Famously known for freedom fighter Rani Lakshmi Bai, Jhansi is an integral part of India's historical past. Considered to be the gateway to Bundelkhand, Jhansi, in Uttar Pradesh, is located in the middle of two rivers. Though Jhansi is not well known for its scenic beauty, it's a delight for history lovers, photographers and explorers. If monuments and forts are what interest you on a holiday, begin with the Jhansi Fort. Located on Bangira Hill, this fort is perhaps the most important tourist site in Jhansi. If you happen to be here during February, you will get an opportunity to witness the lovely festival of Jhansi Mahotsav, when actors and dancers from all over India come together to perform plays. Do also visit the Orchha Fort, which is located in Orchha village. Known for its architectural brilliance, it's a great way to spend your afternoon. Orchha is also home to numerous temples and forts that are definitely worth your time. For a relief from the concrete structures, you can visit Rani's Amod Garden. Lush and refreshing greenery greets you and it's a great way to spend a quiet evening. Do also visit Baradari, the Hanging Tower and Shiva temple.
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Kargil War Memorial
Dras War Memorial, also known as the Vijaypath, is a war memorial built by the Indian Army, located in Dras, in the foothills of the Tololing Hill. The memorial is located about 5 km from the city centre across the Tiger Hill. It is located on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway 1D. The main attraction of the whole memorial is the Sandstone wall, in the open, which has the names of all the Indian army personnel, who laid their lives during the Kargil war besides there is also a souvenir shop. Visitors to the memorial can also see from there, some of the peaks that the Indian army captured back from Pakistan. A giant national flag, weighing 15 kg was hoisted at the Kargil war memorial to commemorate the 13th anniversary of India’s victory in the war
This is the best fort you will find in the whole state of Uttar Pradesh and is also considerd to be one of the strongest in the whole country. This was commissioned in the 16th century by Raja Bir Singh Deo of the Bundela Dynasty but is popular mainly because of the bravery of Rani Lakshmibai who is better known as Jhansi ki Rani. During the time of the Sepy Mutiny in the year 185, Rani Lakshmibai showed extreme valour though she had to die in the hands of the British. After her death even the British had to accept that they had never seen such a brave queen earlier. The British made two huge and strong armies led by the two ablest generals and the wueen of Jhansi had to die when she could not fight single handedly. The fort then went to the King of Scindias but then was again exchanged for Gwalior. The fort is much in ruins now but the might is still clearly seen. As you enter the lower gate hearing the stories of the past, you will feel a shiver running along your spine after hearing the bloodbath that took place in the same place. The Bijli tank is still inside the fort and the museum is also a place to visit. This museum mainly houses exhibits related to the history of Bundelkhand and Jhansi.