Jhansi, Sonagiri & Gwalior
Take a leisurely drive through historic India, explore palaces, temples and forts still standing majestic with time.
The road from Orchha to Agra takes us through a virtual museum of sites that stand as testimony to India’s glorious past……..The Rani Mahal in Jhansi, once a palace, now a museum…………the seven-storied deserted Datia Palace……….9th and 10th century Jain temples scattered along the hill at Sonagiri and of course the palaces, forts and temples of Gwalior. We will stop at several of these sights on our way to Agra.
Thins to see & do
Rani Mahal, Jhansi Museum *
Jhansi was the hometown of Rani Laxmi Bai who was an important character in India's quest for freedom. It was Lakshmi Bai's strategies and single handed fight that gave the British their first blow. The Jhansi Museum, has carefully treasured the remnants of those gory battles, bloodsheds and the patriotic fervour of the people.
Datia Palace *
The palace is popularly called Govind Mahal or Govind Mandir by local people. The Datia palace is seven-storied with two floors underground.
The Palace was built by Vir Singh of Orchha and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture in India.
Datia palace is one of the great examples of Indo-Islamic architecture in India, a blend of Rajputan and Mughal styles.
Jain Temples of Sonagiri *
The famous temple for Jain Community is Sonagir Digambar Jain Teerth Temple. This temple is built at the top most point of the hill and is blessed by Chandra Prabhu Bhagwan whose statue is about 12 feet in height.
Gwalior Fort *
The Gwalior fort spreads out over an area of 3 square km, surrounded by walls of sandstone. It encloses three temples, six palaces and numerous water tanks. At one point of time Gwalior fort was regarded as North and Central India's most invincible fortress. The fort, built by Raja Man Singh Tomar in the 15th century, has seen many ups and downs In the course of almost five hundred years history as it went from one ruler to the next.
*There is insufficient time to stop at all of these sights however we will stop at several of them on our way to Agra.