- The Orchha town of Madhya Pradesh has been included in UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage sites following a proposal sent by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
- Orchha is located in Niwari district of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated on the banks of the Betwa River.
- Orchha was built by King Rudra Pratap Singh of Bundela dynasty in the 16th century.
- The ancient town is famous for its Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha fort complex, Raja Mahal among others.
- Orchha is also famous for its two elevated minaret called Saavan and Bhadon. The town has four palaces — Jahangir Palace, Raj Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Rai Praveen Mahal.
- Further, it is also famous for its concept of open bungalows, stone work windows, animal statues depicting the culture of Bundelkhand. The Bundela architecture has Mughal influence since the two dynasties were very close.
- Orchha is also the only place in India where Lord Ram is worshipped as a king with a dedicated temple in his name called Sri Ram Raja Mandir.
- A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area which is selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, and is legally protected by international treaties. The sites are judged important to the collective interests of humanity.
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