You may have heard of Jhansi because of her famous freedom fighter, Rani of Jhansi, but this historic, cultural city has still more to offer. The city is situated between the Rivers Pahuj and Betwa, and its fertile soil has contributed to the agricultural bounty of citrus fruits, wheat, and pulses
Ancient structures and forts dot the city, rich with remnants of a bygone era. Patches of lush greenery are interspersed with historical monuments, along with the small, sturdy homes of the locals. Aerial views of the city are just as impressive and history buffs with nostalgia for the past may be gripped by the urge to climb onto a horse and ride through the town!Jhansi was the capital of Jhansi, the princely state that was a part of the Maratha kingdom. The city was established around a fort built by Raja Bir Singh. This stone fort protected the city for decades, and still continues to be its most important landmark and a source of pride. Jhansi played an important role in the first uprising against the British, when Rani Laxmi Bai led her troops against them, becoming a role model in history. The monuments and palace built for her or in her honor still stand tall today, making Jhansi a great place to visit, whether you are filled with a patriotic fervor or have a passion for history.The grand and imposing Jhansi Fort should definitely be your first stop in the city. The entire structure was built in the 17th century. The fortifications were built of stone and within its imposing walls visitors will be greeted with Karak Bijli water tank, yet another site to see. Situated on a hilltop at Bangara, the fort also houses a museum, with a number of sculptures and artworks that take you through the region’s history.The Government Museum of Jhansi is another must visit, when in the city. The collections at this museum include statues, weaponry, artwork, sculptures, jewelry, manuscripts, coins, costumes, and terracotta and bronze statues, dating back to the Chandela and Gupta dynasties. The palace of the erstwhile brave queen is probably one of the biggest tourist attractions in Jhansi. What used to be Rani Laxmi Bai’s home is today a museum, open to the public. The museum houses archaeological discoveries that date back to the 9th century, and also give you a peek into the queen’s life and daily routines. There are a number of temples, tombs, smaller forts and lakes all over the city that are worth checking out.Shared tempos offer the cheapest and most convenient way of getting around Jhansi. You will also find auto-rickshaws and buses easily, but if you’re looking for comfort and privacy it may be best to hire a private care or taxi.Women should avoid venturing out alone after sunset.Take care of your belongings in crowded tourist spots
Jhansi is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Gwalior at a distance of 100kms.
Airports: Gwalior Airport
There is no regular trains to Jhansi from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Shivpuri which is located at a distance of 91kms.
Railway Station(s): Shivpuri