The Land of Bundelkhand spreads over Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. One can still witness the rugged palaces and forts. The atmosphere of this region is layered with history and tales of chivalry, valor which bear a silent testimony to the time gone by. The Bundelkhand circuit consists of five cities Bithoor, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Kalinjar, and Mahoba.
Bithoor is a small temple town situated on the outskirts of Kanpur on the bank of the Holy River Ganga. The town of Bithoor is full of a temple and some historical places like the Valmiki Ashram, Brahmavart Ghat, Dhruv Teela and Nana Saheb’s palace. The Dhruv ka Teela offers a grand view of the vast expanse of the Ganga on sunrise and sunset.
Chitrakoot meaning “the hill of many wonders” falls in the northern Vindhya Range of mountains spread over the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Lord Rama spend a major part of his exile here. This town is along the Mandakini River. People who visit Chitrakoot experience the tranquillity of peace and mind. Hanuman Dhara, Kamad Giri, Sphatik Shila and Ram Ghat are some of the places here.
The city of Jhansi is the gateway to the legendary Bundelkhand region which is known for its tales of valor and courage. The land of Jhansi is linked with legends like the Rani Laxmibai who at the age of 22 had led the freedom fight against the British and Chandra Shekar Azad, Pandit Parmanand, Bhagwandas Mahaur and others lead the freedom movement from here. The picturesque town of Jhansi has many temples and the magnificent Jhansi Fort.
The city of Kalinjar is about 280 km away from Jhansi and close to Banda. This place has the ancient fort of Kalinjar which had strategic importance during the medieval times and is situated at a height of 700 ft. The stunning Vindhya ranges give the fort a charm which lingers for long in everyone’s mind. There is also the famous Neelkanth temple which according to the legend is built on the spot where Lord Shiva emerged from the churning of the ocean, came to rest for some time.
Mahoba is a small town known for its myriad lakes and temples which are situated on hills and valley. The lakes and hilltop fort which is built by the Chandela Kings are an engineering marvel. Ballads praise the days of glory and narrate the inspiring saga of Alha and Udal who were the two legendary warrior brothers who sacrificed their lives for the honour of their land. The Sun temples at Rahila is a unique 9th-century granite structure. The architecture of this temple is similar to the temples which are found in Khajuraho.