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Gwalior is administrative headquarters of Gwalior district and division of Madhya Pradesh. The city is famous for its historical heritage and located 263 miles south of Delhi, the Capital of India. It is located in the Gird Region of India and famous for the Gwalior Fort. The city was ruled by Tomaras after which it came under the rule of the Mughal Emperors and back to the Marathas and Scindias in 1754.
The historic city is located 423 km away in north from Bhopal and comes under the administrative district of Gwalior. This city is spread over an area of about 289 square kilometers while district has an area of 5,214 km². The city plays and important role to the region as its home to the administrative head offices for the Chambal division, housing the High Court, Office of Narcotics, Accountant General, President Board of Revenue, Transport Commissioner, Commissioner of Land Records and Settlement, Excise Duty Commissioner, and National Cadet Corps among several other administrative offices.Gwalior is also home to a major Indian Air Force Station and has and Indian Arm Cantonment, Central Intelligence Bureau HO. The city is also surrounded by a major industrial zone responsible to the productions of several different products from the city.
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Experience Time: 3-4 Hours
Distance: 2 kms
Gwalior Fort is situated on an isolated rock, offering views of entire Gwalior town. Full of medieval architecture, the fort houses a number of historic buildings including Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal cum museum, Teli-ka-Mandir Temple and many others.
To highlight the importance of this fort, the Indian Postal Service has issued a postage stamp with a picture of the fort. It is one of the biggest forts in India and historical records state that it was built in the 8th century.
Known as ‘The Pearl in the Necklace of the Forts of Hind’ by the Mughal Emperor Babur, the fort attracts thousands of tourists every year. The fort was constructed in two parts; the first part constitutes the main fort that was built during the early rule of the Tomaras. Apart from this, other buildings present in the fort were constructed by Raja Man Singh Tomar for his queen, Mrignayani during the 15th century.
The groundwork for the Gwalior Fort was started by Raja Suraj Sen, around 1,000 years ago. Constructed on the advice of Sage Gwalipa, the fort witnessed the rule of various dynasties including Rajput kings, Kacchawa Pal Dynasty, Pratihara rulers, Muslim rulers, Tomaras, Lodi Dynasty, Mughals and the British.
Experience Time: 2-3 Hours
Distance: 2 Kms
The Jai Vilas Palace, also known as the Jai Vilas Mahal in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh is a symbol of age-old Indian culture and opulence, preserved in the backdrop of modern-day India. The Maharaja of Gwalior, Jayaji Rao Scindia, had this magnificent edifice built to ensure a grand welcome for King Edward VII, the then Prince of Wales. Today, it serves both as a residence for the descendants of the royal Maratha Scindia family, as well as a museum stretched over 35 rooms of the palace. Together with the Chitrangada Raje Art Gallery that showcases the artistic nerve of Gwalior, and a library that comprises of more than five thousand books, the Jai Vilas Mahal is a must-visit for history lovers who wish to engage with the rich narrative of Indian civilisation.
Each room in the regal palace contains curios of historical importance, including a collection of swords that date back to the times of Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb, and the original Dhal (shield) that belonged to freedom fighter Rani Laxmibai. The venture cost a total of INR 1 crore, which must have been quite an extravagant affair in that era. Covering a floor area of about 75 acres, the Jai Vilas Palace has an intricately designed Durbar Hall, which houses some of the world's most colossal chandeliers, gilt furnishings, and a large plush carpet. The centre operates with the vision of creating an international cultural centre for the study of Maratha dynasty.
Experience Time: 1-2 Hours
Located at the North-east end of the fort, Man mandir palace was built between 1486 and 1516 by the Tomar ruler, Man Singh Tomar. The palace couldn't survive with time, however the remains of the palace still showcases the beautiful carvings and designs of that era.
The palace has two open courts in between with apartments on two levels. There are underground prison cells as well, built later by Mughals. This was the place where Aurangzeb prisoned his brother Murad and poisoned him slowly to death by using opium. If you can find a local guide, he/she would be able to tell you various secrets about the place and show you various parts of the palace, which otherwise you won't be able to see. Nearby Jauhar Kund is the place where various Rajput women committed mass suicide to avoid rapes by the forces of Iltutmish who was the king of Delhi in the 13th century AD. The palace is also surrounded by other monuments like Jehangir Mahal, Shah Jahan Mahal and the Gujari Mahal.
Built by Man Singh in the 15th century for his favorite wife Mrignayani, Gujari Mahal is now in ruins and also an archaeological museum as it showcases various sculptures, statues and other remains dating back to 1st and 2nd century BC.
Gwalior is an exciting city with a rich heritage, and the Gwalior Zoo is just another feather in the cap. Established by the royal family Madhao Rao Scindia back in 1922, the Gandhi zoo (as it is also known) is actually a section of a larger garden known as Phool Bagh and houses various rare species of animals. Golden peasants, sambhars, bison, hyena, spotted deer, black bucks and a white tiger forms the variety of wild animals that can be found here. Several smaller populations of crocodiles, snakes, monkeys, and birds have also made the zoo their home.
Due to its inhabitation of rare species of wild animals, the 8 hectares of land that constitutes the zoo has been declared to be a protected site, maintained by the Municipal Corporation of Gwalior as part of its inheritance. The Phool Bagh was inaugurated by the Prince of Wales almost a hundred years ago, and it continues to be well-maintained and conserved even today, including the provision of good and clean habitation facilities for the animals. The Phool Garden also houses a prayer hall, gurudwara, mosque as well as a theosophical lodge.
Experience Time: 1 Hour
Teli-ka-Mandir or the Oilman’s Temple is situated within the Gwalior Fort. Historical evidence states that the temple was either constructed during the 8th century or 11th century. The temple is referred to as the oldest temple of the fort, which portrays a combination of South Indian and North Indian architectural styles.
It is a 100 feet high temple, which has influence from both Buddhist and Hindu architectural styles. No pillared pavilions and a Buddhist barrel-vaulted roof on top of a Hindu mandir represent the architectural style of Hindus. Apart from this, Chitya type of hall and torana decorations at the entrance gate are influenced from Buddhist style of architecture.
The temple was originally dedicated to Lord Vishnu but was later converted to the worship of Lord Shiva. Tourists can also witness the architectural styles of both the Indo-Aryans and Dravidians.
The entrance door has a torana or archway accompanied by beautifully decorated sculpted images. These include images of romantic couples, river goddesses, flower decoration and a Garuda. The structure of Garuda is the highest monument in the fort, which can be seen from a distance.
Distance: 4 kms
The Surya Mandir or Sun Temple is one of the most spectacular shrines as well as an architectural wonder that adorns the city of Gwalior. As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to the holy Sun God and was constructed in the year 1988 by the famous industrialist G.D. Birla. Built on the lines of legendary Sun Temple at Konark, Orissa, the Sun Temple of Gwalior is a magnificent amalgam of exquisite architecture in red sandstone and pearly white marble.
As you encounter the outer edifice, you will see the red sandstone exterior of the Sun Temple built in the manner of gradual slots that reach up to the peak of the facade. The temple sits in the midst of a lush green garden that stands in a beautiful contrast to the meticulous architecture. The interior of the temple is a serene construction in white marble and will surely fill you with a sense of calm. A splendid idol of the Sun Lord is enshrined in the temple. Although not constructed long ago, it is among the most revered shrines in the ancient city attracting tourists and devotees from all over the country in large numbers.
One of the greatest musicians of India and en eminent vocalist in the courts of Akbar in the medieval period, Tansen was also among one of the nine gems of the Mughal court.
Tansen was believed to create magic with his music and cause rains and even enchant animals by his music. He was a student of Mohammad Ghaus who taught him Hindustani classical music. He was a proponent of Dhrupad style and he developed the Gwalior Gharana style of music. He was buried near to his guru and this burial site is a beautiful piece of architecture. Annual Tansen music festival is held here every year in the month of November where prominent musicians from all over the country come and perform various classical shows.
