Jhansi

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Jhansi

About the city

Known by the valiant queen, Rani Lakshmi Bai, this historic city is located in the region of Bundelkhand, on the banks of the Pahuj or Pushpavati River, in the extreme south of Uttar Pradesh. The original walled city grew up around its stone fort, which crowns a neighbouring rock. It gained importance when it came under the rule of Marathas. Apart from the historic fort of Jhansi, magnificent temples, churches, museum and Rani Mahal, Jhansi is also home to a military aviation base.

The town is famous for bravery, courage and self-respect. A historic place, Jhansi is popular as the land of Rani Laxmi Bai, also known as 'Jhansi ki Rani', who bravely fought the British. For many in the Independence movement, she was India's Joan of Arc; a martyr and icon whose example set in motion the freedom struggle that eventually rid the subcontinent to its colonial rulers. A new dimension has been added to this historic city with the introduction of the Jhansi Festival that is held every year in February-March. It offers a fine opportunity to enjoy the arts, crafts and culture of the region.