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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282 Kms from Jhansi
Best time to visit - November to February
Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is the architectural hub of Northern India, and also the second largest city in Northern India.The city is famous for its culture, music, poetry, technology, finance, pharmaceuticals & embroidery works including chikankari.This city has got many names like "The city of Nawabs", "Golden city of the East", "Shiraz-i-Hind" & "Constantinople of India". It is a very vibrant city and attracts many tourists throughout the year.The city experiences a cool dry climate during November to February and in this part of the year, the city stays overcrowded as more tourists visits the city at this time. Lucknow is crowded with buildings showing fascinating architectural styles of the ancient times, most of these buildings were built during the Mughal or the British rule. Lucknow is the habitat of people of different cultures and languages known for their polite way of speaking.
198 Kms from Jhansi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Home to the seventh wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is best explored on foot or rickshaw or a rented bike. Renowned worldwide as not only a mausoleum but an epitome of love, the Taj Mahal is profusely crowded during the day till evening. If you're looking to escape the crowd, however, the city's Mughal beauty can be enjoyed from several rooftops and secret locations in the city, or at an early morning yoga session just 100 metres away from the monument. If you want to go further, why not go into the depths of its history through the light and sound shows and plays at the Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Centre. Agra annually hosts the 10-day festival, Taj Mahotsav, a rostrum for culture and colour in the month of February, known for celebrity performances, food stalls and a creative congregate of about 400 artisans across the country showcasing their exquisite art and craft items. Agra easily competes with Delhi's Mughlai monopoly with decade old restaurants such as Bilal Restaurant and Hyderabad Handi, while the Agra cant area houses local food. Speaking of local, Korai village remains a lesser known location, which can give you an entirely different experience and a chance to interact with villagers. Travelling through this beautiful necropolis, one can also enjoy quiet spots, wholesome with nature such as the Keertham Lake and the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, before signing off with a visit to the Agra Fort, I'timad-Ud-Daulah (also known as baby Taj), Chini Ka Raza and Akbar's Tomb, architectural tributes to Mughal history, admired above and beyond India.
271 Kms from Jhansi
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Considered to be one of the greenest cities in the country, Bhopal, is a place that one cannot afford to leave off their tourist trail. Adorned by many natural and as well as manmade lakes and water bodies, Bhopal is often referred to as the City of Lakes. The city is home to a number institutions and places that are of great national importance. The city houses ISROs Master Control Facility and the famous National Institute of Technical Training and Research (NITTTR), AIIMS and BHEL. The city has a number of attractions that lure many a tourist to tread along its roads. If one does plan a visit to this city, do not forget to pay a visit to the Bhimbetka Rock Caves, the superb artificial Upper Lake, try out the food at the historic Lazeez Hakeem Restaurant and visit the many mosques here. An unfortunate incident in December 1984 propelled Bhopal into the international arena. The case of the Union Carbide India Limited, a plant that manufactured pesticide, saw the leakage of a poisonous mixture of gases, especially methyl isocyanate that lead to the great disaster. Nevertheless, the city is clean now and promises one a great visit.
244 Kms from Jhansi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The melodious chorus of temple bells, the sweet fragrance of incense and the positive energy in Mathura city all come together to offer you an experience unlike another. The most popular temple in the birthplace of Shri Krishna is the Dwarkadesh Temple, which is home to a lovely shrine of Lord Krishna and Radha among other deities. And if you happen to visit the temple during the festivals of Janmashtami, Diwali and Holi, you'll be in for a huge surprise. The energy of the temple and the city will take you by storm and you will fall in love with the small energetic town. The culture of Mathura is perhaps what attracts people to this lovely town rather than its mythological importance, though one can't deny or undermine its mythological significance. Among other places to visit, you can head to Vishram Ghat, Rangji temple and Govind Deo temple. Sacred for both Jains and Buddhists, Mathura sees people from across the world. A meeting point for people from all cultures, there is much to learn and explore in this lovely city. Finding a place to to stay here is not a problem at all since there are a number of small dharamshalas as well as luxurious resorts.
