Jhansi is a big city in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The
North-South corridor from Kashmir to Kanyakumari passes through this city and
also the East-West corridor. It lies in the middle of our country. It is
remembered for its famous “Jhansi ki Rani”, the brave woman warrior who fought
during the British rule. This city is situated on the bank of the River Betwa.
Infrastructural development is at the peak currently in this city.
Places to see:
Rani Mahal: Once
belonging to Rani Lakshmi Bai, this fort is now converted into a museum which
exhibits some of the most exquisite paintings, some of which date back to the 9th
and 12th century. It is a double storeyed palace but only some of it
remains to this day owing to British demolition. It consists of arched chambers
and open corridors. Durbar Hall in the 2nd floor is worth a visit.
Jhansi Fort: This
fort was built by Raja Bir Singh Deo in the year 1613. This fort provides a
complete view of the city and the plains and hence, its position is considered
to be one of the best. It has 4 entrances and 10 gates and is spread over a
wide area of 15 acres. The fort consists of other smaller constructions inside
its boundaries. Some of them are- Ganesh Mandir, Baradari, Bhawani Shankar,
Shahar Darwaza, Grave of Gulam Gaus Khan, Siva temple, Kal Kothari and Panch
Maha Lakshmi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Maa Maha Lakshmi,
the Hindu Goddess of good fortune and wealth. Hordes of people gather on the
eve of Lakshmi Puja and Diwali.
Rao ki Chhatri: This amazing cenotaph is dedicated to the erstwhile King of
Jhansi Maharaj Gangadhar Rao. Rani Lakshmi Bai built this in fond memory of her
loving husband. This structure is a symbol of love and affection. It reflects
the brilliance of the architecture of the nineteenth century.
Barua Sagar: It
derives its name from the famous Barua Sagar Tal. This place is situated on the
bank of Betwa and provides excellent views. Close to it is the famous fort of
Bundelkhand. Though almost in ruins, it still manages to attract a lot of
visitors. This place also holds the shrine of Durga. The temple is called
Ganesh Mandir: This
temple id dedicated to Lord Ganesh. The temple depicts a smaller version of the
Government Museum: This
is one of the best places to be visited in Jhansi. The museum holds a vast
collection of artifacts belonging to the Chandela rulers. It has abundant
paintings, manuscripts, weapons, vessels, coins in gold, silver and copper.
Saint Jude’s Shrine: This
is believed to be the first church in the name of St. Jude. It derives it
architecture from both the Christians and Hindus. The feast is celebrated on
October 27th, every year. Three daily masses occur every Sunday.
How to reach:
By air: Jhansi
has currently no airport of its own.
By rail: It is
one of the biggest junctions and is well connected to the rest of the country
By road: Jhansi
is well connected to other cities by bus.