Rani Jhansi Park comes to Life with the Sound of Childrenby Vandana Bhagra, Shimla
Shimla's famous Ladies Park aka the Rani Jhansi Park owing to the magnificent memorial - a bronze statue of the Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi riding a horse along with her child - located at its centre, is reminiscent of this fierce woman and a fair dedication to the members visiting this park, that is, women and children.
Initially this was an area that the early descriptions of Shimla of the first quarter of the 19th Century reported as full of dense undergrowth and wildlife. It then went on to hold Shimla's first hotel known as the 'Royal Hotel' which was renamed as 'Lowrie's Hotel' after the owner. The hotel burned down in the 1930s and it was decided not to rebuild it and instead in its place, the 'Municipal Park for Women and Children' was opened here on 6th July, 1937 by Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur. The park was mostly used by women and children as there was a womens' centre located within the park engaging and teaching them activities such as stitching, knitting, embroidery, and other such crafts which helped women in household works.
The fun, frolic and life returns to this park with the installation of new and interesting swirly and rolling slides, swings, monkey ladders and see-saws. A visit during the day finds this place full of energetic and enthusiastic kids, eagerly waiting for their turn for the rides. The excitement and thrill of the rides here is such that often elder kids and at times parents too are seen taking their turns.
The timings of the park are from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm in the evening and may vary during peak summers and winters.
A must for parents and tourists with kids for a fun time!!!