One of the landmarks of Jhansi, the Jhansi Fort was constructed atop a hill by Raja Bir Singh Deo in the 17th century. It served as a stronghold for the army of Orchha. During the First War of Indian Independence in 1857, the fort witnessed a fierce battle between Rani Lakshmibai and the British forces. After the Rani was defeated, the British seized the fort and later handed it to the Maharaja of Scindia. Within the fort complex are temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva, along with the cannons of Jhansi Ki Rani, Karak Bijli and Bhawani Shankar. Visitors have the opportunity of getting an insight into the Bundelkhand region’s history by visiting the museum. The fort also hosts a sound and light, which is an eloquent rendition of the great escape of the brave Rani Lakshmibai, who is said to have tied her son to her back, jumped on a horse and galloped to safety, when the sprawling Jhansi Fort fell into the hands of the British. Picking scenes and drawing inspirations from various acts of valour of the queen, the show gives an emotive account of the First War of Independence. It is truly spine-chilling to watch the story unfold and slowly move into an action-packed battle.

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