Gwalior Fort
Gwalior Fort
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  • Abhishek_229
    Mumbai, India55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gwalior Fort
    Historical place to see the pride of the Indian Hindu royal family. Fort is very old but it's beauty still attracts tourists. Within this fort 5 Mahal are constructed by different kings in their ruling period. A must visit place in gwalior.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 12, 2023
  • nirajsomaiya
    Singapore, Singapore921 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding place and outstanding guide Suresh Ji +91 9893052492
    We went with our guide Sureshji who is so knowledgeable about the place. It is most beautiful palace ever I have seen. It is build in 1486 to 1516 period . The rooms especially the Sangeet room , Johar room , fassi room are worth seeing. The fort also has Jahangir and shah places. The museum is a must. In my 20 years of travel never meet a guide like Suresh ji . He is been in the field for 20 years and MA in history and fully certified guide. Suresh ji is a kohinoor
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 31, 2023
  • AlgarveMon
    Albufeira, Portugal307 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Fort overlooking the city
    Amazing history linked to this fort. It’s a must see with a good guide. The structure is very powerful overlooking the city. Best visited early morning. The recent light show in the evening is definitely worth going to. Brings the story alive
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2024
  • Rupa Mehta
    Mumbai, India45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning architecture combined with clever engineering!
    The fort has been standing tall and proud since the 15th century. I expected ruins but it's a largely intact fort. It looks regal with is beautiful and elegant facade. And yet its defences were way ahead of their time! The detailing work on the outer walls is exquisite with some of the original colours still visible! The Gwalior fort took us by surprise with the gorgeous rooms, the clever architecture that ensured that the rooms inside the fort remained cool inspite of soaring hot temperature outside, the ventilation system that delivered fresh air to the innermost chambers! The fort is to be seen to be believed! It was a girls trip that I was on with my two dear friends and we enjoyed seeing the fort. I highly recommend visiting this fort if you're planning on visiting Gwalior. Do take the services of a guide for added information.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 7, 2024
  • Lifeworld
    New Delhi, India59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gwalior Fort
    Its a wonderful experience. Amazing fort. So many levels. Exciting small tunnnels. Fantatic view from the ramparts. The condition of the fort was very good and the guides available were very weel informed of the history of the fort and had interesting small nuggets of information to share. I would recommend always taking a guide.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 11, 2024
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Kasturi S
New Delhi, India23 contributions
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Dec 2022
One of the most important landmarks in Gwalior. We were amazed at everything we saw. If anyone is driving upto the fort would recommend to take the longer route through MLB (Maharani Lakshmibai Road) and through the city (6 Kms from MLB Road) instead of taking the shorter route from the walking entry gate (3kms from MLB Road). The shorter route is extremely narrow and congested. If you take an auto upto the fort they will not be allowed to enter the main gate. it is recommended to hire a car if you don't have your own vehicle as there are multiple points to visit within the fort complex, which are not a walkable distance from each other.
Written January 3, 2023
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Visanu E
Bangkok, Thailand12 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Friends
The buildings are quite well maintained. They are good examples of pre-Islamic Indian architecture. The iconographies are based on Hinduism. The place has a rich history, starting from the legend of the rock on which the fault is built, to the stories of the conquerors. A guide is highly recommended or else the traveler will miss the significance of each part of the complex.

The attached museum is small but contain beautiful sculptures worth seeing.
Written January 3, 2020
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A Choudhury
New Delhi, India112 contributions
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Feb 2021
The mighty Gwalior Fort stands on a 100 meter high sandstone rock. The main palaces in the fort are Man Singh Palace, Gujari Mahal, Karan Mahal, Vikram Mahal, Jahangir Mahal and Shahjahan Mahal. There are a few temples in the fort complex such as Sun Temple, Teli Ka Mandir, Chaturbhuj Temple and Sas Bahu Mandir. There are also quite a few tanks, cisterns, baoris and wells.

Man Singh Palace: It was built by Tomar King Man Singh Tomar in 1508 AD. There are a total of 4 storeys in this palace of which 2 storeys are underground. A beautiful panoramic view of Gwalior city can be seen from the top.

Vikram Mahal: It was constructed by King Man Singh's son and heir Vikramadity. It has a simple architecture.

Jahangir Palace & Shahjahan Palace: Both of these palaces were constructed during the Mughal dynasty. One entrance opens to the Jauhar Kund and other to the Vikram Mahal.

Johar Kund: Rajput women committed suicide in this tank at the time of attack by Iltutmis in 1232 AD.

Archaeological Museum: Don't miss this small museum, it has some interesting collection.

Sas Bahu Temple: The construction of the temple was started by King Ratanapala and was completed during the reign of King Mahipala in 1093 AD. Beautiful architecture, don't miss this! You can have a beautiful view of Gwalior city from here.

Teli Ka Mandir: It was built during the reign of King Mihira Bhoja of the Pratihara dynasty. This temple has a height of around 30 meters.

Gurudwara Shri Data Bandi Chhor Sahib: Nice, calm and peaceful place. Definitely worth a visit.

