If you are more fascinated by the historical monuments and the local versions around it, plan your next trip to Orchha with Amar Mahal!

Amar Mahal

Orchha, District Tikamgarh,

Madhya Pradesh – INDIA

Tel : +917680252102, 252202

Fax : +917680-252203

email : reservation@amarmahal.com

amarmahal@bsnl.in

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Orchha

Hello Dear Readers!

Here’s an exciting news to share with you all. We are excited to re-introduce our popular weekly concept called “Orchha Tales”.  Yes, Amar Mahal, the story teller once again brings to you the fresh, intriguing tales of Orchha in its Season 2 !

Orchha is a beautiful little town in Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, and “Orchha Tales ” in its Season 2 is yet another attempt to bring this quaint little town, its history and culture closer to the adventurous travelers.

Every week we will share a new story, feature or hidden treasure of Orchha on facebook, blog, Instagram and twitter that would sure instigate your travel foot to scratch and pack your bags to head to the magnificent town of Orchha!

Here’s our first creative of the “Orchha Tales” Season 2 !

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For more details and Reservation queries, Please Contact

Amar Mahal

Orchha, District Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh- INDIA

Tel:+917680252102,252202

email: reservation@amarmahal.com

 amarmahal@bsnl.in

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Traveling to Orchha region of Bundelkhand in Madhya Pradesh is an experience and it enhances even more when a trip with family is planned. Rarely would you find a destination that fairly has just about everything. Orchha gives enough reasons like adventure, leisure, recreation, history and culture to plan a family holiday. Each member of the family will find something of their interest and indeed there is so much in this hidden town that will help build a new interest itself. Here are 10 things that you can enjoy on a family vacation in a town as beautiful and historically rich as Orchha in Madhya Pradesh.

  1. Heritage Tour of Orchha Palace, Cenotaphs and Jahangir Mahal

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  2. River Rafting at Betwa

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  3. Cycle tour of the Countryside in Orchha

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  4. Wildlife /Bird Safari in Orchha Wildlife Sanctury

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  5. Shopping for famous local Dokra art in local bazaars

  6. Savor Delicious local cuisines of Bundelkhand

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  7. Dance with the locals on Diwali or Badhaai

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  8. Witness age old paintings at Raj Mahal, Rani Mahal and Saket Museum

  9. Visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple

  10. Witness the mesmerizing Aarti at Ram Raja Temple

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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

Hello Dear Readers!

Here’s a new thing to share with you all. We are excited to introduce a new concept called “Orchha Tales”.  Yes, Amar Mahal becomes a story teller for you!!

Orchha is a beautiful little town in Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, and “Orchha Tales” is an attempt to bring this quaint little town, its history and culture closer to the adventurous travelers.

Every week we will share a new story, feature or hidden treasure of Orchha on facebook, blog, Instagram and twitter that would sure instigate your travel foot to scratch and pack your bags to head to the magnificent town of Orchha!

Here’s our first creative of the “Orchha Tales”

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For more details and Reservation queries, Please Contact

Amar Mahal

Orchha, District Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh- INDIA

Tel:+917680252102,252202

email: reservation@amarmahal.com

 amarmahal@bsnl.in

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