Touring India: Jhansi Fort

Touring India: Jhansi Fort

Touring India: Jhansi Fort

Today was the first day I got a taste of Indian sunshine.
Just before noon, I got a call from DN, asking me to meet him downstairs. I looked at myself in the mirror one last time before I grabbed my room key and my purse. I opened the door to leave, flipped around and locked it behind me. As I went downstairs, I searched for him. I looked ahead, and I could see that he was standing just outside the hotel doors. I passed reception on my way out, and Uncle smiled, saying “Good morning.” I waved, smiled and wished him a good morning as well. Such a nice man.

When I opened the door, the air didn’t seem much warmer than yesterday… Until I was standing in the sunshine. Wow. I have to admit that a few days of being trapped in a hotel room and otherwise enduring cloudy days, made me want to stretch out and bask in the sun. What a great feeling! I greeted DN, and introduced myself to Via. DN informed me that we would be walking to our destination. I said, “Okay. Let’s go.” We left the parking area of the hotel and merged right into oncoming traffic. Still so strange for me. Everyone was out today. DN asked me if I’d like a taxi. I said, “No, I’m okay with walking.” We continued walking for a few minutes more. I’m not sure what made him decide to, but he signaled a taxi anyway. By the way, when people talk about a taxi in Jhansi, they mean an auto rickshaw. At least, that’s what I have come to understand.

An example of an auto rickshaw.

An example of an auto rickshaw.

We made our way to the fort, made our way inside, and began the great exploration.

The halls of Jhansi Fort. Just a beautiful shot of the grounds below. ♥ A beautiful view, from the top of the Jhansi Fort. The Indian flag at the top of the fort. ♥ Look at that. 😀 Via pointed this out. “DN”

DN, Via and I made our way to the Shiva Temple. After looking for it for so long. 😀 We finally found it. I was pretty worn out at this point, but I’ve always wanted to pray at a Shiva Temple. Via was kind enough to hold my things, while DN and I entered together. I studied the way DN prayed. I wanted to do the same things he did… I asked him, later, to show me how to pray the way he prays. ♥

Here’s the outside view of Shiva Temple. I didn’t know if it might be considered disrespectful to take pictures of the inside of the temple. So I decided not to, to be safe.

We also stopped by the Temple of Ganesh. I wanted to get closer, but I wasn’t sure how close I could get. I said my prayer to Ganeshji and we were on our way.

Temple of Ganeshji

Jhansi Fort is a special historical place that tells one of my favorite stories: The story of Jhansi ki Rani – The Queen of Jhansi. Read more about that story here: Rani Lakshmibai

Over all, the experience was awesome! I just became too hot, and needed water constantly. I’ll be better prepared to handle the heat, next time!

On our way home. You can bet I was grateful for the taxi now.

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