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Good Evening Orchha - Act III Scene I
Good Evening Orchha - Act III Scene I (92)
Trip Date:2007-12-22 - 2007-12-27
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Countries visited:India
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Bundelkhand is a geographic region of central India. The region is divided between the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, with the larger portion lying in Madhya Pradesh.
A very dry area, the surface of the country is uneven and hilly. The name Bundelkhand originated from the Rajput clan - the Bundelas, whose origin is obscure, & who emerged into prominence in the 14th century.
Orchha, our first destination, means “hidden”, & is believed to be founded in the 16th century by a Bundela Rajput chief named Rudra Pratap. The beautiful stretch of Betwa river gave this place an added beauty and value as the capital of the Bundelas, the dynasty which gave India a number of worthy rulers the most notable among them being Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo.
Deogarh, near the town of Lalitpur, located about 140 km from Orchha (via Jhansi) along the old trade route to the Deccan, is of great antiquarian, epigraphical and archaeological importance and has figured in the history of the Guptas, the Gurjara - Pratiharas, the Gondas, the Muslim rulers of Delhi, of Kalpi & the Marathas.We were there, in the heart of rural Bundelkhand in quest of some little-known treasures.
Datia, is a small palace town founded by the Bundela chief Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo, is about 26km to the north of Jhansi, 44 Km from Orchha. Datia is a town of great historic significance. It is now known for its seven-storied fortress palace of Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo. This structure is a unique example of 17th century Bundela architecture. The palace houses some of the fine wall paintings of the Bundela school. The palace-fort is an exemplary combination of the Rajput and Mughal architecture.
Gwalior, our last stop is the bastion of the Scindias, was established in 8th century. This is a city where a rich cultural tradition has been interwoven into the fabric of modern life. A multitude of reigning dynasties, of the great Rajput clans of the Pratiharas, Kacchwahas and Tomars who have left indelible etchings of their rule in this city of palaces, temples and monuments. The ancient capital of Gwalior has made a successful transition into a modern Indian city, vibrant and bustling. The magnificent mementoes of a glorious past have been preserved with care, giving Gwalior an appeal unique and timeless.
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