Rani Mahal in Jhansi, translating to the queen’s palace, is the former residence and royal palace of Rani Lakshmi Bai. Built in the 18th century, a large part of this beauty was destroyed during the Indian Rebellion. However, it was later renovated into a museum with artefacts from the 9th century and life of Rani Lakshmibai.
The architecture of Rani Mahal is utterly alluring. It is a two-tiered building with six halls which also includes the famous Darbar hall. It gives an elaborate picture of the history of India, the rulers, their tradition and the events that took place during the medieval times and henceforth.
The Jhansi Fort is located at the top of Bagira, a hill situated in Uttar Pradesh in the northern part of India. It is a 17th-century architectural monument that has undergone royal construction followed by massive destruction in the first War of Independence against the British East India Company. Within the four-walls lay monuments like Baradari with astute and creative architecture, Kal Kothari or a dungeon for prisoners, Ganesha and Shiva temples and a museum that harbours remnants of the Chandela dynasty – weaponry, clothes and paintings. The streets are filled with bazaars and temples. There is also a war memorial paying tribute to martyrs, and the Rani Lakshmibai Park built in the memory of her poignant role in the freedom struggle.
Jhansi Museum is one of the iconic museums of India constructed around the late 19th century that helps us to track down the roots of Indian history of colonial India. Jhansi Museum, also known as the UP Government museum, is known to have artefacts since the 4th century BC along with exquisite artworks of pre-modern India.
Dedicated to Rani Lakshmi Bai, this museum not only illustrates the history of Jhansi but also throws light on the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. Over the years, Jhansi museum has become one of the major tourist attractions in Uttar Pradesh owing to the rich cultural heritage of India, particularly Jhansi
The Cenotaph of Raja Gangadhar Rao, the Raja of Jhansi, was built after his death by his queen, Rani Lakshmibai in 1853. Raja Gangadhar Rao ki Chhatri is located near Mahalakshmi temple beside the Lakshmi Lake in Jhansi. The cenotaph is surrounded by a lush green garden, an adjacent pond and rich architectural designs.
The reign of Gangadhar Rao lasted for a decade from 1843 – 1853 making this a site of historical magnificence that still stands to occupy the cultural heritage of Jhansi. Legend has it that Maharani Lakshmibai used to visit the Lakshmi temple every day. The structure stands in the middle with high walls carved hollow on all four sides with 18th-century architectural designs. The suggested time to visit the cenotaph is from October to March.
Rai Praveen Mahal upholds the historical legends of the former princely state of Orchha. It is located in a town called Tikamgarh and thrills the visitors because of its classic folk tales and majestic beauty. The palace is situated alongside the Betwa River and holds its charm because of the nearby greenery and the iconography and intricate artwork on the second floor. The two-storied Rai Praveen Mahal is approximately 80 kilometres from the centre of the Tikamgarh town only at a distance of 18 kilometres from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.
Amidst the history and heritage, Garhmau Lake is a beautiful natural tourist site in Jhansi. Some 12 km from Rani Mahal, Garhmau Lake sprawls over a large area of 14 km. The pleasant environment of this place makes Garhmau Lake an ideal sightseeing place in Jhansi for picnicking and day outing. The views of sunrise and sunset are something to look forward to in this popular attraction in Jhansi.
A library with many facilities has also been built in the park. Apart from this, open theaters including cafeteria, walking track have also been built here. It is one of the most beautiful parks in Bundelkhand. It took JDA about three years to complete the construction of this park spread over an area of about 40 thousand square meters. Its construction started from the year 2018. The construction of the park was completed several months back. Since then I was waiting for it to open. Finally on Friday their wait was over. The Prime Minister inaugurated this grand park through remote. According to JDA Vice President Sarvesh Dixit, library, jogging track, open gym, kids zone, yoga place and open theater have been built inside the park. The library is built in a two-storey octagonal building in the middle of the park in an area of 800 square meters. More than eight thousand books are kept here. Literature lovers and students will also be able to use e-library. There is an open theater equipped with many facilities within the park. There is a seating arrangement for five hundred people. Various cultural programs can be organized here. There is also a 400 meter walking track around the park. There is an open gym next to it. There is a cafeteria inside. Here people can enjoy snacks etc. The entire park is decorated with beautiful flood lights. Its different shade is visible at night. More than 50 swings have been installed in the park for the entertainment of the children. According to the JDA VC, the park will be opened for the general public after the inauguration.