Monday, May 31, 2010

Rai Praveen Mahal, Orchha

Orchha (State: Madhya Pradesh) has an imposing fort, dating back to the 16th century. The Fort Complex contains magnificent palaces of the Bundela kings presenting a matchless spectacle of those times.

One of such palace is Rai Praveen Mahal. This palace was built in honor of the ‘Nightingale of Orchha’, Rai Praveen. As per the legend when she had been to Emperor Akbar's court, she was lured by him to stay back in his court by denouncing her King of Orchha. But she returned back to Orchha without accepting the Emperor's offer.

Built in 1618 using circa by then Maharaja Indrajit Singh is a three-storeyed palace. The second floor is decorated with the poses and postures of Indian dance. A octagonal shaped lush garden, with shrubs and flowerbeds developed in many artistic shapes, surrounds the palace.

In the landscape beyond the palace various small temples and Betwa river can be seen.

44 comments:

Anya said...

I learn here the history from your country :-)
Thanks for that !!!
I wish I could see those poses and postures of Indian dance ;-)
(Next time maybe !!)

:)

RNSANE said...

Just beautiful, of course. There are so many special places in your country. The only problem is the great distances to travel between sites!

Sylvia K said...

Another marvelous and interesting post as always, Rajesh! Love your photo! Such a lovely place! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Carver said...

In addition to being an impressive fort the garden looks so beautiful and extensive surrounding the palace.

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a beautiful place and a wonderful garden. Wonderful photo!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: Neat photo of the fort from above.

Denise said...

You show us many magnificent structures in India. They are all so lovely. Thank you and thank you for stopping by my blog.

LV said...

I enjoyed seeing and hearing about some of the interesting things in your country. So glad you shared and visited my blog.

ewok1993 said...

Another interesting post. Have you taken count on how many of these historical places/forts/palaces in India you've visited?

Arija said...

Such a wonderful place, especially with the beautiful gardens as well.

magiceye said...

wow that is huge! and you really got a good place to shoot it from!

V Rakesh said...

Magnificent! Cannot describe with words!

sharmila said...

u have travelled whole India i guess ... beautiful pic. n nice info about Orccha !!

Mama Zen said...

What a gorgeous place!

Indrani said...

Beautiful capture of the palace.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

So much interesting history and culture!

LadyFi said...

Love that green and rolling landscape around the fort. Very pretty.

Hilary said...

What a wonderful perspective of a beautiful place.. amazing.

Wolynski said...

Wow, that's some impressive palace. Beautiful.

Jacob said...

Lovely and lush!

JM said...

What a view! Great shot!

sm said...

beautiful pic

Robin said...

Very imposing looking.

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SandyCarlson said...

Neat stuff. Thanks for taking me East!

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

a very interesting place y0u have s0 many beautiful place to explore!

Luna Miranda said...

impressive!

Elizabeth said...

Brought back memories from my trip to orchha :)

Regina said...

Great place!

jabblog said...

It is so green - beautiful! It would be lovely to see the Indian dance poses - so graceful.

Vaggelis said...

very interesting post too. so many things to learn

cai said...

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Have a good one!

veredit said...

Exactly how is an Indian fairy tale palace presents, thank you for this very interesting information.

La Dolce Vita said...

great blog! thanks for stopping by la dolce vita!!

Zuzana said...

I love that everything so green and luscious. I also love that one can gaze into the distance on your picture, that is rare.;)
xo

Spiderdama said...

Great palace and wonderful view!

Ann said...

It is great to see a lot of green. So beautiful.

Deepak Acharya said...

very fine view :)

Jeevan said...

Great view about the palace and beyond. Nice post :)

Rajesh said...

Rnsane: Thanks, there are so many things here to be seen and experienced one lifetime is not enough.

Anya, Carver, Sylvia, eileeninmd, Fishing Guy, Denise, LV, ewok1993, Deepak, Rakesh, Sharmila, Mama, Indrani, Phivos, Wolynski: Thanks for the appreciation.

Elizabeth: Thanks, I amglad I could refresh your visit to India.

LadyFi, Hilary, Jacob, JM, sm, Robin, Sandy, Coffeeveggie, Regina, Janice, Vaggelis, Veredit, Dolce, Zuzana, Spiderdama, Acharya, Luna, Jeevan, Ann: Thanks for the appreciation.

siromade08 said...

It's beautiful view of the photo, yuor country has hidden beauty of all the great sceneries. Thanks for sharing them...

life's journey said...

Oh so pretty...Happy MYM!

Life Moto said...

that's very classic place. i love this kind of scenery .

Life Moto

Manang Kim said...

That is a nice shot for the Fort. Is the Fort owned my one family? Happy Monday!


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Rajesh said...

siromade08, life's journey, lifr moto, Kim: Thanks for the appreciation.