Riverside Rest

We were in need of a break.  A few days to pause and rest, ideally in a place with some space, greenery and please … a bit of quiet.  Ideals don’t always exist in India and the images that I create in my mind from reading travel guides do not always match the reality.  But on this occasion the description of Orchha fulfilled the hopes I had harboured.  A mediaeval city, with a magical tiered palace, soaring temple spires and grand sandstone cenotaphs.  A wide boulder strewn river, green fields and refeshingly clean air.  An India I had yearned for but feared did not exist.

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A 16th century palace over looks the Betwa River

A 16th century palace over looks the Betwa River.

The Maharani in the palace!

The Maharani in the palace!

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Cupolas and intricately carved sandstone jalis

Cupolas and intricately carved sandstone jalis

Temple ruins in the fields

Temple ruins in the fields

Early morning bathing on the ghats

Early morning bathing on the ghats

A Sadhu for morning Puja

A Sadhu for morning Puja

And a flute playing Baba

And a flute playing Baba

A sunrise walk through wheat fields with a glorious misty view of the temples

A sunrise walk through wheat fields with a glorious misty view of the temples

Followed by a chai from our chai wallah

Followed by a chai from our chai wallah

David has a riverside shave

David has a riverside shave

Walking up the river .....

Walking up the river …..

..... To a wild swimming spot!

….. To a wild swimming spot!

A beautiful, restful, restorative stay.

A beautiful, restful, restorative stay.

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