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Jhansi
 
Jhansi
 

Jhansi is a city of Uttar Pradesh state of northern India. Jhansi is a major road and rail junction, and is the administrative seat of Jhansi District and Jhansi Division. The original walled city grew up around its stone fort, which crowns a neighboring rock.

The National Highway Development Project, initiated by the government of Atal Behari Vajpayee, has sparked Jhansi's development. The North-South Corridor connecting Kashmir to Kanyakumari passes through Jhansi. The East-West corridor also goes through this city, so there has been a sudden rush to infrastructure and real estate development in the city. A greenfield airport is also on the Anvil.

Understand: Jhansi is known by the valiant queen, Rani Lakshmi Bai. It gained importance when it came under the rule of Marathas. When Bundela King Chhatrasal gave one-third of his kingdom to Peshwa Bajirao, Bajirao distributed it into his generals, since ruling this part in Bundelkhand from his capital Pune was not feasible. Thus, Jhansi came under the rule of Newalkars. During this period, the town got expanded and developed. The town was earlier known as Shankargarh. The capital of Bundelas was Orchha at that time. To strengthen the security of Orchha, the Bundela King was constructing a fort on a hill in Shankargarh. When he looked at the site of the new fort, from his palace in Orchha, he told his general that the place was looking like a jhain-si (blurred shadow), and Jhansi got its present name then.

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Fort of Jhansi : The fort of Jhansi was built in 1613, by Raja Bir Singh Judao (1606-27) of Orchha. This fort is built on a rocky hill and the city of Jhansi is around this fort. During the earlier days, Wall of the fort was all around Jhansi city. This Wall has ten gates. Some of these gates are still existing and some vanished with time. But Places around these gates are still identified with name of gates. Some of the gates are Khandero Gate, Datia darwaza, Unnao gate, Jharna Gate, Laxmi Gate, Sagar Gate, Orchha Gate, Sainyar Gate and Chand gate.

Rani Mahal : Rani Mahal or Queen's Palace was built by Raghunath II of Newalkar family (1769-96). Su-Tu 10AM-5PM. It is located in heart of city near to Jhansi fort. Rani mahal is decorated with multicolored paintings and art forms. At present Rani mahal is converted to museum with artefacts from 9th and 12th century AD. Best way to reach Rani Mahal is to take an Auto from Elite crossing to City.

Government Museum : The Government Museum is situated in a very picturesque location in the heart of the city. The surrounding area has some beautiful parks. At one side, is Deen Dayal Sabhagar(city auditorium). Nearby you can see Vrindavan Lal Verma park, Open-air theatre, Rani Lakshmi Bai Park and ofcourse, a magnificent view of Jhansi fort. There is 1857 Mutiny Memorial on the way to the fort. It is a small park where 1857 mutiny has been depicted with statues that are made by metal scrap! The museum has a rich collection of sculptures, paintings, documents, etc. from different eras. A must see attraction during your visit to Jhansi, it will acquaint you with the history of the region.

St Jude's Shrine : This shrine of great imortance among Catholic Christians. St. Jude's bone is buried in the foundation of the cathedral. Devotees come from as far as Goa, on the St Jude's feast day on October 28, every year. Feast day is marked by a week long fair and a procession on the last day of the fair. This fair attracts people of all the faiths and religions.

Orchha, is a town in Madhya Pradesh, it is 14 km/30 min from Jhansi city. Situated next to bank of river Betwa this town can be called a photographer's delight. It is full of Architectural ruins, a village and a small market. Places to see here are fort, Jehangir Mahal, Sheesh Mahal. A good place for stay and food is Orchha Resort and Sheesh Mahal.

Barua sagar : Baruasagar is around 24 km from Jhansi, It is a small town situated on the bank of Betwa river.Its has a large lake which is called Barua sagar tal. Places to see here are fort,Jarai-ka-Math, lake.It lies on Jhansi-Varanasi route and all the buses that oes to Khajuraho passes through this town.

Deogarh : Deogarh is 123 km from Jhansi, It is situated on the banks of Betwa river and is surrounded by thick forest.

Gwalior :A major city between Jhansi and Agra. Among tourist attractions are- Rani Lakshmi Bai's memorial, Jayavilas palace and museum (has a rich collection of artefacts from Scindhia clan), fort, Tansen's tomb, Phoolbagh, etc.

Khajuraho : (175 Km,) This is a temple city famous for its Chandela period temples with erotic human figures on the walls of temples. This small town has five star accommodation facilities along with standard and ordinary hotels. It is connected by air with Delhi, Agra and Varanasi(Banaras).

 
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