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Jhansi Fort – Monument review

“A major attraction for history and architecture lovers.”

The first name that spurts up in our heads whenever we hear the name of city Jhansi is Rani Laxmi Bai. Widely known for her gallantry and valour, this freedom fighter was the queen of the Maratha-ruled city, Jhansi back in 1857.

History:

Jhansi Fort or Jhansi ka Kila was built by Bundela king which soon fell into Mughals arms, followed by Marathas and then the British. Built back in the 17th century, it was an important part of Indian rebellion of 1857. It was Jhansi fort where the first revolution for the independence of India took place and where the ultimate act of bravery of Rani Laxmi Bai against the British forces was witnessed.

About the fort:

Situated at about 3 kms from the Jhansi Railway Station, the fortress stands on a large hilltop called Bangira in Uttar Pradesh. Extending to a straggling 15 acres area, the fort was strategically built to safeguard the city from outsiders. One can witness a fascinating view of the whole city from this fort.

Made out of granite, the walls are between 16 to 20 feet thick. There are a total of 10 gates which allow access to the fort. One can find various boards with little snippets of the history of the fort.

Notable sights:

  • Shiva temple and Ganesha temple where Laxmibai used to pray.
  • Kadak Bijli cannon situated at the entrance of the fort.
  • The spot where from Rani, carrying her son tied to her back, performed a bold act by jumping on horseback from the fort making a heroic escape from Britishers in order to regroup her forces for the final battle.
  • There are several places inside the fort where due to natural ventilation one can enjoy the cool breeze of air no matter how hot it is outside.

Main attraction:

  • The historical and archaeological value of the fort.
  • The light and sound show that takes place after sunset. Storytelling dubbed in the voice of Om Puri revives the memory of Rani Laxmibai who gallantly fought with Britishers to retain her kingdom.

Turnoff:

  • Proper maintenance is required as littering and scribbling on the walls is common here.
  • Needs renovation.

Best time to visit:

During winters in the month of January or February. Also, a grand fair called the Jhansi