Scindia Museum, also known as Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum, is a memorial dedicated to Jivaji Rao Scindia, one of the rulers of the Scindia reign. Jivaji Rao Scindia is a renowned ruler known for his progressive nature and contribution in constructing beautiful structures in and around Gwalior.
Established in 1964, the museum is located inside Jai Vilas Palace and is controlled by a private trust. The museum is known for its wide collection of antiques and artefacts including weapons, miniature paintings, manuscripts, sculpture and coins.
The museum also showcases cut glass and crystal ornaments, Malabar and Madurai woodwork and Persian carpets. A mechanical silver train which was used as drinks trolley can also be seen here. Chinese, Japanese and European art and curios and the gold painted Durbar Hall are other things to see.
With the blue hills of Aravalli in the background, Surajkund is an old reservoir located around 8 kilometres south of Delhi. Surajkund was constructed around the 10th century by Suraj Pal of the Tomar Dynasty, who himself was a sun worshipper and therefore built a Sun Temple on the western bank of the embankment. The word Surajkund literally translates to the 'Lake of the Sun', and the destination is presently surrounded by the ruins of an ancient sun temple, coupled with a beautiful garden and a pool by the name of Siddha Kund.
Suraj kund in Gwalior is a tank located in Gwalior fort. It is believed to have magical powers. Water from the tank act as a medicinal water that assumed to cure chronic diseases. Atmosphere around the Suraj Kund is quite attractive and well maintained which encourage the tourist to spend plenty of time. It was constructed in 15th centuary. Noticable thing of the Suraj kund is the sunset and sunrise. The historical significance of suraj kund attract large number of tourist. The place is full of peace. History reveals that the discover of gwalior city Suraj Sen, was cured from his diesease of leprosy after drinking the water from the pond.
Experience Time: 1 Day
Distance: 23 Kms
Situated around 40 km from the main town of Gwalior, Padavali is an fortress comprising many ancient temples. The temples have intricate carvings and one of the temples also have erotic carvings and hence famous as mini Khajuraho.
Overall, it's a good excursion from Gwalior to witness the grandeur of Indian architecture. These temples were discovered in 2005 as a result of excavation by the ASI and the archeological work is still going on. Most of the temples here are dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. The temples are believed to built around 8th-10th century AD and is built mainly using red sandstone.
Experience Time: 2-5 Hours
One of the largest fairs of Madhya Pradesh, this trade fair was started in 1905 by Maharaj Madhav Rao Scindia, the king of Gwalior. Spread over an area of 104 acres, the fair is held at the Mela Ground at the Race Course Road.
The fair sees a lot of visitors and the major attractions of the fair includes Hasya Kavi Sammelan, Kavvalis, cultural performances, Mushairas, music nights, etc. More than 10,000 cattles are also traded in this fair. The fair also has many fun rides for children and many food stalls which ensures a fun night here. The Mela is held every year in the month of January or February.
Distance: 1 kms
Built in the 9th century, the Saas Bahu temple attracts tourists and devotees alike. Contrary to what the name suggests, the Saas Bahu Temple does not mean Saas( mother-in-law) and bahu(daughter-in-law) but is rather a short form of Shastra Bahu, another name of Lord Vishnu.
These are two temples situated adjacent to each other and are decorated with impeccable carvings and sculptures.
Tighra Dam is located 23 km away from the city center of Gwalior and provides an awesome option to get away from the maddening crowd. A visit to Tighra Dam gifts you with a serene atmosphere and taking a look at the scenery is an experience to soak in, for a traveler in Gwalior. Enjoy some great time boating in the calm waters of the Tighra Dam. The tourism department has started a boating club too. With a moderate entry fee, you may indulge in paddle boating in the tranquil waters, enjoy speed boating if you are looking for some excitement or take the enjoyable jalpari boat ride. One interesting activity here is the Water Scooty Ride. Take delight in the picturesque scenery that surrounds the Tighra Dam and return home with snapshots to decorate your photo album.
