the gateway to Bundelkand, was a stronghold of the Chandela kings
but lost its importance
after the eclipse of the dynasty in the 11th century. It rose
to prominence again in the 17th century under Raja Bir Singh Deo
who was a close associate of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. However
its great claim to fame is its fiery queen Rani Laxmibai who led
forces against the British in 1857 A.D. sacrificing her life to
the cause of Indian independence.
Area : 14 sq. km.
Season : August - March.
Clothing : Light Cottons (Summer).
Language : Hindi, Bundeli & English.
STD Code : 0517
Barua Sagar : It is 24km away from Jhansi, here the Marathas
had fought the Bundelas in 1744AD.
Parichha : It is 25km away from Jhansi, it is dam built
on the Betwa river. Its reservior idle for water sports.
Todi-Fatehpur : It has a fort covering an area of 5 acres
built on a hillock and surrounded by three massive stone walls.
: It is 66km away from Jhansi. Formerly called Samshergarh,
it was an independent principally under the great Gujar warriors
of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Parkash : This is near to the railway station . It's dilapidated
but welcoming ,and the rooms are reasonable with bath-room, air-con
Hotel Veerangana : This hotel is tourism department It
has dorm beds with air-con. Though a bit run-down, it's a large
place and has good restaurant.
Hotel Samrat : This is pretty good value hotel. The main
thing about this hotel is that the 24 hour's checkout.
Hotel Sita : It is the place to head if you like your creature
comforts. Rooms in this clean and well maintained three star all
have carpet, TV, phone, air cooler.
Hotel Raj Palace : It is modern place with air cooler rooms.
The hotel features '24 hours lighting services and Posh location.
Jhansi Hotel : It is located at Shastri Marg, cantonment
25 rooms, multicuisine, downtown 3 kms.
Holiday Restaurant : The restaurant deservedly popular
among the people moreover recommended for its food. It is near
to hotel Jhansi.
Nav Bharat : This restaurant runs a creditable second and
there are number of good ice-cream parlours here too.
Refreshment Room : This refreshment room is not just for
refreshment but it have an excellent value moreover, it is at
Once used by the Indian army, the fort was bulit in 1613 by Maharaja
Bir Singh Deo of Orchha. The British ceded the fort to the maharaja
of Scindia in 1858, but later exchanged it for Gwalior in 1866.
The excellent views from the ramparts. Watch out for the band
of aggressive monkeys by the temples here. Just below the walls
as you approach the fort is a bizarre blood-and-guts diorama of
the battle in which the rani of Jhansi died.
On the road leading up to the fort is the large but the largely
empty government museum. Its four galleries house an interesting
collection of prehistoric tools; terracottas dating from the 4th
century BC; and sculptures, costumes, and weapons from the Chandela
dynasty. Other places of interest are Laxmi Tal, Gangadhar Rao
ki Chhatri and Sri Kali Temple.
Rani Mahal : The former palace of Rani Lakshmibai, consisting
of arched chambers around an open courtyard, was built in the
18th century. In a famous incident at the palace, British troops
stormed the building through a rear stable and massacred 50 of
the rani's bodyguards. The palace is now a museum containing hundreds
of 9th to 12th century sculptures. The durbar hall on the 2nd
floor features an original painted wood-panelled ceiling.
Air : Nearest airport is Gwalior Airport 98 km.
Road : Jhansi, on National Highway No. 25 and 26, is linked
by a good network of roads. Some major road distances are:
of the City Distance
Agra : 221 km.
Khajuraho : 176 km.
Shivpuri : 100 km.
Lucknow : 297 km.
: 414 km.
Rail : Jhansi is well connected by an excellent railway
network. There are direct trains from hansi to Banglore, Lucknow,
Chennai, Pune and Varanasi.