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Madhya Pradesh - Jhansi - A Tourist Guide
A petite village Jhansi had derived its name from Jhainsi. The place had made its mark on the golden script of history due to the bravery of the intrepid leader, the Joan of Arc, Rani Lakshmi Bai. Every Indian shows respect to her valor, passion and patriotism. She was the driving force of the first struggle of Indian independence in 1857.
The prime and foremost allurement, the Jhansi fort which acted as the important den for the troop of Jhansi, is encircled by a 5.5-9 meters tall fortification. 10 doorways would allow holiday makers to enter into the charming fort, the ancient hiding place for the combatants. Vir Singh Deo, the emperor of the kingdom of Orchha, had built the fort of Jhansi during 1613. The extensive expansion along with re-enactment of the fort continued for some time after the Maratha dynasty had taken over the control of the fort way back in 1742.
The valiant Rani Lakshmi Bai had fought hard against the British force for 17 long days before she jumped out of the Jhansi fort riding on her favorite horse namely Badal. She was playing hide and seek game with the strong British force when she kept herself hidden in the Gwalior fort for few days. But, lastly she went to the other world after fighting hard against British wearing man’s attire on 17th June, 1858.
Cantonment or the “civil lines” is located in the western side of the city where as the old façade of the city is still prominent in the east Jhansi.
The pleasure ground, Shiva temple, Ganesha temple and the primeval war shooter still recall the reminiscent of the gallant leader Rani Lakshmi bai and also are enticing huge number of tourists every year. The commemorative board, well maintained on the historical premise of the fort, would help the hordes of the holiday makers to recollect the famous story of Lakshmi Bai. With her son on her back she had decided to jump from the 20 feet tall western fortification riding on her beloved horse. Innumerable stories associated with the fort and Rani Lakshmi Bai would stimulate the hair follicles of the swarms of tourists and historians.
On the premise of the fort, the Television Center can also be seen.
Rani Ka Mahal, the residential complex of Rani Lakshmi Bai, was built at the back end of the fort during 18th century. Visit the museum of the archeological department to enthrall yourselves with its charming collections. Architectural articles of yester years (9th to 12th centuries) in their excellent forms can be watched in the remarkable museum. On the way to the fort, tourists would be able to watch the beguiling park and the age-old idol of Rani Lakshmi Bai. The newest attraction of Jhansi is the Jhansi Mahotsav, the colorful festivity, celebrated during the month of March. The scorching sunshine is not very pleasing for the city dwellers as in summers the city experiences a temperature of 23.8- 45.8 degrees Celsius. The temperature, however, stays around 4.7- 29.7 degrees Celsius during the delightful winters.
The Jhansi fort was destroyed in 1604 by the angry emperor, Akbar.
Orchha: The museum city, Orchha, is located at a distance of 17 km from Jhansi on the Jhansi- Khajuraho road. The beautiful Island, nestled in the water of the Punyatoya Betwa River, was the famous capital land of the ruler, Rudra Pratap. Built in 1517, the capital was transferred later on to Tikamgarh in 1783. Previously known as Bundela, the city had derived its name way back in 11th century from the deity, Bundela. Later on, the city was popularly known as Orchha. The green corridor, secreted in the shadows, is a calm and quiet destination for all the nature lovers. The fascinating prolonged terrain of the ancient Bundela city was spread along the well spread gorge from the banks of Yamuna to Narmada River. The memories of earlier periods are still unstained and momentous.
The palace complex of Orchha can be accessed through the time-honored viaduct, based on multi faced arches, built in 17th century by Vir Singh Deo. The city of Orchha is still a significant and prominent destination on the map of India due to the innovative and excellent architectural evidences of the city. Tourists are still attracted to the appealing monuments of Orchha, thanks to the great taste and impressive creativity of the emperor Vir Singh Deo.
Orchha was in its golden period during the kingdom of the emperor, Jahangir. The floating balcony, built in 1606 by Vir Singh Deo, is an epitome of luxury. The Jafri architectures, displayed on the walls of this historical balcony, were specially planned and designed for the king Jahangir as the balcony was dedicated to Jahangir by Vir Shingh Deo. The entire premise, distribution of rooms, beautifully shaped dome and fine arts of the palace are not only praiseworthy but their historical values are noteworthy as well. The impressive creations and architectural items were demolished and looted by Shahjahan later on though.
The memories of the love story of the king Indrajit and the dancer, Parveen were written in bright scripts on the historical scriptures of Orchha.
