Jhansi’s greatest claim to fame is its fiery queen Rani Laxmibai, who led forces against the British in 1857 revolt , sacrificing her life to the cause of Indian independence. it is a convenient gateway to Orchha & Khajuraho. A new dimension has been added to this historic city with the introduction of the Jhansi Festival, held every year in February-March. It offers a fine opportunity to enjoy the arts, crafts and culture of the region.
What to see
Jhansi Fort: The 17th century fort was made by Raja Bir Singh on top of a hill 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.
Govt. Museum, Jhansi: Weapons, statues, dresses and photographs that represent the Chandela dynasty and a picture gallery of the Gupta period are the highlights. There are also terracottas, bronzes, manuscripts, paintings and coins. Closed on Mondays and second Sunday of every month.
Rani Mahal: The palace of Rani Laxmi Bai which has now been converted into a museum It also houses a collection of archaeological remains of the period between the 9th and 12th centuries A. D.
Air: Nearest airport is in Gwalior 98 km.
Rail: Jhansi is well connected by an excellent railway network to important Indian cities.
Road: Jhansi, on National Highways 25 and 26, is linked with Agra 221 km, Khajuraho 176 km, Datia 28 km, Shivpuri 100 km, Kaipi 142 km, Gorakhpur 563 km, Lucknow 297 km, Kanpur 220 km, Lalitpur 93 km, Delhi 414 km.
Area: 14 sq. km. Altitude: 211 mts STD Code: 0517
Barua Sagar ( 24 km) : This is where the Marathas fought the Bundelas in 1744. The place is named after the Barua Sagar Tal, a large lake created about 260 years ago When Raja Udit Singh of Orchha built the embankment. This fort, picturesquely located at a height, commands an excellent view of the lake and surrounding landscape. The town is situated on the road to Khajuraho.
Khajuraho ( 178 km): Site of the now world-famous temples built between 950 and 1050 AD by the Chandelas. Only 25 temples survive, but they are masterpieces of architecture. Dedicated to lord Shiva, these temples celebrate the human form and man’s spiritual and physical aspects.
Orchha (18 km): This 16th century city is located on the banks of the Betwa river. The many temples and palaces here are fine examples of Bundela architecture.
Parichha (25 km): A dam, built on the Betwa river. The area is rich in scenic beauty. The reservoir becomes the venue for water sports during the annual Jhansi festival.
Other interesting excursions include Matatila Dam, Samthar Fort, Charkhari and Talbehat.