The city of Jhansi took me by surprise during my India road trip as I had a magical experience at Jhansi. I had never expected that I will finally end up mentioning Jhansi as the city that left the strongest impression in my mind during road trip – and that too for some unexplainable phenomenon.
What I felt here is that – Some unexplainable phenomenon here, considerably and suddenly, increases the level of boldness in oneself (like 20X). I suddenly felt extremely fearless during the stay here and to a good extent I did carry it forward with me long after leaving the city too – I could clearly feel that I was leaving the magical perimeters of the place when I was moving out of the city (the perimeter was extending quite beyond the Jhansi city limits almost up to the UP-MP border towards Khajuraho). It’s tough to explain the exact experience and I just used the word boldness to roughly explain the feeling. The difference was so extreme and near sudden that I could clearly make the change in myself without doubt. One can argue that the presence of Jhansi ki Rani – Rani Lashmibai’s fort and her tales of “extreme bravery” and poems might be influencing factor – which I will not deny completely because all Indians have high regard and respect for her. But I personally felt there is possible something else also going on which was the influencing factor.
If you are visiting Jhansi, do not miss a visit to the Jhansi fort. My advice will be to hire a tourist guide during your visit to the fort and listen carefully to the famous poem of Rani Lakshmi Bai as the tourist guide recites the same. You may also want to try out some of the local sweet stalls. I am sure you will positively recall the visit to Jhansi for the rest of your life.