Gwalior is a very beautiful city located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh; it stands as the business city of Madhya Pradesh. With numerous folklore's, monuments, temples it occupies an important place in the history of Madhya Pradesh and India.
Monuments are the main tourism attractions across India and Gwalior is no different ! It has many ancient and modern monuments and other attractions that are worth seeing.
Along with all these forts, tombs and memorials, it is home to the Scindhias- a royal dynasty of Central India. While traveling to Madhya Pradesh one should never miss to travel to Gwalior which has everything to attract tourists and visitors coming from abroad.
A Brief History of Gwalior
Gwalior inhabits a strategic position in the Gird region of India, the city and Gwalior’s fortress have served as the center of several of important and historic north Indian kingdoms. It is popular for Gwalior Fort, which has been seen many dynasties changed and also is the main tourist attraction.
From the Tomaras, in the 8th century AD, it then was captured by the Mughals, then the Maratha Empire which was under the Scindias (1754). The Gwalior temple has the proof of the first existence of the number ‘zero’ (0). Gwalior had also been under by the Gupta Empire or some of their disciples, but the first historic proof shows, the fort was captured by the Hunas in early 6th century AD.
The proof for this is a stone engraving that dates back to the time of Mihirakula recording the building of a temple to the Hindu Sun God.
It is now, in India Museum of Calcutta. Afterwards, Gwalior was captured by the Empire of the Gurjar Pratihars who were from Kannauj. From engravings found, like the Rakhetra stone engraving, ancient scholars assert that Gwalior was under the control of Gurjara Pratiharas until at most, 942 AD.
Best Time to Visit Gwalior
Best time to have your vacation in Gwalior is between October-March as these days, the weather is pleasant and you can enjoy your vacation at the completest. Avoid going after or before these months as Gwalior has extreme weather and you will regret it.
Tourist Helpline Numbers
Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
Paryatan Bhawan, Bhadbhada Road, Bhopal - 462 003. Website: https://mpstdc.com/ Address HEAD OFFICE - BHOPAL Business Development & Marketing Paryatan Bhawan, Bhadbhada Road, Bhopal -462003 TEL: 0755-4027132/ 163 FAX: 0755-2779476, 2774289 Tourist Helpline (Toll Free): 1800 233 7777 Timing: (10 AM to 6 PM ) (Sunday holiday, Saturday and other holiday Half Day) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Famous Tourist Destination In and Around Gwalior City
Tomb of Jhansi ki Rani
Teli ka Mandir
Daata Bandi Chhor Gurudwara
Man Mandir Palace
Gwalior Fort- What can be said about his fine piece of architecture. The Gwalior fort was built in 8th century AD; it is standing tall on top of a hill. This fort has been ruled by many different dynasties and emperors. Whoever comes to Gwalior as a tourist must visit this famous fort.
Gwalior fort consists of two palaces and a defensive structure. This fort has always been a tourist attraction, even when it was built, kings and rulers from other dynasties came to visit it and take ideas.
British also had a lot of interest in this fort, and as you know, nothing has changed till date. But when the Mughals captured Gwalior fort, they used it as a political prison, many people were also assassinated here. The whole town can be seen from this palace making it also a great place for couple to have some quality time.
Tansen’s Tomb- Miyan Tansen is considered as ‘the father of Hindustani music’. He was also one of the nine jewels of Akbar’s court. He is still worshiped by many classical music singers and dancers. When he died, his tomb was constructed in the city of Gwalior. So, when you visit Gwalior, you should consider visiting this place and pay your respects. Every year in December, an annual festival, the Tansen Samaroh, is held in Gwalior to celebrate Tansen.
Tomb of Jhansi ki Rani- Jhansi ki Rani was one of the most influential women of India. She was the leader of the legendary Maratha Empire. She was one of the leading people in the rebellion against the British in the mid 1850’s. Her tomb is located here in Gwalior and is worth having a look because of its rich history.
Teli ka Mandir- Teli ka Mandir is built in the complex of the Gwalior Fort, this temple was built in the 8th century and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Supreme Hindu God. This temple is a marvelous fusion of North and South Indian architecture. It is 100ft high and is the highest and most famous temple in the Gwalior Fort complex. This temple has many beautiful carvings of Lord Vishnu and one of them is the highest in the Gwalior Fort.
Daata Bandi Chhor Gurudwara- This Gurudwara was built in the memory of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib, the sixth Guru of the Sikhs. It was made when he was imprisoned by Mughal Emperor Jahangir. When he was being released after 2 years, he demanded to also release 52 other Hindu Kings, who were his fellow prisoners. Jahangir was very impressed with this and accepted the Guru’s condition.
Man Mandir Palace- Constructed in the sixteenth century AD; The Man Mandir Palace of Gwalior has a noteworthy place in the history of India. A heartrending atmosphere of grace and valor of that time, even now is there inside the chambers of Man Mandir Palace.
