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Rani Mahal in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

Rani Mahal had actually been the palace of Laxmi Bai, the Queen of Jhansi. She chose this palace as her residence after the death of her husband, Raja Gangadhra Rao, King of Jhansi. The palace is a double storeyed building having a quadrangular courtyard with a small well and one fountain each on either side.

The palace has now been converted into a museum. The Durbar hall of the palace is beautifully decorated with paintings in bright colours exhibiting various floral, faunal and geometrical motifs. The ground floor of the palace houses stone sculptures collected from Madanpur, Barua Sagar, Dudhai and Chandpur dating from the Gupta to the Medieval periods.

The palace also houses the archaeological remains from 9th to 12th centuries that have been excavated  recently. Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh is one of the interesting travel destinations which had its own importance in the first freedom struggle of India.