The original walled city grew around its stone fort which crowns a neighbouring rock. The ancient name of the city was Balwantnagar. From 1817 to 1854, Jhansi was the capital of the princely state of Jhansi which was ruled by Maratha rajas. The state was annexed by the British Governor General in 1854; Damodar Rao's claim to the throne was rejected but Rani Lakshmibai ruled it from June 1857 to June 1858.
Jhansi is well connected to all other major towns in Uttar Pradesh by road and railway networks. The National Highways Development Project has supported development of Jhansi. Srinagar to Kanyakumari North-South corridor passes through Jhansi as does the East-West corridor; consequently there has been a sudden rush of infrastructure and real estate development in the city. A greenfield airport development has been planned. On 28 August, 2015 Jhansi was selected among 98 cities for smart city initiative by Government of India.
According to a legend the Raja of Orchha was sitting on the roof of his palace with his friend, the Raja of Jaitpur, and asked the latter whether he could discern this new fort that he had built on Bangara hill, and he replied that he could see it 'jhainsi' (meaning rather indistinct). This name 'Jhainsi' in course of time became corrupted to 'Jhansi'. It was one of the most strategically situated forts of central India being built on an elevated rock rising out of the plain and commanding the city and the surrounding country.
In the 18th century the town of Jhansi served as the capital of a Maratha province and later the Princely State of Jhansi from 1804 till 1853, when the territory became a part of British India.
According to the 2011 census, Jhansi has a population of 505,693, its urban agglomeration a population of 547,638. The literacy rate of Jhansi is 83.02%, higher than the state average of 67.68%. The sex ratio is 905 females for every 1000 males. Jhansi city has 57th rank among the most populated cities of India, according to the 2011 census.
According to the Indian Census of 2001 there were 21,917 people in Jhansi Cantonment, of whom 56% were male and 44% female (men 12,264; women 9,653; children 2,612). The rate of literacy was 80%.
Jhansi is located at 25.4333 N 78.5833 E. It has an average elevation of 284 metres (935 feet). Jhansi lies on the plateau of central India, an area dominated by rocky relief and minerals underneath the soil. The city has a natural slope in the north as it is on the south western border of the vast Tarai plains of Uttar Pradesh and the elevation rises on the south. The land is suitable for species of citrus fruit and crops include wheat, pulses, peas, and oilseeds. The region relies heavily on Monsoon the rains for irrigation purposes. Under an ambitious canal project (the Rajghat canal), the government is constructing a network of canals for irrigation in Jhansi and Lalitpur and some part of Madhya Pradesh. The trade in agricultural products (including grain and oilseeds) is of great economic importance. The city is also a centre of brassware manufacture.
Being on a rocky plateau, Jhansi experiences extreme temperatures. Winter begins in October with the retreat of the Southwest Monsoon (Jhansi does not experience any rainfall from the Northeast Monsoon) and peaks in mid-December. The mercury generally reads about 4 degrees minimum and 21 degrees maximum. Spring arrives by the end of February and is a short-lived phase of transition. Summer begins by April and summer temperatures can peak at 47 degrees in May. The rainy season starts by the third week of June (although this is variable year to year). Monsoon rains gradually weaken in September and the season ends by the last week of September. In the rainy season, the average daily high temperature hovers around 36 degrees Celsius with high humidity. The average rainfall for the city is about 900 mm per year, occurring almost entirely within the three-and-a-half months of the Southwest Monsoon. In summer Jhansi experiences temperatures as high as 45-47 degrees and in winter the temperatures fall as low as 0-1 degrees (recorded in winter 2011).
The early 17th century fort was made by Raja Bir Singh on top of a hill known as Bangara as an army stronghold. The Karak Bijli cannon is within the fort. There is also a museum near the fort which has a collection of sculpture and provides an insight into the history of Bundelkhand.
