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Jhansi

About The City

     Jhansi, the gateway to Bundelkhand, 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 the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. However, its greatest claim to fame is its fiery queen Rani Laxmibai, who led forces against the British in 1857, sacrificing her life to the cause of Indian independence. 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.

The Rani of Jhansi

     Rani Lakshmi Bai, better known as the Rani, or queen, of Jhansi was one of the great nationalist heroines of pre-independence India. Born the daughter of a Benares brahmin, she was married off to Raja Gangadhar of Jhansi, but never bore him children – a fact exploited by the British to force her and her adopted baby son into retirement in 1853. The Rani retaliated in 1857, the year of "Mutiny", by leading her personal bodyguard of five hundred Afghan-Pathan warriors to seize Jhansi fort. The British dispatched troops to see off the insurgents, but took seventeen days to blow a beach in the walls of the citadel. 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".

     
Statues of Rani Jhansi in this heroic pose stand all over northern India. For many in the Independence movement, she was India’s Joan of Arc; a martyr and icon whose example set in motion the freedom struggle that eventually rid the subcontinent to its colonial rulers.

Area : 14 Sq. km.

Population : 379000 (1991 census)

Altitude : 211 meters above sea level.

Season : October-March.

Clothing (Summer) : Cottons ; (Winters) : Woolens

Language : Hindi, Bundeli & English.

Local Transport : Taxis, Tempo-rickshaw, Tourist Cabs.

STD Code : 0517

Accessibility

Air

     Nearest airport is Gwalior Airport – 98 km.

Rail

     Jhansi is well connected by an excellent railway network. Shatabadi Express (2001/2002) is one of the fastest luxury trains in India, provides the easiest access to the Jhansi from important stations between Delhi and Bhopal. Other important rail services to Jhansi are

2137/2138 Punjab Mail (Firozpur/Delhi-Mumbai)

1057/1058 Dadar-Amritsar Express (Mumbai).

4677/4678 Jhelum Express (Jammu Tawi-Pune)

2627/2628 Karnataka Express (Delhi-Bangalore)

4067/4068 Malwa Express (New Delhi-Indore)

1449/1450 Mahakaushal Express (New Delhi-Jabalpur)

2615/2616 G.T. Express (New Delhi-Chennai)

2621/2622 Tamil Nadu Express (New Delhi-Chennai)

2723/2724 A.P. Express (New Delhi-Secundrabad)

6687/6688 Navyug Express (Jammu Tawi/Delhi-Mangalore)

4309/4310 Dehradun-Ujjain Express

7021/7022 Delhi-Hyderabad Dakshin Express

1107/1108 Bundelkhand Express (Varanasi-Gwalior)

1015/1016 Kushinagar Express (Mumbai-Gorakhpur).

Road

     Jhansi,
on National Highway No. 25 and 26, is linked by a good network of roads. Some major road distances are:

Agra – 221 km.; Khajuraho – 176 km.; Datia – 28 km.; Shivpuri – 100 km.; Kalpi – 142 km; Gorakhpur – 563 km.; Lucknow – 297 km.; Kanpur – 220 km.; Lalitpur – 93 km.; Delhi – 414 km.

Place Of Interest

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 collectiion of sculpture and provides an insight into the history of Bundelkhand.

Government Museum, Jhansi

     
Weapons, statues, dresses and photographs that represents 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 Saturday of every month.

Rani Mahal

     
The palace of Rani Laxmi Bai has now been converted into a museum. It houses a collection of archaeological remains of the period between 9th and 12th centuries AD.

Other Places of Interest

     
Laxmi Tal, Gangadhar Rao-Ki-Chhatri, Shri Kali Temple, Laxmi Bai Park.

Accommodation

Sita Hotel, Shivpuri Road. Phones: (0517)2444691

Jhansi Hotel, Shastri Marg. Phone: (0517)2470360.

Prakash Guest House, Civil Lines. Phone: (0517)2443133 Fax: 2441976

Raj Palace Hotel, Shastri Marg. Phone: (0517)2470554

Kanika Hotel, Kanpur Road. Phone: (0517)2471703

Hotel Rishabh, Shivpuri Road. Phone: (0517)2445106.

Aparna Guest House, Civil Lines, Ph. (0517)2441196

Budget Hotels

Kanika Hotel, Ph. (0517)2441800

Hotel Highway, Ph. (0517)2441717

Samrat Hotel, Ph. (0517)2444943

Central Hotel, Ph. (0517)2440509

Krishna Hotel, Ph. (0517)2441857

Hotel Bhawana, Ph. (0517)2441440

Chanda Hotel, near Laxmibai Park, Ph. (0517)2450014, Fax: (0517)2450027
UP Tourism Accommodation

     Hotel Veerangana (UPSTDC), near Exhibition Ground. Phone: (0517)2442402.

Resturant

Sagar Restaurant, Prakash Guest House, Ph. 443133

Angithi – Hotel Raj Palace.

Bundela Restaurant & Bar, Manik Chowk, Ph. 441005

Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Veerangana (UPSTDC). Phone: 442402.

Nav Bharat, Sadar Bazar. Phone: 470025

Holy Day Restaurant, Sadar Bazar. Phone: 470129

Bank

Allahabad Bank, Ph. 471106

Punjab Nation Bank, Ph. 440638

State Bank of India, City Road. Phone: 440534.

Canara Bank, Ph. 440669

Post & Telegraph

Head Post Office, Near Jhansi Hotel. Phones: 440533, 440261 & 440807.

Hospital

Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College, Kanpur Road. Phone: 441446.

District Hospital, Manik Chowk, Ph. 440572

Tourist Info

UP Government Tourist Office, Hotel Veerangana. Phone: 441267.

Tourist Information Centre, Railway Station.

MP Tourist Information Centre, Railway Station. Phone: 442622.

Excursions

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.

Parichha

     
25 km. A dam, built on the Betwa River. The area is rich in scenic beauty.

Other Interesting Excursions

    
Matatila Dam, Samthar Fort, Charkhari and Talbehat.

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