Useful Information:

1. Hiring a guide is recommended who can explain every history and detail associated with this fort.
2. The access to the fort is quite steep. However, private vehicles are allowed to go till the parking area, there is ample space for parking.
3. You have to walk quite a bit to reach Sas Bahu Mandir, Teli Ka Mandir and Gurudwara which are located some distance away from the main fort complex.
4. Minimum 3 - 4 hours are recommended for a complete tour if one is interested in history and wish to visit all the places associated with this fort.
Written May 11, 2021
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keith h
Chesham, UK1,173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Fort itself is hugely impressive viewed from it's exterior. Perched high above the city of Gwalior it dominates the skyline.
Apart from the Fort there are numerous other structures occupying the Fort area , Temples , a Gurudwara & the excellent Jain carvings which can be seen cut into the rock to the side of the access road.
The Fort interior is not particularly absorbing compared to other great forts to be found across India but a thorough examination of the whole complex could easily occupy more than half a day.
Although the outer reaches & Temples are open to people from 6 am you will not be able to access the Man Singh Palace until 8 : 30 am & the other areas such as the Jahangir Mahal & Johar Kund until 9 am. Had to pay at separate windows for these. Guides wander about looking for business. I did not engage one as I have visited here some years ago & wanted to just wander about & enjoy the atmosphere.
It can be risky engaging a guide on site. Some are excellent , others may want to rush you round.
There are fantastic views to be had out over the city.
Was disappointed to find quite a bit of litter & rubbish laying around the Jahangir Mahal & the open land in that vicinity. It would take very little effort to clear that on a regular basis.
Written December 2, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
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Jan 2020
Gwalior fort is a fort that was ruled over the last few centuries variously by the Delhi Sultanates, Rajputs, Mughals and Mughal vassals. The path climb up is long thin and steep, which I walked up. It’s a good hearty climb up, but you may be able to persuade a tuk tuk driver to go up the hill.

The structure is a pretty hill fort and for such a relatively remote place off the main tourist circuit, I was surprised to find guides offering their services. Normally I don’t take guides, but I just decided on one here for a change and agreed on a few hundred rupees.

The fort is made up of a defensive structure and inside there are two major palaces, Gujari Mahal and Man Mandir. The Gujari Mahal is Gwalior’s answer to Taj Mahal and also called a monument to love as it was built by Man Singh Tomar as a condition of his marriage to Queen Mrignayani. I actually found the fortification walls more interesting than the palaces. The fortification walls look magnificent standing as they do above sheer cliffs. The bastions are topped with pretty looking towers that look like Neoclassical looking Monopteros. The entire exterior of the walls are decorated with pretty blue tiles. Beautiful.
Written April 24, 2020
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Ankit Tripathi
Lucknow, India112 contributions
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Oct 2021
The fort is breathtakingly good, esp. the place where the JOHAR was performed, you get goosebumps while traveling deep down there. Its a must visit though more than half of the fort was shut due to illiterate public thronging it and damaging our history and dipping their backgrounds.
Written October 18, 2021
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RAJENDRA884 PRASAD
Faridabad, India3,445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We were two couples in senior citizens category and decided to visit Data Bandi Chhod Gurudwara, which is located on top of this Fort.
The entrance door is majestic and the road is well laid. We came across large statues carved in rocky mountain, a private school, large play grounds and finally the Gurudwara, our destination!

We recommend everyone must visit this place atleast once, to better understand different times of Indian History.
Written November 13, 2022
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SK
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Gwalior fort of is an amazing example of glorious past. Hire a local guide to explore
its basements and Bhool bhulaiyaas. Almost a full day is required to see the fort as well as other monuments nearby. The architecture of Saas bahu temple and Teli temple is just mesmerizing. its a treasure for them who have interest in history.

Government should provide more facilities to enhance the experience of visitors.
Written November 4, 2022
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Renu B
Cologne, Germany10 contributions
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Jul 2019
A very nice fort on the top of a hill. Its lovely. we went there very early morning in summer (July), saw lots of locals doing morning exercises, taking morning walks, meditating. It was 'truly india' experience.
The fort is well maintained. There are several historic monuments including palaces, temples and water tanks. We took a guide at the entrance which was extremely helpful, without it we would have been lost. There are so many stories and history associated to the fort. We loved it (except for the bat smell in some of the dark parts)! Its also a pity that in this magnificent fort one sees some sloppy renovation work done by in my opinion, non-qualified persons that the archeology department has simply ignored and accepted!
Written March 6, 2020
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krishna292
Hyderabad District, India1,351 contributions
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Feb 2023 • Couples
This magnificent hillfort made out of sandstones is rated as one of the best and well maintained forts of India. The fort illustrates the glorious heritage of ancient India. We visited it on a wintery morning and were stunned to see that the majestic fort was shining like a beautiful jewelry, as sun rays were falling there. The high walls or ramparts of the fort, connected with several bastions and towers, are artistically built with sculptures and sapphire paintings. The fort houses many historic monuments and palaces, such as Man Mandir Palace, Gurjari mahal besides temples and water tanks. The fort has been built on a hillock offering a great view of Gwalior city. It is said to have come into existence in 3rd or 4th century AD but definitely in 6th century, when Raja Suraj Sen laid its foundation and Gwalior name is supposed to be after a Saint named Gwalappa., who had blessed the then ruler. Of course, after changing several hands, Gwalior became a seat of power of the later dynasties from 8th to 10th century AD but during 11th and 14th century it witnessed plundering by the Muslim invaders like Mahmood Gazani, Mohd Gauri and others till the Moghul king Babar. Following Shershah Suri's reign, the Gwalior Fort came under Tomar Dynasty in 15th century. Credit goes to the most famous ruler of Tomar dynasty, Man Singh Tomar for building and renovating the present fort. He ruled for 30 years from 1486 to 1516 AD. A visit inside the fort will reveal the secrets of keeping it cool during summer and warm during winter and how water was brought inside the fort and drained out in 700 years back. The fort also houses a 9tth century temple of Lord Vishnu or Chaturbhuj temple which has a stone engraved with zero reference in an ancient language. This is the second oldest reference of zero.
The Gurjari Mahal has now been converted into an archeological museum. while driving to the fort the visitors are enthralled to see statues of old Jain Saints carved out of the hillock and present a spectacular view.
Written March 30, 2023
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