Orchha – A Spiritual Journey

After a little bit of research, I made up my mind to take a short trip to Orchha, a small town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. I chose Orchha as it is within easy reach from Delhi, but the main factor was – my deep affection for ancient temples. Three days are enough to see the main attractions of this beautiful town, which lies on the Betwa River.

img_2352

Some of the must-visit places are – The Fort of Orchha, The Chaturbhuj Temple and Raja Ram Temple. While the fort was built by the Bundela Rajput chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, the temple was built by the Queen of Orchha Ganeshi Bai during the reign of Emperor Akbar. I was so fascinated by the fantabulous architecture of these structures that I spent many hours just gandering at them.

The Orchha Fort complex: The complex has many ancient monuments, including palaces and temple. The fort and other structures were built by the Bundela Rajputs.

img_2376

img_2393

img_2378

img_2340

img_2360

The Ram Raja Temple: Commonly known as the Orchha Temple, this place welcomes thousands of devotees everyday. img_2242

img_2243

img_2252

Chaturbhuj Temple: It is yet another masterpiece of Orccha. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this stunning temple has a multi-storied complex.

img_2250

img_2260

img_2331

img_2233

Cenotaphs: Situated on the bank of the Betwa river, Cenotaphs or Chhatris were constructed in the honor of its rulers. A total of 14 ‘Chhatris’ can be found here. Basically, these structures are empty tombs of past Orchha kings.

img_2494

img_2472

img_2467

img_2455

Things to remember: Orchha is a spiritual place, so it is advisable to wear modest clothes. Alcohol and meat eating is prohibited around the Raja Ram Mandir. Accommodation ranging from budget to luxury hotels are available. So one can easily book a room on spot. Considering that it is a small town, don’t expect any fancy nightlife.

img_2397

You can read more about Orchha here.

 

 

 

Beauty Of Fatehpur Sikri

Mughal architecture always leave me in awe. Be it Delhi’s Humayun’s Tomb or Agra’s world famous Taj Mahal, their unique and finesse design always propel me to visit India’s grandeur monuments.

img_7898

Following my visit to Taj Mahal, I decided to take a short visit to Fatehpur Sikri, which is full of marvelous historical places.

img_7895

Travelers from all over the world visit places like Diwan-I-Aam, Diwan-I-Khas, Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai’s Palace, Pachisi and Birbal Bhavan, which were built during Mughal emperor Akbar’s regime. Each one of them will take your breath away with its stunning and intricate designs.

img_7893

img_7899

img_7923

img_7936

img_7886

img_7882

img_7938

img_7960

img_7942

#uptourism  #heritagearc

Please explore  UP Tourism site for more information on Fatehpur Sikri.

As I always say, if you are visiting a historical place, read its history first. It will make your journey more memorable.

Carolinenthor Castle

IMG_9762Planning a trip to Brasov?

If yes, then make sure you do not miss visiting this Carolinenthor Castle, though not quite famous among travelers. Also you would hardly find detailed information about this place.

My friend drove me to this place and I found few other travellers also exploring the castle. There was only one guard who spoke to us in Romanian and my friend happily translated for me. My friend told me that many newly wedding couples visit this place only to get clicked along with the beautiful scenes of the Castle.

And coincidentally I saw one couple posing before their hired photographer happily.
It will take 20-25 minutes to visit the entire castle and to reach there you have to hire a taxi, which is quite cheap in Brasov.

IMG_9758

IMG_20150711_151937

IMG_9761

IMG_9760.JPG

IMG_9759

IMG_9755

IMG_9711

IMG_9700

IMG_9751

 

IMG_9738

IMG_9753

IMG_9744

IMG_9740

IMG_9749

Will you visit this place ?