1/14/2008 to 1/16/2008 | India , Madhya Pradesh

Orchha

Today Orchha is a small sleepy little village but it was once the capital of a princely state during the 16th to late 18th centuries.   Decaying reminders of its grander past lie scattered around the village in the form of palaces, ruined havlies, temples, and cenotaph’s (monuments built on the sites of cremations) of the former rulers.  Today the villages business revolves around tourists (mostly the backpacker type) and pilgrims who flock here to visit the Ram Raja temple apparently the only one where the Hindu God Rama (incarnation of Vishnu) is worshipped as a king.  It’s a pleasant place to wander enjoying the rural landscape and decaying monuments, with the orange clad sadhus (Hindu holy men) decorate the temples and river bank.  There was also a major bathing festival occurring while I was there so more pilgrims than usual were in town to bath in the river.  It was an easy place to spend three days.

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