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INFORMATION ABOUT JHANSI

The gateway to Bundelkhand, Jhansi is a city that is linked still with the legend of its fiery queen, Rani Laxmibai.

In the 1857 war against the British, she led her troops into battle, striking a blow for Indian independence and laying her life down for her cause. Jhansi is ideally located for various rewarding excursions in the area. Jhansi was a stronghold of the Chandela kings. Balwant Nagar was the name of this place.

JHANSI HISTORY

Jhansi was a stronghold of the Chandela kings. Balwant Nagar was the name of this place. But in 11th. century Jhansi lost its importance. In 17th. century under Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha Jhansi again rose to prominence. Raja Bir Singh Deo had good relations with the mughal emperor Jehangir. In 1613 Raja Bir Singh Deo constructed the Jhansi fort. He died in 1627. After his death his son Juhar Singh succeeded him.

JHANSI TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • Jhansi Fort : The fort of Maharani Jhansi has strategic importance since the earliest of times. It was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo (1606-27) of Orchha on a rocky hill called Bangra in the town of Balwantnagar (presently known as Jhansi). The fort has ten gates ( Darwaza) .Some of these are Khandero Gate, Datia Darwaza, Unnao gate, Jharna Gate, Laxmi Gate, Sagar Gate, Orcha Gate, Sainyar Gate, Chand gate. Among places of interest within the main fort area are the Karak Bijli Toup ( Tank), Rani Jhansi Garden, Shiv temple and a "Mazar" of Ghulam Gaus Khan, Moti Bai and Khuda Baksh . The Jhansi fort, a living testimony of ancient glamor and valour, also has a fine collection of sculptures which provide an excellent inside into the eventful history of Bundelkhand


  • Rani Mahal :Rani Mahal, Palace of Rani Lakshmi Bai embelished with multi colored art and painting on its walls and ceilings. Presently this palace is converted into a museum. It has a massive collection of Sculptures of the period between the 9th and 12th Centuries AD, housed here by the Archaeologral Survey of India.


  • U.P.Govt. Museum :The State Museum has a fine collection of terracotta, bronzes, Weapons, Sculptures, Manuscripts, Painting and Coins of Gold, Silver and Copper.


  • Maha Lakshmi Temple :Maha Lakshmi Temple an ancient temple devoted to Devi Mahalaxmi was built in 18th Century. This glorious temple is situated outside Laxmi "Darwaza" near Laxmi Tal.


  • Maharaja Gangadhar Rao ki Chathri :The Samadhi of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao is situated on the Laxmi Tal. After the death of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao in 1853 this ancient monument was built by his wife Maharani Laxmi Bai.


  • Ganesh Mandir :Ganesh Mandir, where the marriage ceremany of Maharani Laxmi Bai, the brave hero of 1857 Inedependence war, and Maharajai Gangadhar Rao was performed. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh.


  • Kaliji Temple


  • Murli Manohar Temple


  • Panchkuniya Temple


  • Jeevan Shah Ka Mazar


  • St.Jude's Shrine


  • Datia (M.P.) :Distance from Jhansi = 28 Km. (approx.) Datia, an ancient town, mention in the Mahabharat as "Daityavakra". It is a pilgrimage spot for devotees of Siddhapeeth Shri Peetambra Devi. The other places of interest are seven-storied palace of Raja Bir singh Ju Deo built atop a hill and the Gopeshwar Temple.


  • Shivpuri (M.P.) :Distance from Jhansi = 101 Km. (approx.) Shivpuri, the summer capital of the scindia rulers of Gwalior. It is famous for its forests, wild animals and natural surroundings. The place of interest are the Madhav National Park, Madhav Vilas Palace , George Castle and the Bhadaiya Kund.


  • Sonagiri (M.P.) :Distance from Jhansi = 45 Km. (approx.) Sonagiri, the sacred Jain hill. There are about 77 Jain temples build along the hills and its slopes. Among these the most beautiful is the one which is dedicated to Chatranatha, the 8th of the 24 Tirthankaras.


  • Baruasagar :Distance from Jhansi = 24 Km. (approx) on the route to Khajuraho. Baruasagar named after a large lake called Baruasagar Tal. This lake was created about 260 years ago when Raja Udit Singh of Orcha erected and embankment. A fort was built by him. The ruins of two old Chandela Temples, made of granite, are on the north-east of the lake. The older one is called Ghughua Math. Nearby is the later Gupta period temple called Jarai-Ka-Math. This is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati.


  • Paricha Dam :Distance from Jhansi = 25 Km. (approx.) on the Jhansi-Kanpur National Highway No.25 Paricha Dam is built on the river Betwa. Its reservoir - a placid stretch of water that runs to Notghat Bridge which is 34 Km. away. This is an ideal place not only for water sports but also for adventure seekers and picnickers. The whole area is rich in scenic beauty and holds the promise of an unforgettable holiday.


  • Todi Fathepur :The Todi Fathepur fort is built on a hillock. It covers an area of 5 acres and is surrounded by three massive stone walls. This fort is divided into four major parts known as Gusain Mahal, Ranwas, Rajgarh Palace and the Rang Mahal Palace.


  • Samthar :Distance from Jhansi = 66 Km. (approx.) Samthar which was formerly know as Samshergarh. Samthar was an independent principality under the great Gujar warriors. The independent state of Samthar was created by Chandrabhan Bar Gujar and his grand son Madan singh, Governors of the state of Datia.


  • Orcha (M.P.) :Distance from Jhansi = 18 Km. (approx.) Orcha, one of the ancient city situated on the bank of Betwa. This place is famous for Raja Ram Temple and various other historical monuments. Orcha was founded in 16th Century by the Bundela Chieftain, Rudra Pratap Singh. The main historical are the Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Rai Praveen Mahal, Laxmi Narayan Temple and the Chaturbhuj Temple.


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