Jhansi District in Uttar Pradesh
covers an area of 5,024 sq km with a population of 1.8 million. The Pahunj and Betwa
are important rivers. Jhansi was a part of certain regions namely Chedi Rashtra, Jejak Bhukit, Jajhoti and Bundelkhand
. It was a stronghold of the Chandela kings, when it had the name Balwant Nagar. This place lost its significance in the 11th century but rose again to power in the 17th century under the able Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha. One of the most famous figures of Jhansi is the young patriotic queen Lakshmi Bai
, also known as the Rani of Jhansi, who fought against the British and became a national symbol of resistance to British rule.
There are many tourist destinations and pilgrim centers including
Jhansi Fort, Rani Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Government Museum, Barua Sagar, Maha Lakshmi temple, Maharaja Gangadhar Rao ki Chathri, Ganesh Mandir, Kaliji Temple, Murli Manohar Temple, and Panchkuniya temple.