Gwalior

Described as the ‘key to Indostan’ by the British, its strategic location made it the cynosure for all who wanted to get a hold on India, Gwalior has always been known as a city of valour. The magnificent mementoes of a glorious past have been carefully preserved, giving Gwalior an appeal unique and timeless. And that was the origin of its massive fort. Today, this ordinary town with the fort is the most interesting place to soak in the glorious past. Gwalior's history is traced back to a legend in 8th century AD when a chieftain known as Suraj Sen was cured by a hermit-saint Gwalipa, from a deadly disease. In gratitude, he founded this city by Gwalipa's name.

 

Highlights

Gwalior Fort

The majestic monument, Gwalior Fort, in Gwalior was the nucleus of administration of the Tomars. This magnificent monument holds the history of several hundred years of different dynasties. The greatest martyrs of India Tantia Tope and Rani of Jhansi made this fort as their battlefield.

 

Jai Vilas Palace

A European style palace converted into museum, Jai Vilas Palace is situated in Gwalior. Its unique architecture, which is a mix of Italian, Tuscan and Corinthian, is quite amazing. Jai Vilas Palace is constructed by the Maharaja Jiyaji Rao Scindia and the fabulous palace is festooned with furniture.

 

Man Mandir Palace

Built in the 16th century, Man Mandir Palace at Gwalior occupies a significant place in Indian history. A heartrending ambiance of graciousness and valor of those days still loiters in the silent chambers this royal mansion. Worn out by the passage of time, the interior of the palace is nearly empt.

 

Suraj Kund

Situated in the majestic Gwalior fort, Suraj Kund is believed to be the same place where the Sage Gwalipa healed Suraj Sen, the Rajput chieftain. The history of Suraj Kund complex dates back to the 15th century. The myth behind this legendary pond is very fascinating. It says that the chronic il

 

Saas Bahu Temple

A 9th Century shrine, Saas-Bahu temple in the fort allures not only the devotees but also the tourists with its artistic value. As its name denotes, these temples are not dedicated to Sas (mother-in-law) and Bahu(daughter-in-law) but rather the short form of Shashtra Bahu, another name.

 

Teli Ka Mandir

A lofty structure of about 100 feet, Teli Ka Mandir in Gwalior fort distinguishes itself from the other compositions of its time because of its unique architecture. Though the roof of the temple holds a Dravidian look, the sculptures are typically north Indian. The temple bears a close resemblance .

 

Tomb of Ghaus Mohammed

The tomb of a 16th century sufi, the Tomb of Ghaus Muhammad, in the town of Hazira lures tourists with its exceptional beauty. An Afghan prince turned sufi, it was Ghous Mohammed who helped Babur to win the Gwalior fort.

 
 

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