Gwalior ? The Land of Scindias
Gwalior avails tourists a perceptibility of past times and social legacy, situated in the heart of Central India. Gwalior is one of the most famous cities of Madhya Pradesh, assisting tourists to know the social heritage of Madhya Pradesh. Travel to Gwalior, a city extends across a range of 5214 sq. km and stands with age-old temples, architectural monuments, gallant palaces, fine statues, white sandstone mosque and other historically eminent places.
The overlooking and the most captivating structure of Gwalior is the Gwalior Fort. The fort positions on a heavy mass of sandstone that measures 91 metres in height, 3.2 km in length and 823 metres in width. Known for its old and massive forts, Gwalior Tourism is truly splendour of historians and the tourists willing to learn Central India's history.
The history of Gwalior is traced back to a legend in 8 A.D. A saint of the shepherds, Gwalipa cured a Rajput chieftain named Suraj Sen. Thus the city got its name Gwalior on the saint?s name. During a passage of time, the city changed hands with Tomar Dynasty (1398), Marathas (1754) finally taken over in mid-1858 after the death of Rani Laxmibai and Tantia Tope. Post British, Gwalior was handed over to the Scindias and it is one of the most important noble clans that still have a strong hold over this place.
Major Tourist Attractions in Gwalior
This fort is the most considerable structure of Gwalior built in 15th century by Man Singh. It is one of the biggest forts in India and is counted in Indian historic buildings. Surrounded by concrete walls of sandstone, Gwalior fort covers with three temples, six palaces and many water tanks. The magnificence and grandness of the fort entranced Mughal emperor Babar so much that he described it as the ?Pearl among the fortresses of Hind". The fort gives a wide view of the old Gwalior town.
Gujari Mahal represents the grandeur of medieval edifice. This place was built by King Mansingh as a commendation to his dear Gujar queen Mrignayni. The Mahal has an Archaeological Museum that displays an assemblage of historic period. The sculpture of Shalbhanjika from Gyraspur gets worth seeing in Gujari Mahal.
Sun Temple is one of the impressive temples just a stone throw distance from the Residency at Morar in Gwalior. Although it is not very old, the Sun Temple takes place to be one of the most revered shrines of Gwalior. This holy abode mesmerizes the locals and tourists coming to pray here.
This is the leading fascination of the fort. Built by Man Singh Tomar, Man Mandir renders an exquisite structure that displays a cognizance of pleasure. Built between 1486 ? 1516, the remains of the fort showcases the beautiful architecture of the Rajputs. Later additions were made by Aurangzeb. Near the place is a jauhar kund which has seen the mass suicide of the royal women in the 13th century AD after the attack of Iltutmish. Surrounding the fort are monuments like Gujari Mahal, Shah Jahan Mahal and Jehangir Mahal.
It is the chamber of Tansen, the father of Hindustani classical music. This burial chamber of Tansen has been designed with Mughal architectural style. A visit to Tansen's Tomb in Gwalior will enlighten tourists the cultural extravaganzas in the imperial court of the Mughals.
Best Time to Visit
Gwalior has extremes of temperatures. During the summers temperature touches to a high of 46 degrees centigrade while it drops down to a minimum of 5 degrees in wintertime. October to March is the best time to visit to Gwalior.
How to Reach
By Air: At a distance of 8 km from Gwalior, Gwalior Airport links the city with Mumbai, Indore, Bhopal and Delhi.
By Rail: Gwalior is on the main Delhi-Bombay and Delhi-Madras rail link. Among major trains, the Taj and Shatabdi Express connects Gwalior with Delhi and Agra.
By Road: Gwalior comes connected by day-to-day bus services with Agra, Mathura, Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain and Shivpuri.
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