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Founded by King Surajesan, Gwalior is a historic city. Earlier it was the renowned princely state ruled by different dynasties such as Rajput clans of the Pratiharas, Tomars and Kacchwahas. A host of reigning dynasties contributed the city with temples, palaces and monuments that protected the age-old cultural tradition and heritage. History of the city dates back to 8th century when Suraj Sen, a local Chieftain founded it. It is named after hermit Gwalipa, who treated Suraj Sen from leprosy.

Some of the popular tourist attractions of Gwalior include:

Gwalior Fort

Counted among the most indomitable forts in India, Gwalior Fort was ruled by several dynasties but hardly been captured. Constructed by Raja Suraj Sen on the instruction of Sage Gwalipa, it dates back about 1000 years . This majestic fort measure around 3.2 km long and has a height of 35 m . It is a vintage example of medieval architecture and known for the marvels of yesteryears.

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Man Mandir Palace

This magnificent palace built by Man Singh Tomar between 1486 and 1516. It is also referred to as the Chitra Mandir or the Palace of Paintings, known for its architectural splendour as well as painted decorations.

Gujari Mahal and Archaeological Museum

It was contributed by Man Singh who built it for his ninth Gujar wife Mrignayni. The palace is known for its design, construction and decoration that attract visitors. Now, the palace has been converted into a museum that treasures a large variety of stone carvings as well as artifacts of yesteryears.


This is famous 9th century temple constructed in Dravidian architectural style. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the oldest temple inside the fort. A statue of Garuda (mythical bird) resides atop of the 10 m high doorway.

Surya Mandir

This Sun Temple was built by G. D. Birla, the renowned Indina industrialist. The architectural pattern of this temple is based on the imitation of the Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa.

Suraj Kund

Built in the 15th century, this is a pond, situated inside the fort. Sage Gwalipa treated Suraj Sen of leprosy with the waters of the pond.

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Memorial of Tansen

This is the renowned memorial of great singer Tansen, the Father of Indian classical music. It is among the nine Gems in Akbar's court. An annual music festival in the month of November and December is held here that attracts singers and musicians from all over the country.

Mausoleum of Ghaus Mohammed

This beautiful tomb is dedicated to Afgan Prince who turned Sufi saint. He had helped Babur to win the Gwalior fort. The tomb is popular for its architectural splendour that includes stone carvings as well panels of screen work.

Saas-Bahu Temple

As the name suggests, the temple is not dedicated to Saas (mother-in-law) and Bahu (daughter-in-law) rather than the short form of Shashtra Bahu, which is another name of Lord Vishnu. The temple is also known for its elaborately decoration, wonderful sculptures and carvings.

When to Visit Gwalior

If you wish to visit Gwalior in its best season, visit it between the months of September to February.

Gwalior Shopping

Gwalior is among the oldest bazaars in Madhya Pradesh where travellers can purchase an array of things. Some of the famous shopping items include dolls, wall hangings, lacquer ware jewelry and crafts, hand-woven carpets and Gwalior style of paintings. Chanderi sari is the most popular shopping item.

Gwalior Cuisine

Gwalior is famous for its sweet and salted snacks. Morena Gazak is the most popular dish here. A crunchy and water like sweet prepared of sugar, jaggery, and sesame seeds is the specialty of this place.

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How to Reach Gwalior

Air: Regular flights link Gwalior with important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Indore and Bhopal.

Rail: Gwalior is well-linked through all the prominent railheads of India due to its location on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai rail lines.

Road: National and State highway links Gwalior with all the important Indian cities.

A sprawling city-Gwalior is a place where tradition is interwined with modernity!



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