The tomb of Ghous Mohammed is a prominent sightseeing attraction located in the old town of Hazira. Legend states that the tomb belongs to Ghous Mohammed, the Afghan prince, who later turned into a Sufi saint. According to history, the prince also helped Babur in acquiring the Gwalior Fort.
Constructed in the 16th century, the tomb originally belonged to the time of Akbar. An example of Mughal architecture, the screens of the monument have been carved and developed using the pierced stone technique. The tomb has number of chhatris that are covered with blue tiles. Moreover, the walls feature intricate carvings and latticework.
The Tomb of Ghous Mohammed is situated near the neighbouring tomb, which belongs to Tansen, a great composer and singer. Apart from being a prominent Sufi Shattari exponent and author, the Mohammed was also the spiritual mentor of Tansen.
Distance: 3 kms
Recognized by the Guinness as World's largest indoor mural, this is a privately owned banquet hall with all its ceilings and interior walls painted by a team of 6 artists led by Ashutosh Panigrahi.
The painted area is around 904 square meters and it took around a week to paint it in Feb-March 2005.
The art features on all interior walls and ceilings of a privately owned Auditorium, Shyam Vatika, which is used for Banquet purposes. The art as said was intentionally done to break a previously held record.
Music enthusiasts must visit the Sarod Ghar, which is a museum of music and has been set up in the ancestral house of the legendary Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan.
This museum houses ancient musical instruments which were used by legendary Indian musicians of the past. It also exhibits a great collection of documents and photographs and the aim of this museum is to promote Indian classical culture and music.
Centrally located on Maharani Laxmi Bai Road, Gwalior, the Dindayal City Mall is for that group of people who absolutely love high-end luxury malls. The mall symbolizes the city's progress, where one can find a plethora of international brands.
The Dindayal City Mall is great mélange of modern architecture along with the latest technology of rainwater harvesting for fountains and a waterfall, thus giving the mall a distinct identity. Now considered as a landmark in the city, this mall is developed by ARG group, Jaipur and promoted by the Dindayal Group.
It is a favorite hangout spot, especially among youngsters. Dindayal City Mall has more than 150 outlets consisting of various showrooms, restaurants, bazaars, etc. These stores include brands such Lee Cooper, Spykar, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, etc. to name a few.
Other than its historical monuments, the city of Gwalior composes of a plethora of rustic market areas and modern malls; which consist of traditional handicrafts and artifacts, handlooms and other attractive items.
Delicate and light cotton along with Maheshwari and Chanderi silk saris symbolize the handloom industry of Gwalior. Kothari shop in Sarafa Bazaar is famous for the sale of these saris. One can buy clothes in wholesale from Naya Bazaar, Dahi Mandi and also in the Gandhi Bazaar.
Beautiful designer jewelry that appeals to the eyes of many is found in Patankar Market; where several shops are dealing in designer jewelry. Intricately carved stone artifacts and carvings which reflect the rich cultural legacy of Gwalior, creative handicrafts, leather products and beautiful silk and woolen carpets are specialties of the city.
Roop Singh Stadium is a famous International cricket stadium which has hosted many international cricket matches. It was here where the first double century in the history of ODI cricket was scored by Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar in a match against South Africa.
Enjoy looking at the varied wares at Patankar Bazar, famous for its handicrafts and textiles. Find exquisite stone carving work on display here. If you are visiting Gwalior, this is a beautiful souvenir to take home. Take a break from shopping and enjoy a mouthwatering, syrupy, sticky sweet amerti. The high-arched structure of the market has little shops on both sides, selling everything from luggage and cloth bags to wooden chess sets and brightly colored traditional clothes. Try out the flat-soled traditional shoes sold here. Drop in at Mrignayani, where you can see a plethora of attractive textiles. Stand out in a group when you wear some of these prettily designed attires.
