Spending a day in Orchha, a hidden gem of Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, felt like walking down the memory lanes of a royal princely town of India. With every step I took on the streets of Orchha, I was transported into the life of kings and queens who lived in magnificent palaces surrounded by hills and dense woods, worshipped their gods in palace-style carved temples, strolled around beautiful floral gardens and left their last memories in unique styled cenotaphs on the banks of a river. Orchha, which literally means "hidden", is a quaint island town nestled on the banks of river Betwa in Madhya Pradesh.
Founded in 15th century by Rudra Pratap Singh, the kingdom of Orchha was ruled by him and his brothers after which it was captured by Akbar under the Mughal Empire. In 16th century, when Jahangir came to power in the Mughal Empire, he gifted the kingdom of Orchha to Vir Singh Bundela, as a token of his loyalty for helping the emperor in a fight against his enemies. Under the Bundela reign, Orchha flourished with its glorious monuments of unique Indo-Muslim architectural style resulting out of the cultural amalgamation of Rajput kingdom in Mughal era. The historic town of Orchha seems to be frozen in time since then, as it still retains its old charm with rich Indian heritage and natural beauty.
Namaste! I'm Medhavi Davda.
I travel to Evolve..
In Nature, I confide..
I find my calling in the Himalayas..
In the Oceans, I meditate..
A High-Altitude Trekker & PADI certified SCUBA Diver, I love exploring the heights and depths of the planet with my regular doses of mountains and oceans.
Discovering myself & life through nature, adventures, travels, sports and dance has been an addiction since my existence!
Quite fond of the natural & cultural diversity of India, I've travelled extensively in my own country before exploring international destinations.
I had left my 9+ yrs of career in Software Industry in a quest to make a living out of my passions. I packed my basics in my car (gave away the rest) and lived in different parts of Himachal Pradesh for 16 months. This invaluable time taught me to experience life from a broader perspective.
I'm currently living in Mumbai to work with an Adventure Travel company as a product manager for Scuba Diving. I continue living a minimalistic life.
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