251 Kms from Jhansi
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
The more one hears about Vrindavan, the more beautiful and alluring the small town becomes. The birth place of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan is visited by tourists from all over the world. With its colourful streets and crowded lanes, this small town may not offer you a respite from the chaos of the cities, but it certainly gives you an experience unlike any other. Located about 11 km from Mathura, a perfect trip should see you combine an excursion to both these towns together. The more popular temples here are the Madan Mohan Temple, near Kali Ghat, Meera Bai Temple and the lovely Prem Mandir. Dedicated to love and situated about 10 km from the centre of town, this is a must visit! Most temples here are dedicated to Lord Krishna and significant episodes in his life. If this is your first visit here, do a little research and speak to locals before deciding which temples you'd like to visit. There are tons of hotels and guesthouses in Vrindavan, and you can decide your hotel according to your budget and choice.
202 Kms from Jhansi
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
A World Heritage Site, Fatehpur Sikri is perhaps the best way you can spend your weekend if you are around Agra or Delhi. The fortified city is a great place for history buffs, photographers and explorers. Though two days here may be a bit much, you can easily spend a day here exploring its many treasures. Do visit Panch Mahal and the Buland Darwaza located within the city. If you'd like to hire a tour guide, do make sure you have a conversation with him before hand, lest you are pulled into a tour without any information. If possible, do also speak to locals there, just in case there are a few spots you can explore besides the popular sightseeing spots. For foodies, the Lake View Resort is a great option to enjoy an afternoon amidst nature and delicious food. Should you have more time on your hands, do also visit Sikri and the lively bazaar below Fatehpur Sikri. Not only does the bazaar make one happy with rows and rows of lovely shops, it reminds one of Rajasthan's colourful marketplaces. Fatehpur Sikri is around 40km from Agra and can be reached by buses, taxis and train.
303 Kms from Jhansi
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Situated close to the vibrant city of Jaipur, Alwar is a perfect weekend getaway. Home to the wonderful Sariska Tiger Reserve, the grand City Palace and the stunning Siliserh Lake, Alwar offers you a mix of history, architecture and nature. Though the Sariska Tiger Reserve is perhaps the best way to spend your time in Alwar, you can also spend a little time exploring the lake and Government Museum. When visiting the reserve, do book a safari in advance lest you miss out on a great slot. Early mornings and early evenings are the best way to explore the reserve. Boasting of tigers, including the Bengal Tiger, the reserve is home to the Indian Leopard, Indian Jackal, Sambhar and Wild Boars. Of course, you'll also spot monkeys making a ruckus and a crowd of Neelgais and that is quite fun to watch as well. Avoid eating anything while on the safari since it's a strict no. The Siliserh Lake is another lovely spot where you can indulge in a bit of boating and a delicious lunch. The food here is a bit on the expensive side but it's totally worth it. While here, you can also take a trip to City Palace. You may feel that there are tons of palaces around Rajasthan that are way more beautiful, but this one has its own charm. Away from the chaos of the main city, it offers you a respite from dilapidated, ill maintained forts. Do try food at one of the restaurants in the city. Not only is the food delicious, the hospitality is warm and adds to the meal.
225 Kms from Jhansi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
If you are looking for a rejuvenating getaway from the capital city of Delhi, Bharatpur is a great option. Very well known for Keoladeo National Park, this small town has become home to a number of homestays and guesthouses. Perfect for a couple of days to experience a mix of adventure, history and hospitality, Bharatpur is a welcome change from other crowded weekend spots. Though the best time to visit this town is during winter, early summer is a great option as well. Make sure you book your guesthouse in advance lest you miss out on a great staying option. The Keoladeo National Park is huge and will take you an entire day to explore it. Cars are not allowed inside the park, but you can either hire a bicycle or a rickshaw to take a look around the park. Cycling gives you the opportunity to discover small corners and nooks that rickshaws can't take you to. The park is perfect for birdwatchers and also wonderful to explore for photographers and nature lovers. There is not much to eat inside the park besides a few snacks, coffee and tea. Do have a meal before you head inside the park. Besides the park, you can spend the afternoon at Bharatpur National Museum or Deeg Palace. If you are short on time, you can choose to spend a little time here and most of your time at the park. Hotel Sonar Haveli is a great place to stay if you are in the mood for a luxurious holiday, or Jungle Lodge if you are looking for some quiet time.