Created 12-Jun-12
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Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time and has rich legacy with the past. In this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces and temples built by it's Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection. Orchha was founded in 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain Rudra Pratap who chose this stretch of land along Betwa river as an ideal site for his capital. Of the succeeding rulers, the most notable was Raja Bir Singh who built the exquisite Jehangir Mahal,( As a gift to the Mughal Emperor, who stayed in it for ONE DAY) a tiered palace crowned with graceful Chhatries. From here there is a spectacular view of the soaring temple spires and cenotaphs. Complementing the beautiful proportions of the exterior are interiors which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting. The Orchha rulers were vassals of the Mughal state but showed their independence through architecture,
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