Jhansi: The introduction
Jhansi is one of the most beautiful metropolis city located within the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Actually the city is synonymous with the name of Rani Lakshmi Bai also known as Rani Jhansi. It lies in the area of Bundelkhand at the banks of the Pahuj River, in the acute south of Uttar Pradesh. Also called the Gateway to Bundelkhand, Jhansi is situated among the rivers Pahuj and Betwa at an average elevation of 285 meters. It is about 415 kilometers from the capital New Delhi and ninety nine kilometers south of Gwalior.
The ancient name of Jhansi was Balwant nagar, a city of bravery, courage and self-respect. From 1817 to 1854, Jhansi changed into the capital of the princely nation of Jhansi which was led by Chandela kings. The nation become annexed by the British Governor General in 1854; Damodar Rao’s claim to the throne become rejected but Rani Lakshmibai ruled it from June 1857 to June 1858. Here are some of the top destinations of Jhansi which you should definitely not miss out!
Top Destinations of Jhansi
The Jhansi Fort is situated at the peak of Bagira, in Uttar Pradesh. It is a 17th-century old monument that has undergone royal construction followed by mass destruction in the first War of Independence against the East India Company. It is divided by 4 walls like Baradari with an innovative architecture, Kal Kothari or a jail for the prisoners, Ganesha and Shiva temples and a museum that holds witness of remnants of the Chandela dynasty, mostly their weapons, clothes and paintings. There is also a war memorial paying tribute to martyrs, and the Rani Lakshmi Bai ground built in the memories of her crucial role in India’s freedom struggle.
Rani Mahal is one of the most famous spot in Jhansi. It is located almost about 103 kilometers from Gwalior. It was built in the 18th century and was once the called the home of the legendary queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmi Bai. Rani Mahal has witnessed the Sepoy Mutiny during 1857. Sadly, most parts of this Mahal were destroyed during the Indian Rebellion movement. However, after it was renovated into a museum with artefacts from the 9th century and since then it is a great vacay spot!
Rani Lakshmi Bai Park
Rani Lakshmi Bai Park is located in the foothills of the Jhansi Fort and is further connected to the Maithili Sharan Gupta Park. A magnificent bronze statue of Rani Lakshmi Bai riding her horse lies amidst the park with Great Spirit, her sword raised and her adopted son Anand Rao, sitting behind her gives one goosebumps from the past.
It is one of the most famous and mysterious temple of Jhansi. In the complex there is another temple of Ma Dhumavati which opens only on Saturday and entries of women is not permitted. This temple is located on main Jhansi Gwalior National Highway and located about 30Km from Jhansi. The Godess is so popular in the locality that a very large no of business establishments are named as Ma PITAMBARA or PITAMBARA in local vicinities or in entire Bundelkhand.
Cenotaph of Raja Gangadhar Rao
The Cenotaph of King Gangadhar Rao, was built in 1853 after his death by Rani Lakshmibai. Raja Gangadhar Rao ki Chhatri is situated close by Mahalakshmi temple behind the Lakshmi Lake of Jhansi. Legend has it that Rani Lakshmibai used to visit the place every day in the memory of her late husband. It is located at a distance of 2 km from the Jhansi Kila. The cenotaph of Raja Gangadhar stands tall amidst the lush green ground, a beautiful pond and an exotic architectural designs! The cenotaph stands in the center of tall walls carved from each side just like the 18th century architectural designs. The best time to visit this place is from October to March.
Barua Sagar is a modest town situated in the Bundelkhand area of Jhansi. It is named after Barua Sagar Tal, a beautiful nearby lake with a great historical importance! Not just the lake, Barua Sagar is home to several decay of castles and chapels that once were considered the honour of Jhansi. With incredible sightings to the standpoint of its hilly aromatic aura, Barua Sagar is definitely one of the most perfect spot for trekking adventure!