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Orchha A medieval town in Central India, where grandeur has been captured in stone & frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages. This is where time has stood still from the 16th century. Nestled along the Betwa River, Orchha houses an incredible complex of abandoned Palaces & Hindu temples.

A narrow road bridge, which can be seen running down the lower half of the frame, leads to Orchha over the Betwa. The road from the bridge, on the other side, goes right through the dense Tikamgarh Forest. This bridge provides a fantastic vantage point for photographers. But beware, without any railings on either side, bus or truck tyres would pass barely a couple of inches from your toes as one stands hanging on the very edge, even risking a fall to the river & boulders below.

The magnificent structure dominating the background, bathed in warm sunset colours, is Orchha's single most admired palace, the Jehangir Mahal, which was built by Bir Singh Deo as a monumental welcome present for the Mughal emperor Jehangir when he paid a state visit in the 17th century. The palace has been built using a blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture, symbolising the harmony in which the two rulers could reign. The bastions at the corners and the projections in the middle of each side are topped by domes.

On the bridge, a face of the smaller towns of India, which we still can witness at times...the day spent in collecting dead wood....the evening in burning it.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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