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Rani Lakshmi Mahal

Two minutes’ walk from the roundabout below the fort, the Rani Lakshmi Mahal is a small stately home in “Bundela style” (lots of ornate balconies and domed roofs), built as a palace for the rani. The home was the scene of a brutal massacre in 1858, when British troops bayoneted all its occupants (they murdered some five thousand people in all after recapturing Jhansi from the insurgents). These days, the building is a memorial and archeological museum, with unlabelled fragments of antique stone sculpture littered around its attractive interior courtyard.