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Gwalior

Gwalior situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh, around 321 km from Delhi, Gwalior holds a special position in the chapter of Indian history. Gwalior got its name from a famous saint Gwalipa who cured the Kachwaha clan chieftain from Leprosy. The history of Gwalior dates back to 8th century. Due to its position right between north India and south India, the city was captured many times by different dynasties like Tomars, Lodhis, Mughals and Marathas to gain power of this strategic location.
Many battles have been fought on this soil and numerous heroes have been lost here. This princely state still retains its royalty with Scindias having their dynastic seat here. This city now is seen as a symbol of valor, strength, and glory. You can visit this state at any time of the year however October to March season is the best. Summers in the city are a bit harsh as the temperature can easily sore above the 40 C mark. Similarly the winters here are a bit nippy with temperature dropping to single digits regularly.

The city is quite famous for the Tansen Music Festival that is held here every year in the month of November and December. Many renowned prodigies of classical music perform here attracting huge number of music lovers. The festival takes place at the famous Tansen Memorial. When you are exploring the charms of Gwalior, shop for exquisite handicrafts and antique showpieces that are great memorabilia to take home. There are many government run shops inside the Gwalior fort as well which offer a huge variety.

Tourist Attractions

Gwalior Fort

Not only Gwalior, but this fort also is the pride of entire Madhya Pradesh. Built by Raja Man Singh Tomar, Gwalior Fort has dominated the skyline of Gwalior since 15th century. Intricately designed, this was virtually an unconquerable structure, probably the safest in entire India. The beauty of its might fascinated many rulers and the fort became the subject of many poetic works. Babar, the famous Mughal ruler, once tabbed Gwalior Fort as 'the pearl amongst the fortresses in India.
The overall area covered is around 3sq. km. and the longest length is 2.4 km from north-east to south west. The walls of the fort are built of solid sandstone, which rise to a height of 35 feet. Gwalior Fort is a possessor of very unsettled history. The location of the fort was very strategic and many rulers tried to take control of this beauty. It has stood witness to numerous bloody battles that have taken the lives of many heroes. The fort has come under the rule of many dynasties after Tomars built it. Tomars were succeeded by Mughals, Marathas and British. The plains around the fort were the center of turbulence during the first war of independence in 1857. It was here legendary soldiers like Tantia Tope and Rani Lakshmi Bai were defeated by the British. The British later gave the hold of the fort to Scindias.

Inside the high walls of the fort, you will find few of the most stunning temples and palaces. The entrance to the fort itself will set the ball rolling. Gates to the fort are huge, majestic and highly impressive. There are three magnificent temples bounded by the walls of the fort. The most important of them all is Teli Ka Mandir. This 9th century temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple towers to a height of 100 feet making it the highest building in the fort. The roof of the temple displays Dravidian architecture, whereas the walls show strong resemblance to Indo-Aryan architecture style. 9th century Chaturbhuj Temple which is also dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and Saas Bahu kA Mandir are the other two temples in the fort. There are many palaces as well inside the fort like Karan Palace and Jehangir Mahal. But the best of them all is the Man Singh Palace that has walls and floors decorated with brilliant collection of tiles and colors. The palace is divided into four levels. The several old age water tanks are also something to look out for.

Teli Ka Mandir

This magnificent temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Built in 9th century, the temple is one of the oldest temples in Madhya Pradesh. Situated in Gwalior Fort, the temple is more than 100 feet high making it the highest building in the fort. The structure perfectly embodies architectural styles of Dravidians and Indo-Aryans. The roof of the temple is built in Dravidian style whereas the walls and the decorations on it are predominantly Indo-Aryan. Like in other temples built in the same era, there are no mandapams or pillared halls in this temple, which is quite surprising.
Jai Vilas Palace

Jai Vilas Palace

Jai Vilas Palace has turned out to be a great landmark for Gwalior City. This magnificent palace currently serves as a residence to the Scindia Family. The Palace from both inside and outside gives us a peek into the luxurious lifestyle of royal people in India. The structure of Jai Vilas Palace is Italianate to which, Tuscan and Corinthian architectural style add extra grandeur. The Durbar hall inside the palace is the main attraction.
There are two mammoth chandeliers on the ceiling of this spacious room that weigh a couple of tonnes. Before they were on the ceiling, 10 elephants were used to examine the strength of the roof. Other attraction of the palace are a silver Buy Train with cut glass wagons which served guests as it moved around on miniature rails on the table. The Scindia Museum also showcases swords worn by Aurangazeb and Shah Jehan, jeweled slippers of Chinkoo rani and many personal momentoes of Scindia Family. This 35-room museum is open on all days except on Mondays from 10 AM to 5 PM.

How to Get Reach

By Air

Gwalior has its own airport and receives regular flights from Delhi, Bhopal and other major cities of India. Air Deccan, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara and Alliance Air are the major operators in Gwalior.

Buy Train

Gwalior railhead is an important station on Delhi - Mumbai and Delhi - Chennai routes. All major Buy Trains have a stop in Gwalior.

By Road

Gwalior is well connected to all the cities of Madhya Pradesh by regular state transport buses. There are buses coming to Gwalior from Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh.