Amazing Orchha, Panna Tiger Reserve and Sanchi

The final part of Madhya Pradesh had 3 lovely places, Orchha, Panna Tiger Reserve and the beautiful Sanchi stupa..

Orchha was too good of a place with a tall Chaturbhuj temple and the great Cenatops on the betwa river.. We did a whole day safari in Panna tiger reserve and saw Leopard, Bear, Jackals, Crocodiles, Blue bulls and loads of birdlife.. We also did a small trek to the amazing Pandav falls where river Ken forms a creek and caves near to a waterfall..
Last day we visited the Sanchi Stupa which is a Buddist landmark of Stupas...

The beautiful Pandav Falls and caves

Orchha (or Urchha) is a town in Niwari district of Madhya Pradesh state, India. The town was established by Rudra Pratap Singh some time after 1501, as the seat of an eponymous former princely state of covering parts of central & north India, in the Bundelkhand region.Orchha lies on the Betwa River, 80 km from Tikamgarh & 15 km from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh.

River Betwa on a lovely Sunrise morning

The Orchha Fort Complex

Chaturbhuj Temple at Orchha, is noted for having one of the tallest Vimana among Hindu temples standing at 344 feet.

The River Ken of Panna Tiger Reserve

Orchha was founded in 1531 (the 16th century AD)by the Bundela Rajput chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, who became the first King of Orchha, (r. 1501-1531) and also built the Fort of Orchha .The Chaturbhuj Temple was built during the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar, by the queen of Orchha, Ganesh Kunwar while Raj Mandir was built by 'Raja Madhukar Shah' during his reign, 1554 to 1591.

Numerous cenotaphs or chhatris dot the vicinity of the fort and the Betwa river. Elsewhere about the town there is an unusual variety of temples and tombs, including the Chaturbhuj temple, which is built on a vast platform of stone.The more unguarded and neglected of these buildings are popular hangouts for tropical bees, wasps, and other such excitable stinging creatures.

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