Bundelkhand Circuit : Excursions

Bundelkhand Circuit : Excursions

Excursions from Jhansi to Neighbouring State

There are many places worth seeing in the Bundelkhand region that falls in Madhya Pradesh. These include:


Picturesquely flanked by the river Betwa, Orchha lies just 18 km. off the Jhansi-Khajuraho road in M.P. A full day return journey can be planned for Orchha. the Raj Mahal, the Rai Parveen Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Ram Raja Temple, Chaturbhuj temple are engaging sites here.


34 km from Jhansi, Datia is an ancient town which finds mention in the Mahabharat as "Datiyavarka". The main : historical monument here is the seven storied palace of Raja Bir Singh Judeo, built atop a hill with a splendid view over a lake. A temple with Mughal style frescoes and the Gopeshwar temple are other attractions. Datia is also a pilgrimage spot for the devotees of Sidhhapeeth Shri Peetambara Devi.


Approximately 63 km. from Mahoba (in Madhya Pradesh), Khajuraho is known world-over for its rare gift to the world in the form of temples having the vibrant forces of life, love and joy depicted in pliant stone. The temples bear testimony to both the craftsman's artistry and the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela kings under whose rule they were conceived and constructed: These temples were erected over a period of 100 years from 950 A.D to 1050 A.D. Of the 85 original temples, 22 have; survived to date and constitute one of the world's greatest artistic wonders. Among the important temples are the Chausath Yogini temple, Matangeshwar temple, Varaha temple, Lakshman temple, Kandariya Mahadev temple, Vamana temple, Adinath temple, Chaturbhuj and Duladeo temples. The 116 feet high Kandariya Mahadev temple is the most magnificent of the whole group.


Chanderi is the home to the creators of the celebrated gossamer Chanderi Saris. Chanderi is also home to some of lecimens of Bundeli arechitecture. The Koshak Mahal, the Badal Mahal gate and the Jama Masjid are worth visiting monuments here.


24 km from Jhansi, on the route to Khajuraho, Baruasagar is a historic spot, named after the Baruasagar Tal, a large lake formed about 260 years ago. A fine old fort, built by Raja Udit Singh of Orchha, picturesquely situated on commands an excellent view of the lake and the surrounding landscape. The northeast of the lake are the ruins of two old Chandela temples. Also situated in the vicinity, is the Later Gupta period temple, Jarai-ka-math, which is dedicated to lord Shiva and Parvati and is lavishly ornamented with massive stone sculptures.

Ganesh Bagh

Located 11 Km from Chitrakoot, on the Karvi-Devangana road, near Bankein Siddhapur village, is Ganesh Bagh. Here an exquisitely carved Lord Shiva temple, ruins of a residential palace and a seven storied Baoli, built during the reign of the Peshwa Vinayak Rao, stand in mute testimony to the splendid forms of art and architecture that once flourished in this area.


66 km from Jhansi, Samthar was an independent principality under the great Guljar warriors of 17th and 18th century. The main attraction here is the grand Samthar Fort.

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