Ever wanted to escape from the busy schedule, to a place full of tranquillity, away from the usual tourist crowd yet as magnificent as any other touristy city, a place which literally makes you travel back in time, where you get to listen to the stories, a lot of them, just by walking around, a place where you can just relax by the riverside or get lost among the numerous monuments, or dive into rich culture and tradition, and all of this without burning a hole in your wallet.
If you are a history enthusiast or a traveller looking for an off beat place just to relax, Orchha is the place to go. Once a capital of Bundelkhand, It has the charm which will make you crave to come again - monuments, temples, beautiful riverside, and some story associated with every corner of this beautiful village. Though Orchha falls in Madhya Pradesh, it is better accessible from Jhansi. (There's some interesting story behind why Jhansi is hanging like a peninsula from UP surrounded by MP)
First and foremost, my thumb rule before visiting any place is to find as much details as possible about the place. Before visiting Orchha, I would recommend reading about it's history and associated mythology. This will help you in two ways - you would no longer need a tour guide to know about the place and you'll have a clear picture of the places which you don't want to miss. I will try to focus this post more on helping plan the trip rather than telling the stories - they are many resources for that already.