The abandoned city of Orchha
The atmospheric abandoned city of Orchha is set on an island on a bend in the Betwa River. Built in the early 16th century by the Bundela dynasty this little visited medieval complex boasts some splendid buildings, especially the Jahangir Mahal (below left), the Raj Mahal (or Royal Palace), which contains e selection of beautiful murals, some still in a remarkable condition, and the Lakshminarayan Temple, set on a rocky outcrop just west of Orchha village. Strung along the riverside are the evocative Chhatris, 14 cenotaphs built to commemorate the former rulers of the region. Below right: view from the terrace of the Amar Mahal, Orchha's top hotel, where we usually include lunch.