After an eventful and exciting excursion in the jungle it was time to move on.We packed our bags and took a bus for Jhansi which is around 103 km from Gwalior by bus.It took around 3 hours to reach Jhansi as the road was pretty bad.Also a lot of time was wasted while looking for a good hotel room.It was pretty disheartening to see the condition of tourism in MP.
But nothing was going to stop us.We hired a auto and headed straight for Jhansi Fort.It was built by Raja Bir Singh Deo in 1613.Spread over a 15 acre area with 4 entrances and 10 gates.The eastern side of the fort was built by the british.There are many important constructions inside the fort namely Ganesh Mandir,Shahar Darwaza,Gulam Gaus Khan's grave,Execution Tower,Kal Kothri and Panch Mahal.It is a living testimonial to the valor and heroism of Rani Lakshmi Bai.
From Jhansi fort we visited the State Museum which was established in 1978.It has a vast collection of artifacts from early Gupta period to modern era.There was not much to see in Jhansi so we moved on to Orcha which is just 22 km from Jhansi.
Orcha is the erstwhile capital city of Bundela kings.It is renowned for the world famous mural paintings.The different attractions in Orcha are Jehangir Mahal,Raja Mahal,Rani Mahal,Chatris,Laxmi Narayan Temple.Though there are many other attractions we could not visit each of them as we had very little time and most of them were getting closed down by 5 PM.We had some evening snacks on one of the converted restaurants there and returned back to Jhansi.
We had our return tickets from Gwalior but it was impossible to reach Gwalior in time so we decided to board the train from Jhansi itself.Thus ended our momentful journey which started from Gwalior to Jungle safari in Shivpuri to old city of Jahnsi and Orcha.It was time to say good bye and hoping to come back here someday to find some more hidden attractions.