City Of Gwalior, Established by Tomars in 13th century, cradles the heritage of its Ancestral lineages, As it were passed on to Mughals, to Marathas, to Scindias which give it the Mixed heritage of Traditions, Arts, Architecture and Cuisine.
This City of Heartland of India, provides Glimpses of India, bountifully, with its vast Collections of Heritage Sites and City on the step of Metropolis status.
Things to do in Gwalior
Gwalior Fort established by Tomars is Considered to be one if the most Formidable Fort in India, Being Built on a Solid Stone Outcrop, provides an Eagles’ eye View of the city lying Underneath, The Fort, popularly called “the Gibraltar of India”, overlooks the city. The Emperor Babur reputedly described it as “the pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind”. This fort’s architecture is unique. It displays a Chinese influence on Indian architecture, as Chinese dragons have been crafted at the hilt of the pillars. This influence was due to trade between China and India at the time of the fort’s construction.
Apart of its Architectural beauty, With the Modernisation of city, An Extremely beautiful Light and Sound Show is also presentd in the premises of Fort.
Gujari mahal built by Raja Maan Singh in 15th Century, On request of his Wife, Rani Mrignayani, A Gujar Princess, Considered by many as his Mistress, not rightful wife, Constructed near the Rai River.The palace was converted into a museum in 1922 and is known by the name of Central Archaeological Museum. Housing 28 galleries and around 6,000 artefacts, the museum is known for its collection of sculptures, coins, pottery, terracotta, paintings, inscriptions and weapons. The museum possesses antiques from the 2nd century to at least 300 years ago. The collection provides evidences that fifteen among the thirty one great singers of the country, including Tansen, learnt classical singing in this mahal. The museum is also popular for a huge collection of photographs including the Bagh Cave paintings and monuments of India.
A structure of about 100 ft. 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 to the temple of Prathihara Vishnu, and is filled with images of coiled serpents, passionate couples, river goddesses, and a flying Garuda. Having literally translated its name to “Oil-man’s temple”. The Temple boasts of being the loftiest structure in Fort, with a height of 30m. Temple consists Many inscriptions of Mother Goddess, but lack any type of Clear description as when and for which Deity it were created.
Jai Vilas Palace, The residential palace of Scindias (One of the Five pillars of Maratha power from Eighteenth Century), has been turned into a luxurious Museum of 35 rooms, Displaying all sorts of Awe-inspiring things from days by gone, and Some of the glorious objects from the Glorious days of Gwalior and Its rulers.
The museum is one of the largest in Madhya Pradesh and has the world’s largest chandelier and the complex is a mixture of British as well as Hindu architecture. The palace was made in 1874 as an attempt to bring the palace of Versailles to Gwalior.Treasures to please the Eyes like a candy include: a silver train with cut-glass wagons which served guests as it chugged around on miniature rails on the tables; a glass cradle from Italy used for the baby Krishna each Janamashtami; silver dinner services and swords that were once worn by Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan.
Tomb of Ghaus Mohammad, Teacher of Humayun, is situated to the eastern side of Gwalior Fort, have many structures, Including Tomb of Tansen. While Ghaus Mohammad is entity known to a few, The fables of Tansen, are as popular as anything, in his Birthplace.
Born and Raised in Gwalior, Tansen was considered to be one of the greatest musicians of india. Being a part of Akbar’s Court as ‘One of the Navratnas (nine gems), His talent was second to none.
Best Time To Visit Gwalior
You can visit Gwalior anytime as per your convience but in Summers April to June temperature rises upto 25degree celcius to 47 degree Celsius, and in monsoon July to September temperature lies between 25 degree Celsius -32 degree celsius or in winters temperature varies between 4degree celsius to 21 degree celsius.
What to Wear
You can wear anything like Salwar Suits , Sarees, Jeans T-shirts.