Jhansi Fort

Historic sites

Uttar Pradesh

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Jhansi fort is known for Rani Laxmi Bai and hence it is an epitome of bravery and courage which is shown by the Rani in ancient times during the fights. Like Rani Laxmi Bai, the Jhansi fort too is bold and beautiful! The place reflects Jhansi and Bundelkhand’s culture which is worth seeing. There are many places to visit in Jhansi such as forts, air theatre, and museums which will further add to your thrilling experience. 

There are 10 gates giving access to the fort. Some of these are Khanderao Gate, Datia Darwaza, Unnao Gate, BadaGao gate, Laxmi Gate, Sagar Gate, Orchha Gate, Sainyar Gate and Chand Gate. Notable sights in the fort are the Shiva temple, Ganesh temple at the entrance, and the Kadak Bijli cannon used in the uprising of 1857. The fort extends to a sprawling 15 acres (61,000 m2) and this colossal structure measures about 312 m in length and 225 m in width. On the whole, there are twenty-two supports with a mammoth strengthening wall surrounded by a moat on both sides. 

Best Time To Visit Jhansi Fort

The winter season is the best time to visit Jhansi fort. During this time, the weather remains cool and enjoyable. This time period is perfect to pick a list of all the places to visit in Jhansi and go on a travelling spree in pleasant weather. Avoid planning a trip to the fort during summer time as the scorching heat will exhaust your body and will dampen your spirit to travel and explore this architectural marvel.

History of Jhansi Fort 

The construction of the Jhansi fort is ascribed to the Bundela Rajput chief and the ruler of the kingdom of Orchha Bir Singh Ju Deo Bundela in 1613. It was one of the strongholds of the Bundelas. In 1728, Mohammed Khan Bangash attacked Maharaja Chattrasal. Peshwa Bajirao helped Maharaja Chattrasal defeat the Mughal army. As a mark of gratitude, Maharaja Chattrasal offered a part of his state, which included Jhansi, to Peshwa Bajirao. In 1742 Naroshanker was made the subedar of Jhansi. During his tenure of 15 years he not only extended the strategically important Jhansi fort (the extension is called Shankergarh), but also constructed other buildings.

Places to Visit in Jhansi and Around the Jhansi Fort

Bird Eye View

The fort is built upon a hill where one can view the whole city. It is the best point to click pictures.

Ten Gates

There are ten gates and many of them have vanished. Datia Darwaza, Jharna Gate, Orchha Gate, etc. are some of the gates built up at the Jhansi fort.

Queen’s Cannons

The best site to view at the fort is the queen’s cannons, named Karak Bijli and Bhawani Shankar. A grand Mahotsav takes place in the month of January and February every year.

The Bijli Tank

The Karak Bijli tank is located within the fort and this is also one of the famous tourist attractions in Jhansi. The Jhansi Museum is located inside the fort as well.

Sarafa Bazaar

You can buy Jewellery In Sarafa Bazaar. There are a lot of varieties that will remind you of the bygone era. 

Ram Nath Market

Shopping In Ram Nath Market is one of the best things you can do when in the vicinity of Jhansi Fort. You can buy here garments. handicrafts, and much more.

Khajuraho Temple

Visit Khajuraho Temple as this place invokes both spirituality and history-love inside you. the architecture of the temple is truly marvellous.

UP Government Museum

This museum is a must-visit as it houses exhibits related to the history of Bundelkhand and Jhansi.

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How To Reach Jhansi Fort?

The Jhansi fort is located at the centre of the Jhansi city. You can plan a visit to the city by roadways, railways or airways. All means of transportation connect you to the city from all areas of the country. 

  • Nearest Major City. Jhansi City 
  • Nearest Airport. Gwalior Airport
  • Nearest Railhead. Jhansi Junction 

By Air. Gwalior airport is the nearest to the fort, whereas the Delhi airport is the nearest international airport which is 321km away. If a trip to Jhansi has been at the back of your mind then plan one via airways as it's quite convenient. 

  • Distance from Gwalior Airport. 103 km

By Rail. Jhansi Junction is where you must alight if you wish to reach the Jhansi Fort. The station receives trains from all the nearby major cities. After deboarding the train you may use any public transport from buses, autos to cabs to reach the fort. 

By Road. You may also plan your visit to Jhansi city by road. The city is well connected via highways and you may either consider driving to the city or may opt to travel via public and private buses. 

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Jhansi Fort

Q 1. Why is Jhansi Fort Famous?

A 1. Jhansi fort was built on a hilltop by King Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century. The fort stands in pride as it has witnessed the courage that Rani Laxmi Bai exhibited during the revolt of 1857. The temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesh are other major attractions inside the fort that attract a lot of footfall.  

Q 2. Where is Jhansi Fort?

A 2. Jhansi fort is in Uttar pradesh. You can reach here conveniently by rail, road and air. 

Q 3. Is Jhansi Fort open and worth visiting?

A 3. Yes, it is worth visiting, its architecture, and the tales related to it will amuse you. The museum stays shut on Mondays and second Saturdays, hence you must plan accordingly.

Q 4. How many gates are there in Jhansi Fort?

A 4. There are 10 gates in the fort. Orchha gate, Chand gate, Jharna gate, Unnao gate are some amongst others. 

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