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Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

Introduction:-
The principal town of the Bundelkhand region, Jhansi has been accorded a legendary status in Indian history on account of the heroic exploits of Lakshmibai, Rani of Jhansi. The walled city was founded by Raja Bir Singh Deo in 1613 AD. The Rani Mahal where the great martyr of the first Indian war of freedom once lived, is now a museum near the Jhansi Fort with a vast collection of exquisite sculptures of the period between the 9th and 12th century.

Jhansi at a Glance :-

Area

14 sq. km

Altitude

211 mts.

Season

October-March
STD 0517

Population

379,00

Language

Hindi and English


History :-
Jhansi city, situated between the rivers Pahunj and Betwa is a symbol of bravery, courage and self-respect.It is said that in ancient times Jhansi was a part of regions Chedi Rashtra, Jejak Bhukit, Jajhoti and Bundelkhand.Jhansi situated in 101km, south of Gwalior, is actually just across the border in Uttar pradesh, but for convenience we've included here. Although Jhansi has played a colorful role in indian history.Jhansi rose to prominence again in the 17th century under Raja Bir Singh Deo who was a close associate of Mughal emperor Jehangir. However its a greater claim to faim is its fiery queen Rani LaxmiBai, who led forces against the British in 1857 sacrificing her life to the cause of Indian independence.

Rani Laximibai better known as the queen of Jhansi, was one of the great nationalist heroines of pre-independence India.The retaliated in 1857 the year of "Mutiny" , by leading her personal bodyguard of five hundred Afgan-Pathan worriers to seize Jhansi fort.Three days of fierce hand-to-hand fighting ensued, in which five thousand soldiers were killed.with her son strapped tightly to her back, the Rani somehow managed to slip through the British net, and rejoin the main rebel army at Gwalior, where she rode to her death, dressed as a man, using her sword with both hands and holding the reins of her horse in her mouth.

Best Season :-
The best season to visit Jhansi is from October-March

Shopping :-
The main shopping area are Manik Chowk, Sadar Bazar and Sipra Bazar.