In the Government Museum there are collections of weapons, statues, dresses and photographs that represent the Chandela dynasty and a picture gallery of the Gupta period. There are also terracottas, bronzes, manuscripts, paintings and coins.Government museum specifically keep the belonging of rani of jhansi, example: her sword, armour and utensils. The museum is closed on Mondays and second Saturday of every month.
The Rani Mahal was the palace of Rani Lakshmi Bai and has now been converted into a museum. It houses a collection of archaeological remains of the period between the 9th and 12th centuries AD.
An engineering college named as Bundelkhand Institute of Engineering & Technology a state govt engineering college
Temples: Iskcon Temple, Laxmi Temple; Shri Kali Temple; Karguan Jain Temple.--Christian churches: Sacred Heart Church St. Jude's Shrine; St Antony's Cathedral.--Gangadhar Rao-Ki-Chhatri (tomb).--Laxmi Bai Park; Narayan Bagh; Jari Ka Math; Barua Sagar & Fort; Garhmau Lake; Herbal Garden.
Annually organised in jhansi in winter season. rani laxmibai birthdayMovies and television
Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Hollywood Project, a movie on Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, will be shot in UP for nearly two months; the movie will be shot in Jhansi from February next.
Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University
Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management, Bundelkhand University Jhansi
Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical college Hospital Jhansi was established in 1968, is named after the "Jhansi ki Rani" Maha Rani Laxmi Bai. The college admits 100 students each year for medical course and nearly 54 post graduate student in various specialties.Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College
Bundelkhand Govt. Ayurvedic College & Hospital
In October 2009, the Union health ministry had given approvals for setting up an institute equivalent to AIIMS, the first in bundelkhand region and developing central agriculture university.Bundelkhand Institute of Engineering & Technology
Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bundelkhand University.
Government Polytechnic Jhansi
Rani laxmibai central agriculture university jhansi
SR Group of Institutions, Ambabai,Jhansi
ICAR-Indian Grassland & Fodder Research Institute (IGFRI)
ICAR-Central Agro-Forestry Research Institute (CAFRI)
The city is well connected to other parts of India by railways and major highways.
Jhansi Junction has its own Division of the Indian North Central Railways. It is well connected by train services to all parts of the country, including four metropolitan cities. There are direct trains to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Guwahati, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Agra, Gwalior, Trivandrum, Indore, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Pune, Jammu, Jaipur, Lucknow, Bhopal, Mahoba, Khajuraho, Gaya, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Bandra and other major towns. A list of all train services passing through Jhansi Junction can be found here.
Jhansi Junction is a major railway junction of Indian Railways: a major intercity hub and a technical stoppage for many superfast trains in India. Jhansi has its own division in the North Central Railway zone of Indian Railways. It lies on the main Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Mumbai lines. The station code is JHS.
The railway station was built by the British in the late 1880s. After a long survey of three places the current site was selected for the station. The station has a massive fort-like building painted in maroon and off white.
The station had three platforms in the beginning. Platform One is 2,525 feet (770 m) long making it the seventh longest in the world so could easily handle two trains at a time. Platforms two and three are also long enoungh to do this. The first Shatabdi Express of India started between New Delhi and Jhansi. Earlier Jhansi used to be a part of Central railways zone headquartered at Mumbai but now comes under NCR headquartered at Allahabad.
Jhansi Junction is linked with many industrial and important cities of India by direct trains like Gwalior, New Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Lucknow, Bhopal, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Jammu, Agra, Bhubaneshwar, Ahmedabad, etc.
Jhansi Junction is served by 4 broad gauge routes:
- Jhansi - Gwalior Junction - New Delhi
- Jhansi - Kanpur Central - Lucknow
- Jhansi - Bhopal - Mumbai
- Jhansi - Manikpur - Allahabad
- Jhansi - Shivpuri - Sawai Madhopur (proposed)
Jhansi is an important destination for tourists intending to go to Khajuraho (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and to Orchha.
- 12279/12280 Jhansi Hazrat Nizamuddin (Delhi) Taj Express.
- 11109/11110 Jhansi Lucknow Junction Intercity Express.
