on August 30, 2000
Orchha contains three palaces, each built by succeeding Maharadjas, surrounded with many temples. You can enter the medieval fort palace, the Raj Mahal. The palace has plain outer walls, surmounted by chhattris (umbrella shaped dome or pavillion). Through the many hidden staircases you can climb up to the top. The view across the palaces with their chhattris and ornamented battlements, elevated above the surrounding wooded countryside, is enchanting. Orchha is a largely untouched island in peace and calm. All around, the forest is encroaching on the numerous tombs and monuments. The royal chambers of this palace have some fine murals from Hindu mythology on ceilings and walls which are strong and vivid. The Raj Mahal is amazingly beautiful. You can make a reservation in the Sheesh Mahal inside the fort. Ask for a table on the rooftop terrace. It will be arranged. Spend the rest of the afternoon walking around in the beautiful countryside, hunting for souvenirs and having a rest in the shadow of a ruined temple.
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