The city of Jhansi took me by surprise during my India road trip as I had a great experience at Jhansi. I had never expected that the city of Jhansi will leave a permanent impression in my mind from the road trip – and that too for some unexplainable phenomenon.
What I felt is that the magical perimeter of the place, extending from the Jhansi town to quite beyond the Jhansi city limits almost up to the UP-MP border towards Khajuraho, brings a sudden change in the mind which makes one highly spirited and bold. It’s tough to explain the exact experience though. The difference was so extreme and near sudden that I could clearly feel the change in myself without any 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 may be 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.
Please comment below if you have visited Jhansi and if you had the same impression as I did.