Palaces and Cooking Class
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This morning we enjoy a tour to Orchha’s magnificent Fort Palace complex, where we find three grandiose 17th century palaces. The Jehangir Mahal was built to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of medieval Islamic design.
Close by is the Raj Mahal, which is filled with a rich array of exquisite religious murals, whilst the palace of Raj Parveen Mahal is a beautiful 2-storey pavillion, dedicated to the beautiful love of Raja Indramani and built to match the height of the trees in the surrounding gardens of Ananad Mahal. This afternoon we t explore further at our leisure. The city is filled with regal 16th century temples that still echo to the sounds of thousands of devotees and the quiet, rural surroundings present some ideal opportunities to enjoy walking around the villages, soaking up the timeless ambience of this hypnotic setting.
I try my hand at a cooking class and discover something of the regions cottage industries visiting a charity that makes paper from Elephant poo!
We learn a little more about life in these traditional Indian villages. This evening there may be an opportunity to experience a traditional Puja ceremony at the main temple in Orchha, an essential part of any Hindu devotee’s act of reverence towards the divine.