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Visitors to my gallery would now be well aware of the place which is one of India痴 best kept secret - Orchha. The very word "Orchha" means "hidden" and, verily, this small town stands for it. It is a hidden archaeological legacy of medieval India, it is a hidden 'throb' of romance and emotional rupture, it is a hidden face of history, a hidden treasure of spiritual tranquility, a hidden poetry written on stones! Those, having a feeling of being endowed with inner aesthetic sense, should make a visit to Orchha and experience its melodious lull and transcendence.

Orchha is believed to be founded in the 16th century by a Bundela Rajput chief named Rudra Pratap.

With the solemn row of pale brown weed-choked domes and spires, the riverside Chhattris or cenotaphs are Orchha's most melancholy ruins. These are temples constructed as memorials to illustrious Bundela kings. The banks of the Betwa river are dotted with 14 of these cenotaphs.

Indeed the Chhattris are best viewed from this bridge or from the boulders on the opposite bank, and during sunset, one can see their remarkable silhouettes against the setting sun & their reflections on the still waters of the Betwa.

Surprisingly, there are not many pictures of these magnificent chhatris at sunrise. I braced the slight morning chill & went upto the bridge, waiting for the sun to rise. And I was not disappointed. The rising sun bathed these pale brown chhatris with its first light, turning them into pure gold, as if to say "Good Morning Orchha". Locals come to the placid Betwa River for their morning dip & other activities. I was able to get one of them in the frame as well. Hope you値l like it.

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