- 11103/11104 Jhansi Bandra Terminus (Mumbai) Express.(via Gwalior, Ujjain, Ratlam, Surat
- 11105/11106 Jhansi Kolkata Pratham Swatrantata Sangram Express.(via Kanpur, Patna)
- 11801/11802 Jhansi etawah express
- 21125/21126 Jhansi Gwalior Indore Express
- 51815/51816 Jhansi Agra Fort Passenger
- 51831/51832 Jhansi Agra Cantt Passenger
- 51803/51804 Jhansi Kanpur Central Passenger
- 54157/54158 Jhansi Kanpur Central Passenger
- 51813/51814 Jhansi Lucknow Charbagh Passenger
- 51807/51808 Jhansi Banda Passenger
- 54159/54160 Jhansi Banda Passenger
- 51805/51806 Jhansi Manikpur Passenger
- 51819/51820 Jhansi Allahabad Jn Passenger
- 51817/51818 Jhansi Tikamgarh Passenger
- 51821/51822 Jhansi Khajuraho Passenger
- 51811/51812 Jhansi Bina Passenger
- 51827/51828 Jhansi Itarsi Nagpur Passenger
and several other passengers and shuttles trains connecting Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra Cantt, Allahabad, Manikpur, Banda Jn, Khajuraho, Tikamgarh, Bhopal, Bina and Itarsi.
Jhansi Junction has seven platforms, 4 broad over-bridges. Due to heavy usage, two new platforms are planned, increasing the total to 11. Five pairs of the Rajdhani Express as well as the Bhopal — New Delhi Shatabdi Express pass through Jhansi.Three pairs of Duronto Express also have their technical stoppages at Jhansi. All state Sampark Krantis passing through Jhansi have official stops at Jhansi. In all more than 150 trains stop at Jhansi Junction everyday.
There are tourist information offices of both the Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh governments.
Jhansi is located at the junction of these National Highways: NH-12A; NH-25; NH-26; NH-75; and NH-76. Thus, Jhansi commands a strategic position in the roadways network as highways in 5 different directions diverge from it.
The towns and major cites connected to it are Datia, Gwalior, Lalitpur, Agra, New Delhi, Bhopal, Allahabad, Kanpur, Orchha, Shivpuri, Tikamgarh, Unnao Balaji, Sagar
The proposed north-south and east-west corridors of the Golden-Quadrilateral Highway project pass and cross each other only in Jhansi and the city is also well connected to Kanpur, Lucknow and Madhya Pradesh by road. The four lane national highway is at the last stage of its completion, giving a boom in infrastructure and other sectors in Jhansi and nearby areas;
Jhansi Airport is a military aviation base built in the British era used by the Indian army and political visitors. Though there are provisions for private aircraft to land, there are no civil aviation operations. There had been a demand to make it operational for commercial purposes in the 1990s and again in the 2000s. The Uttar Pradesh government announced the construction of an all new civil aviation base to support tourism in Bundelkhand in April 2011. The Indian army maintains an objection to extension of the military aviation. So, the government has examined three different places other than army aviation base for the airport in Jhansi. Gwalior Airport is the nearest airport from Jhansi.Manik Chowk [Old City) - the biggest and most important market of Jhansi. Combination of three major markets The Sarafa Bazaar, Bada Bazaar, and Purani Najhai. Ancient buildings of different styles of architecture (Chandeli, British, Maratha, Mughal, Rajputi etc.) can be viewed.
Sadar Bazar - one of the oldest markets of Jhansi City and now is the most expensive one and well known for its branded clothing stores, bakeries, and this place was used by the army cantonment and local population for business by selling goods for statesmen and other rich people.
Sipri Bazaar- one of the old markets of the City known for its vegetable market and cheap clothing goods and accessories; situated on Shivpuri Road (known to be Shivpuri Bazaar which later changed to Sipri Bazaar)
Loha Mandi- market known for steel and iron goods as well as good building materials including floor stone, marble etc.
