The historic city of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh state is famed for being the city Queen Lakshmibai (also referred to as “Jhansi Ki Rani”) resisted against the British in the 1857 Rebellion.
Also called the Gateway to Bundelkhand, Jhansi is situated between the rivers Pahuj and Betwa. It is located about 415 kilometers (258 mi) from New Delhi and 99 kilometers (62 mi) south of Gwalior. It got its name from jhain-si (blurred shadow) for its appearance from a distance. Jhansi Fort was built by Raja Bir Singh Deo who named it so that the rulers could only see a shadow atop a distant hill when gazing at the fort.
Jhansi's best-known inhabitant was Rani Lakshmi Bai, sometimes described as "India's Joan of Arc", who ruled it in the mid-19th century. She was the widow of Raja Damodar Rao and, by Indian reckoning, on the old boy's demise their son inherited the throne and she became regent since the boy was quite young. However, the British authorities did not recognize the son's claim because he was adopted. In 1857, during the mutiny of British Indian troops, she went to war and had considerable success before finally being defeated. She was killed in a cavalry skirmish while fleeing her fallen city.
Explorations & Experiences in Jhansi–
- Jhansi Fort
- Rani Mahal
- Jhansi Museum
- Panchatantra Park
- The Cenotaph of Raja Gangadhar Rao
- Barua Sagar
- Mahalakshmi Temple
- Karguvanji Jain Temple
- Rani Lakshmi Bai Park