Located at a distance of approximately 316-km from Lucknow, Jhansi lies cradled in the western part of the upland Bundelkhand area, just west of the Betwa River. It has been a prominent tourist hub since ages for its historical significance, forts, monuments and tales of the pre-independence era. This place is also known for the times when Rani Lakshmi Bai, Nana Sahib and Tatya Tope planned the revolt of 1857. So if you're a history buff who is planning to explore the pages of historical events or a photographer who wants to catch a few moments on a roll, then head here for a quick getaway from Lucknow!
Mahalakshmi Temple, Maharaja Gangadhar Rao ki Chatri, amidst others, are a must-visit!
This city is synonymous with its courageous queen, Rani Lakshmibai, who fought bravely against the British forces during the First War of Indian Independence, back in 1857. The lores of this queen still echo in the Jhansi Fort and the Rani Mahal, which are two of the key highlights of this place. The Jhansi Fort also comes with a sound and light show, which captures the gist of the life of Rani Lakshmibai and is surely a must-watch, if you're strolling by.
The Jhansi Museum within the confines of the fort, also helps to understand the history of the Chandela Dynasty, who ruled over the city during the medieval period. Some of the other attractions of Jhansi include the Mahalakshmi Temple, Maharaja Gangadhar Rao ki Chatri, amidst others.
Badhai, Akai, Norta, Rai, Jawara, are a few of the dance forms that are prevalent in Jhansi
Jhansi's string of rulers has influenced its cultural heritage as well and over the years, the locals have adapted, modified and represented their learnings through various folk dances, that are an essential element of their lives. Badhai, Akai, Norta, Rai, Jawara, are a few of the dance forms which are prevalent here and each of them, have their own significance.
For instance, the Akai dance form is inspired by martial arts and dancers use bamboo sticks while at it whereas the Jawara dance is performed to mark a good harvest. The city puts a lot of emphasis on dance and music and the locals participate with great enthusiasm, breaking into a dance at any happy occasion. But due to its geographical positioning and cultural resemblance, Jhansi identifies itself with Bundeli customs, traditions and cultural norms.
So what we're saying is-
Pick a weekend, tag your friends, pack your bags and head for a road trip which will enlighten you with insights into the pages of history while bestowing you with a quick break from the monotony of the city. Jhansi is also photogenic enough to give you a week's worth of content for your Instagram and we're sure, you'd be recommending this place as a getaway option, once back.