The Orchha metropolis of Madhya Pradesh has been protected in the tentative listing of the World Heritage Sites of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The flow came after the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) despatched an offer to UNESCO on April 15, 2019.

Orchha Town

• Situated at the river Betwa, Orchha is placed in the Niwari district of the Bundelkhand area of Madhya Pradesh.

• The website is around 80 km away from Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh district and 15 km from Jhansi of Uttar Pradesh.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Orchha Town of Madhya Pradesh added to Tentative List 1

• The metropolis is celebrated for its rich and historical structure of Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha Fort Complex, and Raja Mahal.

• It is famous for its expanded minarets – Saavan and Bhadon; and 4 palaces – Jahangir Palace, Rai Praveen Mahal, Raja Mahal, and Sheesh Mahal.

• It represents the idea of open bungalows, animal statues depicting the subculture of Bundelkhand, and stonework home windows.

• The website houses ‘Sri Ram Raja Mandir.’ It is the best place in India wherein Lord Ram is worshipped as a King, not as a deity, with this dedicated time in his name.

Orchha: A connection between Bundela & Mughal dynasties

Built through the Bundela dynasty’s King Rudra Pratap Singh in the 16th century, the Orchha town boasts of Bundela architecture and Mughal impact because of the closeness of each the dynasties. Veer Singh Dev, King of the Bundela dynasty, become a close friend of Mughal emperor Jahangir. King Dev also fought wars as Mughal emperor Akbar’s useful resource.