Bundelkhand Circuit : Kalpi
About 142 km from Jhansi, it has been associated with the 1857 uprising
against the British. Situated on the bank of the Yamuna river, it is a
picturesque town rich in history and monuments. It is one of the eight great
forts of the Chandelas.
What to See
Vyas Temple, Lanka Meenar, Chaurasi Gumbaz, Ved Vyas Shrine, Ropan Guru ki
It is believed to be the place where the great sage Vyas dictated the epic
Mahabharat to Lord Ganesh.
It is made of stone and carries the descriptions of Lanka Kand from the Sri
Ram Charit Manas in the form of various figurines embossed on the Meenar.
It is built of blocks of rubble set in lime mortar. The dilapidated structure
has a lofty dome rising to a height of 60 feet. Its architectural style reveals
it to be of Lodhi origin.
Ved Vyas Shrine
Kalpi is also considered by some as the birth place of Ved Vyas, the author
of Mahabharata. At the end of 4th century King Vasudeva, a King from Kannauj,
founded this city. It is believed to be known as Kalpriyanagari in ancient
times. Thousands of years ago it was the center of Hindu culture and Aryan
civilization. The Vishnu purana suggests that Shri Vyasa Deva (Krishna
Dwaipayana Vyasa) or Ved Vyasa, son of Parashara and Satyavati and composer of
Mahabharata was born 5000 years ago in an island on Yamuna at Kalpi.
Ropan Guru Ki Samadhi
Shri Ropan Guru was born in 1540 in Unnao District. After enlightenment, he
went to forest for prayer. The aim of Guru ji was to remove darkness of the
society as stereotype, blind belief, narrow mindedness etc. His Samadhi is
located at Kalpi on Jalaunn road, where a big educational institution has come
up by an organization in the guru’s memory.
59 km from Jalaun, Rampura was once a small principality under the Kachhwaha
Rajputs of Jalaun and their ruler Raja Ram Singh. The fortified palace of
Rampura which is about 350 yrs old, is a massive handsome structure, well worth
9 kms from Rampura, Jagmanpur, once the head quarters of the Sengar Rajput
clan under Raja Rup Shah, also houses a large masonry fort. The confluence of
five rivers nearby, known as the “Panch Nada” is and added attraction for the
The two forts can be visited with due permission from the owners.
How to get there
Air : Kanpur- 70 km is the nearest airport.
Rail : Jhansi – 145 km and Kanpur- 70 km are the closest main railheads.
Road :On National Highway 25, Kalpi is well linket to major towns in the