Want to see a blend of the cultural and the modern face of India? Visit Jhansi to feel the reminiscence of the great Indian and British architecture
Jhansi city is known more for the brave Queen Rani Lakshmi Bai than its significance in the role of the place in the evolution of India through the ages. The queen was the face of modern India and the first empowered woman to lead a kingdom. She led the group of rebels from Jhansi, the kingdom she was ruling during India’s first freedom struggle ‘the revolt of 1857’. Though the brave queen lost her life at the battle against British in 1858 in Gwalior, her legacy lives on today giving her kingdom the rich heritage and making it the epitome of women empowerment in India. The city is one of the most historic in India. It is a typical blend of the modern and cultural face of India. Jhansi is located in the southern part of Uttar Pradesh, North India. The name Jhansi means ‘unclear shadow’, the name came from the shadow of the fort of the Rajput kings.
A trip to Jhansi can take three whole days. The first thing to see is the majestic Jhansi fort which is the reason why Jhansi came into existence. Spend the entire first day taking in the various facets of this fort and walk around, basking in its deep history. The fort is spread over 15acres and is built on a hill called Bhangra. The fort was built in 1613 by Raja Bir Singh. The fort still has the Shiva temple and the Ganesh temple at the entrance of the main gate. The cannons used in the Revolts of 1857 still stand strong today. The fort has ten main entrances of which six of them are still intact even today. At little distance away from the Jhansi Fort is the Rani Mahal which was another palace and it is now converted into museum with all the artifacts from the 12th century.
Other places to see
Spend the entire second visiting all the other places to see in Jhansi. Jhansi is famous for St. Jude’s church which has the bones of the patron saint St. Jude. At a distance of 15 kilometers from Jhansi is the ancient town of Orchha which is famous for its archaeological ruins. Visiting all these places at leisure would take two whole days. On the third day, tourists must catch a bus for the 170 km journey to Khajuraho. Khajuraho is famous for its erotic sculptures extensively carved on the walls of the temple. This is strictly not for kids. The most famous souvenir to get from Jhansi is the sculpture of the Queen on a horseback with a sword. Also there a lot of heritage shops to hang around. The best months to visit Jhansi are during February-March.
There are many hotels in and around Jhansi and practically every budget. Room rates start from 1200 INR and can go up to 15000 INR per day. Hotels also provide luxury cars for the tourists’ services on demand. During the months of December and January winters can get pretty harsh, winter clothes are a must. Getting around the city would be much of a problem as the city has a very clear and tourist friendly transportation system. Buses are a good way to get around and explore the city. Jhansi is located closely to the major cities of UP, Gwalior, Kanpur and Allahabad. The nearest airport is at Gwalior, 100 kilometers away. Also Jhansi is well connected to Delhi by train. The journey barely takes 5 hours.
A 3 day trip to Jhansi for a couple would cost about 9000 INR including hotel stay, food, transportation and a trip to Khajuraho. If history interests you Jhansi is the next place you should be heading to!
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