Orchha founded in the 16th century by Bundela Rajput chief,Rudra Pratap,who chose this stretch of land along the river Betwa as an ideal site for his capital. This is a beautiful historical spot with its palaces, temples, forts, parks, cenotaphs etc. Its grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages. The fascinating temples, forts and palaces built here by the Bundela rulers in the 16th and the 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection. The word Orchha means ‘hidden’.
HISTORY Orchha is more associated with the Bundela dynasty which was founded in the 11th century by a Rajput prince. The Bundela ruler, Raja Rudra Pratap ruled the central part of India from 1531 to 1783 with having Orchha has their capital. But the Bundelas always had some problem with the Mughal rulers for in the year 1602, Bir Singh Deo of Bundela dynasty had some problem with Prince Jahangir, the son of Emperor Akbar.So Akbar with this his Mughal forces almost destroyed the entire region of the Bundelas.But however this environment was changed with the death of Akbar in 1605 and Emperor Jahangir and Bir Singh Deo maintained a cordial relationship with each other. Again in 1627 Bir Singh overthrew the authority of the state of the Mughals after Shahjahan became the Mughal Emperor. During this revolt the Bundelas were defeated by Aurangzeb the son of Shahjahan.After this defeat the Bundelas moved their capital to Tikamgarh in 1783.