Mark your way in the Rajmahal Palace of Orchha crossing the bridge, built with granite stones. The impressive example of the ancient cultures and traditions, the palace, is shimmering with its excellence. The decorations of pearls and glasses make the palace a marvelous and exotic destination for the hordes of holiday makers. The building of the palace was started way back in 1531 by the emperor Rudra Pratap and finally it was completed in 1545 by Madhukar Shah. 2 neighboring grounds, a fountain, a dance stage, surrounding royal quarter and Diwan-e-Khas on the stately premise, greet tourists and historians. The special Bundela architectures on the ornamented walls and various renowned mythological tales of hunting would welcome you warmly as well. The colors and panache of the palace, however, are not in its original shape now. The nearby artillery store would fascinate you as well. The Rai Parveen Mahal, amidst the Anandamahal orchard, was dedicated by the emperor, Indramani, to the imperial dancer, Rai Parveen. The captivating charm and beauty of the Rai Parveen Mahal attracts tourists. The magical architectural design of the Mahal is splendid as well. There was a time when the glittering architecture of the Mahal used to reflect lights around. Cross the historical Hammam Khana and Camel house on the palace premise to watch the antique and singular assortments of articles and items in the archeological palace. The palace is closed on every Monday. Constructed long back in 18th century midst of Jahangir Mahal and Raj Mahal, the Sish Mahal, is a hotel now. The marvelous Rani-Ka-Mahal is another beguiling monument of the palace.
The Ram Raja temple, about 1 km away from Sish Mahal, built in 17th century, is an appealing pink palace. The holy idol of Sriram, brought with lot of devotion by Madhukar Shah all the way from Ayodhya, is residing in the temple. Devotees are paying honor to the consecrated deity, Sriram, as a king, not as a God. The divine ambience around during the festivities of Ramnabami and Bibaha Panchami is pulling huge number of people from faraway places. You should not miss out on a chance to watch the grace of the Arti, offered to the sacred deity. The temple can’t be accessed with cameras and leather items. You can, however, take snaps of these historical monuments forever in your mind.
Constructed at the right hand side of the Ram Raja temple, the quadrilateral temple is a prime destination for the pilgrims. Climb up the radar to watch the unmatched sumptuousness and opulence of the idol less temple.
Bow shaped vault and lotus like dome of the high-ceilinged temple, dedicated to the deity Sriram and built by Madhukar Shah, reflect the cultures and point of views of the king. The designing taste of the king is significant and notable on the Jharokha fine arts. The crest on the Garbha Griha is a depiction of an incarnation of Vishnu. The crest resembles an interesting quadrilateral structure. The God, Ganesha, located at the left hand side of the Garbha Griha, is getting due respect and honor regularly from the followers. Climb up the shadowy and uneven stairways to watch the panoramic view around.
9 palaces of Orchha look splendid from the Ram Raja temple. Take a long walk for 15 minutes through the adjoining road of Ram Raja temple to watch the residing divine power of Lakshminarayan temple, built in 17th century. The executed fresco pictures on the walls and bright images on the ceiling demonstrate the finest art forms of that period. The talents of the ancient architects and designers are prominently visible on the depicted stories of the battle between Rani Lakshmi Bai and British, tales of combat between Ram and Lakshman and stories associated with Sri Krishna. A large number of mythological tales are also pictorially illustrated on the walls and ceiling of the Lakshminarayan Temple.
Hardaul Ka Baithak, situated at the opposite side of Ram temple, crossing the Mogli garden phoolbagh, is an attractive palace which was built in the memories of Hardaul who had sacrificed his life as he unfortunately had received rubbish blame from his elder brother. Since then plenty of city dwellers are paying their tributes to the ill-fated Hardaul in the palace. Inhabitants use to flock to the palace in countless numbers to get blessings of Hardaul after getting married. It is still believed that Hardaul was a worshiper of love and affection.
Located at a distance of ½ km from Orchha, on the striking and lingering banks of Betwa River, the marvelous Royal Chattish (14) is standing tall in a chain. The Jafri architectures of the pompous palace are real treats to the eyes.
The famous heroic patriot, battler Chandra Shekhar Ajad, was hidden here and to recall that old leader a commemorative was built in 1926-27. Library and museum are also there in the vicinity. Emperors of Orchha dynasty were influenced by the splendor of the city and had built it a summer resort for them. A series of fountains and an underground air-conditioned room under the pavilion with 8 adjoining pillars make this place a majestic tourists’ destination. The water of the fountain helps to keep the underground room cool and well ventilated in Chandan Katwa.
The fort, Madhukar Mahal, Sidhbaba ka Sthan, Jugalkishore, Cindhyabasini, Hanuman temple and Janki temple are dotted in and around the city of Orchha. The fresco pictures of Bundela architectural style are the chief ornaments of the Madhukar Mahal.
The entire tour of Orchha can be completed on the same day comfortably if you hire a car from Jhansi.
PWD Rest House, Sish Mahal Palace, Hotel Sheesh Mahal, Betwa Retreat, Hotel Mansarovar, Hotel Palki Mahal, Yatri Niwas, Orchha Resorts, Hotel Amar Mahal and Hotel Front view are few noteworthy hotels in Orchha.
