JHANSI

Jhansi is a historic city of northern India, in the region of Bundelkhand on the banks of the Pahuj or Pushpavati River, in the extreme south of the state of Uttar Pradesh. This city is on the banks of the Betwa River. The original walled city grew up around its stone fort, which crowns a neighbouring rock. The ancient name of this historical city was Balwantnagar. From 1817 to 1854 Jhansi was the capital of the princely state of Jhansi which was ruled by Maratha rajas. It is about 415 kilometres from New Delhi and 292 kilometres from Lucknow, and is called the Gateway to Bundelkhand.


Jhansi is well connected to all other major towns in Uttar Pradesh by road and railway networks. The National Highways Development Project has supported development of Jhansi. Kashmir to Kanyakumari passes through Jhansi as does the East-West corridor; consequently there has been a sudden rush to infrastructure and real estate development in the city.


Places of Interest

Jhansi Fort

The early 17th century fort was made by Raja Bir Singh on top of a hill known as Bangara as an army stronghold. The Karak Bijli tank is within the fort. There is also a museum which has a collection of sculpture and provides an insight into the history of Bundelkhand.


Government Museum

In the Government Museum there are collections of weapons, statues, dresses and photographs that represent the Chandela dynasty and a picture gallery of the Gupta period. There are also terracottas, bronzes, manuscripts, paintings and coins. The museum is closed on Mondays and second Saturday of every month.


Rani Mahal

The Rani Mahal was the palace of Rani Lakshmi Bai and has now been converted into a museum. It houses a collection of archaeological remains of the period between the 9th and 12th centuries AD.


Other places of interest

Temples: Iskcon Temple, Laxmi Temple, Shri Kali Temple, Karguan Jain Temple, Gangadhar Rao-Ki-Chhatri (tomb), Laxmi Bai Park, Narayan Bagh, Jari Ka Math, Barua Sagar & Fort, Garhmau Lake.


Getting there

415 km from Delhi, 103 km from Gwalior.


Best time to Visit

October to March.