For those thinking of Jhansi as just another place in Uttar Pradesh, think again. Jhansi is synonymous with Rani Laxmi Bai, and the Jhansi fort epitomizes female courage. I went there with a couple of my friends a few months ago, and I relived what all was taught to us in the history books when we were growing up.
The fort in itself is a huge kingdom, and you can see the chambers inside it. While these rooms are mostly locked, they remind us of the might of the courageous queen. Jhansi fort is a reminder of how Rani Laxmi Bai single-handedly fought with the British troops and died while defending her kingdom.
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Jhansi fort was built in 1613-18 by Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha on a hilltop called Bangira. It was a stronghold of the Chandel Raja of Balwant Nagar from 11th Century to 17th Century. There are 10 different gates to enter the fort. Some of them are Khanderao Gate, Lakshmi Gate, Waterfall Gate, Sagar Gate, Orchha Gate, and Chand Gate.
The Jhansi fort still treasures some of the remnants of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny. The most tragic sight is the place from where Rani Laxmi Bai jumped to escape the invading British army.
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Rani Laxmi Bai (Rani Lakshmi Bai) took a 15 meters plunge on horseback with her four-year-old son, Damodar Rao, tied on her back. The other interesting sight is the renowned lion-headed canon called Kadak Bijli. It is believed that the canon roared like a lion when it was used.
Around the fort, there is a Rani Mahal that was constructed in the 19th century. Today it has been turned into an archaeological museum. Jhansi Museum treasures a good collection of sculpture and offers a detailed perspective on Bundelkhand’s history. My final words, do visit the fort if you happen to be in Jhansi. If you are not, then also try visiting this rich, historical place. My advice would be to hire a guide, which costs around 250 rupees.
After all, in today’s time when people talk so much about women empowerment, the Jhansi fort gives us a real sense of a woman’s courage and might like nothing else.
Jhansi Fort Visiting Hours (Timings):
Jhansi Fort Entry Ticket:
Indian Nationals: Rs 15, Children: free
Foreign Nationals Rs 200
Opens All Days
Jhansi Fort Visit Duration:
1 to 2 hours
Closest Local Transport:
Train Station: Jhansi Junction
Bus Stop: National Museum