Elite Circle - in the City Centre of Jhansi which is a junction point of five radial roads with huge number of hotels and shops
Jhokan Bagh - known for its furnished goods and furniture at reasonable prizes; however its roads are irregular and not well maintained
The Jhansi Cantonment was the site of the accommodation for British civil and military personnel in the period of British rule in India. Within the cantonment is Sacred Heart Church, a Roman Catholic church built early in the 20th century.
Many national and local newspapers are published in Jhansi in Hindi, Urdu and English:
Jhansi has two radio stations: 92.7 BIG FM and 103.0 AIR FM.
Jhansi currently has two cinema halls which are operating rest are under construction.
Sports stadiums in Jhansi are Dhyanchand Stadium; Railway Stadium; and LVM Sports Place.Maharaja Gangadhar Rao, Raja of Jhansi State, 1838–53
Rani Lakshmibai, queen consort of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao; queen 1853-58
Chandra Shekhar Azad, Indian freedom fighter
Major Dhyan Chand, Indian Army officer and hockey player for the national team of India
Amit Singhal, senior vice-president at Google Inc.,responsible for developing Google search Algorithm
Abdul Karim (the Munshi), an Indian Muslim attendant of Queen Victoria who served her during the final 15 years of her reign, gaining her maternal affection over that time
Ashok Kumar (field hockey), former player of Indian national hockey team.
Dr Saumitra Rawat, an eminent surgeon, Chairman and Head, Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplant, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. The Government of India honoured him in 2015 with the award of Padma Shri.
Tushar Khandekar, player of Indian national hockey team.
Subodh Mukherjee, director / producer / writer of Hindi cinema, his hits include Dev Anand starer Paying Guest, Munimji and Love Marriage (Some part of the movie were shooted at Jhansi with Bipin Bihari Inter college in background), and Junglee.
Dr. Sudhangsu Mohan Bhowmick, Railway Doctor (1952-80)
Subodh Khandekar, Olympian hockey player.
Maithilisharan Gupt, most famous modern Hindi poets.
Joy Mukherjee, Indian Ace Actor and Director.
Pankaj Mishra, Indian essayist and novelist.
Sashadhar Mukherjee, producer in Hindi films.
Edward Angelo, Australian politician born in Jhansi, 1870
Alexander Archdale, English actor who had a very long career in both the theatre and in film.
Michael Bates (actor), English actor. He was best known for playing Cyril Blamire in Last of the Summer Wine (1973–75) and Rangi Ram in It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–77).
Hesketh Hesketh-Prichard, explorer, adventurer, big-game hunter and marksman who made a significant contribution to sniping practice within the British Army during the First World War.
Piyush Jha, film director and screenwriter and novelist of Indian origin.
Vinod Kumar Bansal, Bansal classes, kota.
Two novels by John Masters are set in the fictional town of Bhowani. According to the author, writing in the Glossary to the earlier novel, Nightrunners of Bengal, Bhowani is an "imaginary town. To get a geographical bearing on the story it should be imagined to be about where Jhansi really is - 25.27 N., 78.33 E." Nightrunners of Bengal is set during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 at "Bhowani" (the title alludes to the mysterious distribution of "chapatis" to village headmen which preceded the revolt). Bhowani Junction is set in 1946/47 the eve of independence. In each novel the main character is a British army officer named Colonel Rodney Savage, one of a succession of such men from the same family.
Christina Rossetti wrote a short poem about the fate of the Skene family at Jhansi during the Indian Mutiny. It is entitled 'In the Round Tower at Jhansi - 8 June 1857'. It was published in 1862 in the same volume as her more celebrated poem 'Goblin Market'. Some time afterwards, Rossetti discovered that she had been misinformed about the husband and wife's suicide pact in the face of a murderous and implacable enemy ('The swarming howling wretches below' the tower walls) which is the poem's subject, but did not delete it from later editions.
Jhansi also appears as the backdrop for a portion of the George MacDonald Fraser novel Flashman in the Great Game set just before and during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.