Walk through the narrow lanes of the Jiyaji Chowk Bazar, as you look around at the wares. This is a very busy market, popular among both locals and tourists. Try on the beaded necklaces in various colors and designs. Bright blues, reds and blacks with chunky lockets enliven any casual outfit. The best thing about these attractive trinkets is that they are pocket-friendly, so you can stock up on as many colors as you like, to go with any outfit. The garments sold here also find many takers, so take a look at these as well. You might find a color or a pattern that you love instantly. The architecture in this area deserves a mention because it is eclectic and shows the influence of many styles, from Russian to Chinese. Be sure to click a picture of yourself with these interesting backdrops.
Constructed in 1880 by the Scindia rulers, Usha Kiran Palace Hotel is a heritage hotel in Gwalior. The property now belongs to the Taj group of hotels in India and occupies over 9 acres of land. The stunning traditional architecture and the regal decor still maintain the aesthetic appeal of the palace. The hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant and provides all the facilities to make their guests feel like royalty.
Distance: 8 Kms
Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhod is a memorial constructed in the memory of Guru Hargobind Sahib, the 6th Sikh Guru. History states that Guru Hargobind Sahib was imprisoned in the premises by Jehangir for over two years. During the time of release of the guru, he also wanted 52 Hindu kings, who were his fellow prisoners, to be released.
Built inside the Gwalior Fort, the Gurudwara was constructed in 1970. Made up of marble and colourful stained glass exteriors, the Gurudwara is one of the significant Sikh pilgrimage sites and is visited by many tourists each year. Jehangir gave instructions that whoever holds the robe of Guru would be freed. This incident earned the Guru the title of Data Bandi Chhod.
Spread over six acres, the Gurudwara complex houses the Scindia School, Guru ka Langar with its huge dining hall and staff accommodation rooms in its adjoining compound.
Distance: 5 kms
Gopachal Atishaya Kshetra is situated in a fort at Gwalior. This place is famous for magnificent idols of Jain Tirthankars. It is one of the ancient forts of India and is said to be the gateway to Southern India from north. The number of idols on this hill is about 1500. The idols are all of different sizes which ranges from 6 inch to 57 feet in height. All the idols are carved by cutting the rocks in the hills. It looks like as if the whole fort is a big temple as all the idols have been places almost every where. Most of the idols were made in the period of King Dungar Singh & Keerti Singh of Tomar dynasty. The period of these idols is said between V.S. 1398 to V.S. 1536.
There is a very beautiful & attractive miraculous idol of Bhagwan Parsvanath in padmasana seating posture 42 feet in height & 30 feet in width. It is said that in V.S. 1557, Mughal emperor Babar after occupying the fort ordered his soldiers to break the idols. When the soldiers tried to break the thumb of the foot of the idol, a miracle occured and invaders were forced to run away. Gopachal is the place of precept by Bhagwan Parsvanath and is also the place of salvation of Shri 1008 Supratishtha Kevali. In the period of Mughals the idols were destroyed mercilessly, broken fragments of those idols are spread here & there in the fort.
The Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi Bai is located in the complex of Phool Bagh. Virangana Lakshmi Bai is a well known freedom fighter, who fought against the British for the freedom of the princely state, Jhansi.
For paying tribute and respect to the Rani, an eight metalled tall statue of Rani Lakshmi Bai has been installed within the garden. In her honour and memory, every year a fair is organised in Gwalior on 18th June.
Built in the honour of the Warrior Queen of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmi Bai, her Samadhi is a famous attraction. Other than the Samadhi, the attraction has a stunning 8 metre tall metal statue of Rani Lakshmi Bai. A fair is conducted every year in June at the location in the honour of the Queen. It is a perfect attraction for history buffs.
Chhatris of Scindia Dynasty are the memorials built in the memory and honour of the rulers of the Scindia Dynasty. The first one was constructed in the memory of Jayaji Rao Scindia in 1817 CE. The attraction is famous for its architectural beauty. The elegant domes and the beautiful pavilions made of pink and yellow sandstone amidst the lush green lawns is a must-see for tourists.
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