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Gwalior Travel Guide

The important historical city of Gwalior is known for its interesting past royal connection and houses a number of famed attractions, popular amongst tourists from all around.


  • Gwalior city in Madhya Pradesh
Gwalior At a Glance
  • Population:1,123,505
  • Area :362 sq.kms
  • Geo Location:Central
  • Average Climate:9°C - 32°C
  • Best Time to Visit:October - March
  • STD Code:0751

Introduction

Gwalior is one of the most impressive cities in India snuggled in the Madhya Pradesh. The beautiful city enjoys an interesting ambiance appealing to visitors. The old world charm, historical monuments and its progressive development goes side by side alluring visitors with a charming treat to your senses. Blessed with fine examples from history this city is a unique and timeless example of a glorious past waiting to be explored.

Gwalior's history has roots in a legend. In the 8th century, a local chief by the Suraj Sen was critically ill and was cured by a hermit called Gwalipa. In gratitude, he fulfilled the wish of building a city which he named after the saint. Since then the city has a tradition of being a capital city. It has been Scindias royal seat till India’s independence. Gwalior was among the five princely states in the country which enjoyed a 21 gun salute during the British rule. Along with Hyderabad, Mysore, Jammu and Kashmir and Baroda, Gwalior held importance within British India.

Visitors in Gwalior are left spellbound by the numerous amazing palaces, sacred temples and museums. Tourists from all over the world visit the place to explore the rich heritage of this former princely state. The amazing fort of Gwalior is a highlight of the city tour. The majestic fort is one of the largest forts in India. The Man Mandir Palace, Gujari Mahal, The Sas-Bahu Temples of  11th-century temples of Lord Vishnu, Teli-ka-Mandir is a 300-metre-high Vishnu temple of the 9th century are some interesting sights. Also do not miss to check out Suraj Kund, Tansen Memorial, and the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus, Kala Vithika, Surya Mandir, and Scindia Museum. Gwalior is also associated with Tansen, one of the nine gems of Emperor Akbar’s court. The city is known as the birthplace of Tansen and the resting place of the musical genius. One of the oldest gharanas or schools of Hindustani classical music exists here. Sarod Ghar, the first ever museum dedicated to Indian musical instruments is a must visit sight in the city.

The ‘Fort City’ Gwalior can be visited throughout the year. The best time to visit are the winter months starting from late October to March. Numerous music festivals are scheduled this time of the year appeasing guests in the city. Summers and monsoon is generally avoided.

Gwalior treats its guests to comfortable accommodations. There are a lots of deluxe, luxury and budget options. You can easily avail hotels in Gwalior with us. The charming city is exquisite for the foodie delights and the shopping pleasures. Do not miss to explore markets to experience the vibrant life of the city.

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