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The Charming Town of Hansi

by Madhav Srinivasan 1952 days ago

Ancient monuments, a rich cultural heritage, and tales of the valor of kings of a bygone era add to the charm of this little town in Haryana. Hansi is a destination that historians and archeology buffs find extremely interesting.

The ancient town of Hansi is located in the Hisar district and is a popular place for enjoying a vacation trip in Haryana. At some point in its history, Hansi was bigger and more prosperous than Hisar. But the town soon went into decline. and today, Hansi is a rather sleepy place. However, its old forts, gateways and monuments stand testimony to the times when Hansi played a much more strategic and vibrant role in the affairs of the country.

Hansi: Things to See

The Five Gateways: There are five entry points to Hansi. These are the Delhi Gate, Hisar, Gosain Gate, Barsi and Umar Gate. They are located in the east, west, north west, south and south-west respectively. The gates are worth exploring, specially the Barsi Gate. It was built by Alauddin Khilji in the year 1304 to protect the town from invaders. The gate underwent renovation during the reign of Ibrahim Lodhi in 1522.

The Asigarh Fort: Hansi’s main fort sprawls over 30 acres. Historians believe that the fort was constructed by the valiant king Prithivraj Chauhan. Almost square in shape with four security towers, the entry gate of the fort is renowned for its carvings. While the fort is a must-see for archeologists, casual visitors should take up Hansi tours in North India to experience the tales and legends attached to it. 

One of the popular stories is that a sword exporting factory was set up inside the fort by King Ananagpal. This gave the fort its name – Asigarh. It is also believed that the famous entry gate was made by a rich Englishman, George Thomas who declared himself the king of the area, until the East India Company dislodged him.

Other Monuments: The Gujri Mahal is a tall structure with underground chambers. It was built by Firoz Shah Tughlaq as a tribute to his wife Gujari Rani. The king also constructed the famous Dargah Char Qutub in order to honor the memory of four famous Sufi saints.

How to Reach Hansi

Hansi is located 16 km from Hisar on National Highway 10. It is thus easily accessible by road from Delhi (160 km). In fact, there are several buses that run on the Delhi-Hansi route. Delhi is also the nearest airport and various tours from Delhi are available. Hansi also has a railway station but it has poor connectivity with just one train stopping at here.

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