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Orchha, India - medieval history well off the beaten path

Fifteen cenotaphs (17th and 18th centuries) to the Bundela Kings and members of their clan were right behind our tents; there are virtually no tourists in this small town of only 10000 people

Fifteen cenotaphs (17th and 18th centuries) to the Bundela Kings and members of their clan were right behind our tents; there are virtually no tourists in this small town of only 10000 people

There are cows wandering everywhere in Orchha and the other places we've visited; they aren't skittish because they are used to people and everyone treats them well

There are cows wandering everywhere in Orchha and the other places we've visited; they aren't skittish because they are used to people and everyone treats them well

The Raja Mahal (King’s Palace), abandoned in 1783, was built in the early part of 16th century; the interior of the palace is totally empty with no evidence of how it once looked

The Raja Mahal (King’s Palace), abandoned in 1783, was built in the early part of 16th century; the interior of the palace is totally empty with no evidence of how it once looked

I can't imagine visiting India solo; it is far too primitive and would be impossible to get around without being on a tour (at least the places we've visited)

I can't imagine visiting India solo; it is far too primitive and would be impossible to get around without being on a tour (at least the places we've visited)

Everyone seems to live in harmony where we have visited despite their religious differences (ignoring the constant horns on the roads); the culture has multiple generations living together and people traditionally have stayed close to their hometowns

Everyone seems to live in harmony where we have visited despite their religious differences (ignoring the constant horns on the roads); the culture has multiple generations living together and people traditionally have stayed close to their hometowns

We stayed in these large, air-conditioned tents right next to the cenotaphs; what may not be apparent is the fact that it is 107 degrees!

We stayed in these large, air-conditioned tents right next to the cenotaphs; what may not be apparent is the fact that it is 107 degrees!

A girl on our tour was walking back from the store when one of these langurs went straight up to her and stole her snacks!; a good Samaritan did retrieve her soda which I guess the langur couldn't open

A girl on our tour was walking back from the store when one of these langurs went straight up to her and stole her snacks!; a good Samaritan did retrieve her soda which I guess the langur couldn't open

We visited a local enterprise where discarded hosiery is turned into paper; the paper is sold throughout India for certificates and school uses

We visited a local enterprise where discarded hosiery is turned into paper; the paper is sold throughout India for certificates and school uses

From sign in city: Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages; the palaces and temples built by the Bundela rulers retain much of their pristine perfection (HA!)

From sign in city: Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages; the palaces and temples built by the Bundela rulers retain much of their pristine perfection (HA!)

The view of Orchha from the fort in black and white; the town definitely looks better from afar since up close it is poor, dirty and without anything to interest a tourist

The view of Orchha from the fort in black and white; the town definitely looks better from afar since up close it is poor, dirty and without anything to interest a tourist

There are just a couple of frescoes remaining in the Orchha Fort complex; our local guide went on and on and on about all of the Hindu gods represented but it was way too much information

There are just a couple of frescoes remaining in the Orchha Fort complex; our local guide went on and on and on about all of the Hindu gods represented but it was way too much information

The old buildings were attractive but are totally empty on the inside and are not being preserved; the government would need to pour a lot of money into Orchha to restore its historical buildings

The old buildings were attractive but are totally empty on the inside and are not being preserved; the government would need to pour a lot of money into Orchha to restore its historical buildings

This was originally the main entrance to the Jahangir Palace; the doors are made of teak which is grown in this area

This was originally the main entrance to the Jahangir Palace; the doors are made of teak which is grown in this area

This ceiling fresco was the only one left in the Raja Mahal; most members of the tour attended a Hindu puja ceremony one night but it was at 8pm so I skipped it

This ceiling fresco was the only one left in the Raja Mahal; most members of the tour attended a Hindu puja ceremony one night but it was at 8pm so I skipped it

This building was where the camels stayed while their owners visited the Orchha Fort complex; there were ruins of dozens of other buildings on the grounds but no idea what purpose they had

This building was where the camels stayed while their owners visited the Orchha Fort complex; there were ruins of dozens of other buildings on the grounds but no idea what purpose they had

Sheesh Mahal at the Orchha Fort has now been converted into a hotel but there was no evidence of anyone staying there; supposedly you can get a royal feeling staying in one of the suites here

Sheesh Mahal at the Orchha Fort has now been converted into a hotel but there was no evidence of anyone staying there; supposedly you can get a royal feeling staying in one of the suites here

We had a free day in Orchha where there was absolutely nothing to do; I was having bad pain problems and stomach issues (despite not eating the food) so I wasn't complaining

We had a free day in Orchha where there was absolutely nothing to do; I was having bad pain problems and stomach issues (despite not eating the food) so I wasn't complaining

Jahangir Mahal is a palace that was exclusively built by Bir Singh Deo in 1605 to humor the Mughal emperor Jahangir who was a guest of the Maharaja for one night only; just staying in Orchha for one night makes sense to me!

Jahangir Mahal is a palace that was exclusively built by Bir Singh Deo in 1605 to humor the Mughal emperor Jahangir who was a guest of the Maharaja for one night only; just staying in Orchha for one night makes sense to me!

Orchha lies on the Betwa River which is very low now since it's dry season (you can raft at certain times of year); during the monsoon season the bridge is underwater

Orchha lies on the Betwa River which is very low now since it's dry season (you can raft at certain times of year); during the monsoon season the bridge is underwater

It's too bad that there were no representations of how the Orchha Fort once looked; it's just a shell and we were left to envision how the rulers lived in the 16th and 17th centuries here

It's too bad that there were no representations of how the Orchha Fort once looked; it's just a shell and we were left to envision how the rulers lived in the 16th and 17th centuries here

Posted by VagabondCowboy 18:42

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