Barua Sagar, about 14 km away from Orchha Junction towards Khajuraho, is a gigantic water body. The atmosphere around the water body is worth watching. It was 1705 when the old king of Orchha, Udit Singh Rao, had installed a dam on the Betwa River. The famous and astonishing water body, Barua Sagar, was excavated adjacent to the dam. The ruins of the primeval fort, atop the tiny tila, in the close hinterland are worthy of mention. Swami Sarvanand Ji Maharaj Brahmalin is a renowned memorial, on the banks of the Barua Sagar, was built way back in 1008. The contiguous Fancy Ka Kua (well) is another coveted spot.
After completing the entire tour of Jhansi, interested tourists can avail a bus in the afternoon to Gwalior. It’s approximately a 3 hours journey.
Datia: On the Gwalior- Jhansi road, about 24 km towards the north- west side of Jhansi, Datia, was previously known as Daita Chakra. Gwalior is just 73 km away from Datia. Datia is well connected to Gwalior and Jhansi both by railways and by bus. The Railway station of Datia is 2 km away from the heart of the city of Datia.
The place has not come up with any hotels yet.
The 7 stories and 130 feet tall Jahangir Mahal, built by the emperor Raja Vir Singh in 1620 was constructed spending a hefty amount of 35 lakhs. 9 long years were taken to build the astounding monument. 2 among the 7 stories are constructed under the ground. The palace, atop the petite tila, was built to welcome Jahangir. The commingling of architectures of Rajasthan and mural pictures of Mughal architectures is mind blowing. On the uneven mountain, the 35 meters tall Govind temple on the top of the dome is another charming destination of Datia. The Govind temple can be accessed through the eastern doorway. The southern tip of the temple is enclosed by an astonishing Sarovar. Right at the opposite side of the Govind temple the palace of Gama Pehlwan is located. The Bharatgarh palace, located in the middle of the town, is the home of the family members of the ancient dynasty. General people can’t get into the palace. Darbar hall, however, can be accessed by granting permission from the watchman.
Plenty of ruins of the holy temples are scattered on the banks of the Karan Sagar. Pitambar Pith or the temple complex in the proximity is another striking and appealing place. The museum in the Rajgarh palace is located adjacent to the bus stand.
Engrossed tourists can stay at Tourist Motel, PWD IB and Santosh Lodge.
Sonagiri: White marbles are used to build 108 Jain temples, atop the Sonagiri hill, way back in 10-17 century. It is located at a distance of 13 km towards the north- west side of Datia. Climb up the stairways, made up of stones, to access the temple complex. The Chandranath temple, at the end way, is the prime and most important temple in the temple complex. The colorful ornamentation of the temple would enthrall and amuse everyone. The bird’s eye views from the temple premise is eye catching as well. Colorful glasses and mirrors decorate the adjoining glass temple. The charm of the festivity, celebrated during the month of Chaitra (a month of Hindu calendar year), is drawing attention of the tourists.
Jain Darmsalas and Rest house are there for the tourists who want to stay overnight at Sonagiri hill.
Passenger trains are available from Jhansi to Sonagiri. The trains to Sonagiri touch Datia on their way.
Deoghar: About 106 km towards the southern side of Jhansi, on the banks of the Betwa River, Deoghar, is a sought after destination which is spread both in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. This was a primeval destination which was famous all over the world for the excellent architectural depictions on the walls of the renowned monuments. Before the discovery of the marvelous architectural evidences of Khajuraho, the fine arts, shown on the monuments of Deoghar, were the real treats to the travelers. An enticing experience would be to witness the splendor of the pyramid shaped peak, entrance way and the admirable architectures on the three exterior walls of the temple. On the southern wall, the lying Vishnu idol of the temple looks majestic. The deity, Lakshmi, is holding the leg of Vishnu in the engraved idol. The temple is well designed and bedecked by the mythological idols. Watch the pretty idol of Ganga- Yamuna at the main entrance.
To entertain the tourists of Deoghar, an archeological museum is there as well. The idol of the deity, Chakreshwari, was built in 18th century.
Built during 8th- 17th centuries, the temple complex, in Karnali fort perched on the 300 feet tall hill, houses 31 sacred temples.
Rahi Tourist Bungalow and Royal Jain Dharamsala are noteworthy hotels of Deoghar. Tourists can also stay at nearby Lalitpur.
On the railway track of Bhopal- Jhansi, Lalitpur is a small station. Buses are connecting the city of Lalitpur to the nearby Deoghar, about 36 km away from Lalitpur. Lalitpur is a reputed town for its time- honored temples, built during the Gupta era. You can stay at Tourist Bungalow of UP Tourism.
The town, Chandela, is situated at a distance of 37 km from Lalitpur.
How to reach: Even though the city of Jhansi is located in Uttar Pradesh but most of the tourists enter into the city from Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh by bus or by train for the ease of accessibility. Jhansi is well connected to the prime Indian cities, such as, Delhi, Chennai, Gwalior, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore by railway networks.
Where to stay: Hotel Samrat, Hotel Highway, Chandra Hotel, Jhansi Hotel, Hotel Raj Palace, Prakash Guest House, Central Hotel, Hotel Rishav, Hotel Sipra, Hotel Srinath Inn and Hotel Ashok.
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