What started as a fort become modern day Gwalior a historic city in Madhya Pradesh that has conserved its glorious past to perfection. For a traveler, Gwalior is a city not important from historical but religious angle as well. Gwalior is home is several temples and palaces that are fine example of architecture dating different eras like Mughal, Rajput with mix of Chinese and Russian art as well.
Being well-connected to major cities in India, traveling to Gwalior is easy. There are enough hotels in Gwalior to accommodate tourists who appreciate history and architecture marvels of India. The glory of Gwalior lies in its amazing monuments. While some are carved out of stone others are made of sandstones. These monuments are the lifeline of Gwalior tourism.
Gwalior has rich tradition and culture. It is proud home of Scindia royal family, which still resides in the city. But the most notable person from Gwalior is Tansen, the famous musician, perhaps the best India has ever produced, who used to perform for Mughal Emperor Akbar. Today, the city hosts a annual cultural event as a tribute to this great musician.
A visit to Gwalior is a great way to learn the history of India. The cultural aspect and architectural marvels in Gwalior are enough to make your visit a memorable one.
Traveling to Gwalior between October and March would make your stay pleasant. Become of mild weather, you can travel around Gwalior and visit all popular attractions in the city. The average temperature during winter is 14–16 degree that can drop to 5-8 degree during January.
Summer would be extremely warm to travel Gwalior. Temperature during summer could soar up to 45 degrees. Tourists should also avoid monsoon season. The torrential rainfall takes toll on the city roads and sparks fear of disease outbreak.
Gwalior Fort - One of the biggest forts in India, Gwalior Fort is situated on hilltop overlooking the Gwalior city. The fort is most visited attraction of Gwalior. Tourists from all corners of India come to Gwalior to see this fort. The fort has reputation of being invincible. The great Mughal rule Babar described the fort as "pearl in the necklace of the forts in Hind".
Gopachal Parvat - A Jain pilgrimage site located near the Gwalior fort. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanath. The 47 feet high statue of Lord Parshvanath is the largest in the world. There are 26 Jain statues at Gopachal Parvat, all impressive work of art.
Tomb of Rani Lakshmibai - The brave queen was ruler of Jhansi and played important role in the first movement of Independence in India that started in 1857. She suffered major defeat in the war of 1857 against British rule. She refused to be captured by British empire, fled Jhansi while badly injured. The phoolbag area of Gwalior is where she died which is also her burial place. She insisted that even her dead body should not be found by the Britishers.
Vivsvaan Mandir - The Sun Temple keeps the trend of paying homage to Sun god that was started with magnificent temple in Konark. Vivsvaan Mandir receives huge number of tourists and devotees to pay homage to Sun god.
Jai Vilas Mahal - The Palace was the former residence of royal Scindia family of Gwalior. Jai Vilas Mahal has been turned into a museum, the largest in Madhya Pradesh. The collection of artifacts and ancient gadgets at the museum are well worth the visit. The palace has resemblance with Palace of Versailles.
Chatrri's of Scindias - This is the burial ground of several memebers of royal Scindia family of Gwalior. Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia, Vijayaraje Scindia and Jivajirao Scindia all were buried at this place.
Gujari Mahal - The Raja Man Singh built the Gujari Mahal for his Queen Mrignayani. This impressive architectural wonder has become a archaeological museum. Some artifacts on display dates back to 1st century. The main attraction of the museum is Shalbhanjika, statue of tree goddess. The statue is not on display and could only be seen after requesting the curator of museum.
Saas Bahu ka Mandir - These twin temples are not dedicated to Saas (mother in law) or Bahu (daughter in law). In reality the temple is dedicated to Sahasrabahu form of Lord Vishnu.
Sarod Ghar - People interested in music will enjoy a visit to Sarod Ghar. The museum is dedicated to Ustad Hafiz Khan, a notable sarod player. Inside the museum are several ancient music instrument used by some famous musicians of India.
Tansen's tomb - The greatest musician of India, Tansen was born in Gwalior. Tansen's tomb is dedicated to this great musician who used to play of Emperor Akhbar. The world-famous Tansen Sangeet Samaroh, takes place at this tomb.
Tomb of Mohammad Ghaus - Another popular attraction of Gwalior is Tomb of Mohammad Ghaus. The tomb is dedicated to Muslim Saint, Mohammad Ghaus. The beauty of tomb and impressive stone carvings draws tourists to this monument.
There are some nice hotels in Gwalior despite the fact that the city is not so popular tourist destination. Majority of hotels in Gwalior are in Mid Budget range. Some popular hotels are: Usha Kiran Palace, Hotel Surbhi, Hotel Gwalior Regency, Hotel Landmark and The Central Park. Here is the complete list of hotels in Gwalior.
By Air - Gwalior Airport is well-connected with Delhi and Mumbai, although there are no daily flights to Gwalior. Air India is the main airline that operates in the region. It connects Gwalior with Delhi, Mumbai and Jabalpur.
By Train - The best way to reach Gwalior is by train. Thanks to the Indian Railways, trains to Gwalior are available from every part of India. It takes only 3 hours to reach Gwalior from Delhi thanks to super-fast New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express. You can also get trains from Jammu, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Dehradun etc.
By Road - There are 2 National Highways that connects to Gwalior. National highway No.3 connects Agra, Delhi and Mumbai to Gwalior while National Highway No.75 connects Jhansi to Gwalior. There are buses from Delhi to reach Gwalior.