Photographer's Note

Orchha – 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 centre 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 for views like this. Buses full of passengers, quite often even sitting on its roof, cross this bridge and if you happen to be standing in the middle of the bridge (as I was once), the bus tyres 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.

This picture was taken at sundown. The magnificent structures seen in the far background, bathed in warm sunset colours, are Orchha's two palaces, the Raja Mahal on the left (next to the bus), built by Madhukar Shah in the 16th century & Jehangir Mahal on the right, built by Bir Singh Deo in the 17th century.

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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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