JHANSI THE STATE OF VALOUR
Jhansi, one of the most vibrant cities in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is steeped in history. Famously known for the heroics of Rani Laxmibai, the region is dotted with historical forts & monuments that date back to more than 1,500 years.
ATTRACTIONS IN JHANSI
SYMBOLISES BRAVERY AND VALOUR
Located in the heart of Jhansi city, the Jhansi Fort was one of the most important centres of resistance to the British colonial rule during the Revolt of 1857. It is this aura that surrounds the grand fort that draws thousands of visitors to Jhansi each year.
Veer Singh built the Mauj Mahal inside the fort. From the Rajas of Orchha the fort passed to the Mughals and then back to the Bundelas.
Under the Maratha administration, Jhansi Fort was extensively enlarged. The original Mauj Mahal was expanded and called Panch Mahal, or Five- Storied Palace. In 1742 CE, the Subedari or Governorship of Jhansi was given to Naro Shanker, who along with the construction of other buildings, extended Jhansi Fort and added a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This new extension was called Shankergarh.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND JHANSI
Just beyond the city of Jhansi, there is a string of fortresses which tell the story of the shifting of political powers in the 18th and the 19th century. The fort of Samthar, which was the seat of a powerful princely state till 1947. Near Samthar, lies the fort of Ammargarh, once the stronghold of the Naga Sanyasi Warrior Mahants, who controlled vast swathes of Bundelkhand, before their power was curtailed by Mahadji Scindia. Just beyond Samthar lies the Lohagarh Fort, that is immortalized in folksongs for its resistance to the British in 1857-58.