Although, it has worn out due to due course of time, it is still very beautiful. The palace’s interior is mostly empty. The beautifully designed tiles beautify the outside of this palace. Another interesting feature of this palace is the attractive stone walls that have stone carvings.
These are located in vast chambers. One more important and interesting place in Man Mandir Palace is the Jauhar pond, where the Rajput women committed sati. The circular prison is where Murad was assassinated by the hands of his own brother.
Suraj Kund- Located in the magnificent Gwalior fort, the Suraj Kund is thought to be the same place where ‘Sage Gwalipa’ had cured the Rajput chieftain, Suraj Sen. The history of this pond has been traced back to 15th century AD.
The legend behind this historical pond is very fascinating. It is said, the long-lasting sickness of Suraj Sen was healed after he tasted this water of Suraj Kund pond. The king as a symbolic of his appreciation towards the saint who healed him, got a tank constructed, the city and also the mighty fort was named after the saint. This pond simply drags audience towards it and is also a very famous picnic spot.
Sarod Ghar- Sarod Ghar is a tiny diamond out of sight inside the streets of the city of Gwalior. Not many people of this city are even aware that this place exists. Sarod Ghar is the ancestral house of Hindustani music maestro, Amjad Ali Khan.
It has now been converted into a musical museum, the museum isvery well preserved and holds many mementos established by father of Amjad Ali Khan (Ustad Hafiz Khan). The museum explains how, Afghan harp had converted in today’s instrument, the Sarod. Many ancient instruments are also on display here; these were all achieved by Amjad Ali Khan and his father.
Kala Vithika- This place, as the name suggests, is a musical museum that holds a large variety of ancient and modern day instruments. Along with that it also has various paintings of the city and state, and also important events.
Scindia Museum- ‘Jivaji Rao Scindia’ was just one of the powerful rulers of the Scindia reign. And many structures built by him increase the beauty of this place, and also the tourists. The Scindia Museum, formally known as Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum is situated in the royal Jai Vilas Palace, this Museum was established in the year 1964 and is currently under control of a private trust.
This museum is open on all days except Monday. Scindia Museum has a very big range of articles and objects on display including weapons, miniature paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, bronzes and historical coins. Many-many other things are displayed here, from all over the world and are definitely worth having a look at.
How to reach Gwalior ?
The Gwalior airport is approximately 8 kilometers from the middle of the city. On average, it will cost you 150 Rupees if you go by taxi. Several agencies that deal in air travel mostly fly from Gwalior en route for cities like Indore, Bhopal, Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, and Jaipur & Varanasi. The main airport after Gwalior city is the Delhi International Airport that is 319 kilometers away.
The railway station of Gwalior is a primary rail station in the Delhi to Mumbai and Delhi to Chennai railway line and it is linked to practically all cities like Mumbai (Mngla Lksdp Exp), Delhi (Ndls Shatabdi E), Chennai (Chennai Rajdhni), Kolkata (Chambal Express) and Bangalore (Karnataka Exp). The railway station is to be found in the middle of the city.
Being one of the most important cities of the region, Gwalior has a very good network of roads and highways. It is easy to go to Gwalior from any place in India. Every type of bus has a depot here. The main highway to reach here is by National Highway 79.
Where to Stay in Gwalior ?
Gwalior is a proper tourist city, so it is obvious that the hotel chain business here is bursting and is rapidly growing day by day. So, when you choose a place to stay for a week or two, it should be the right one. In which you will be comfortable and have a nice view out the window. Below are written some famous hotels with a reasonable price and unmatched quality.
Park Inn by Radisson, Gwalior Racecourse Rd, beside DB Mall, near Railway Station, LNUPE Campus, Kampoo, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474002•0751 423 0000Fab
Hotel Royal Aanandam - Hotel in Gwalior Junction Railway Station, Gwalior House no 39, Shri Krishna colony, behind platform no 4, Padav, Laxman Pura, Near Railway Station, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474002•070424 24242
JUSTSTAY HOTEL PACIFIC 34, Pacific Tower Near Circel Office Punjab national Bank, City Center, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474002
Hotel Galaxy N-13, E-13, Gandhi Nagar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474002
While traveling to Gwalior, the points below have to be kept in mind to enjoy hassle free journey in this historical city of India.
Book a hotel in advance of your choice
Always carry an identity proof with you
Avoid entering lonely places and deserted lanes
Remember to save many emergency numbers on your phone
Carry your documents with you
Transportation in Gwalior
Like all cities of India, the main public transport
in Gwalior are the three-wheelers, locally called auto-ricksaws. Other
transportation are the local buses and taxis. They fare is relatively
low and uou won't need any private transport if you are a tourist
Where to Shop in Gwalior ?
The city has always been popular for its markets. The main ones being Patankar bazaar, Arihant emporium, Sarafa market, Dindayal city market, etc.
You can buy some of the most beautiful pieces of stone studded jewelry from Gwalior. Apart from that shop for beautiful purses and other handicraft items. Traditional sarees of the region is worth in terms of price and quality of material.