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Private Tour: Grandeur Day Tour in Gwalior
Ranked #174 of 600 things to do in Madhya Pradesh
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Owner description: This ancient site features a large former citadel.
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Gwalior is one of the oldest city of central India and is known for its heritage in Madhya Pradesh.
Gwalior fort and Jai Vilas Palace are magnifecent . fort is biggest fort in Madhya Pradesh. its amazing.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Gwalior fort is magnifecent and biggest fort of india.Palaces inside fort have beautifully craved stone structures. beautiful temples inside.Magnificent large sized beautifull Jain carved structurers cut on the hill are wonderfull.While in gwalior visit Sun tample and light and sound show.

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Gwalior is one of the oldest city of central India and is known for its cultural and heritage in Madhya Pradesh. For a long time Gwalior served as a land for Saints, Artists and Heroes. Architecture and music of Gwalior is well known around the world. The ancient city of Gwalior is steeped in its past splendour. A multitude of reigning dynasties, the Pratiharas, Kachwahas and Tomars have left imprints of their rule, in this city of palaces, temples and monuments.

Gwalior occupies a strategic location in the Gird region of North India, and the city and its fortress have served as the center of several of North India's historic kingdoms.

At the heart of Gwalior is its fortress (Gwalior Fort), built by Raja Man Singh Tomar, of the Tomar dynasty. This formidable structure had the reputation of being one of the most invincible forts of India. The great Mughal Emperor Babur presumably described it as, "The pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind". The Fort area is also home of the Scindia School, a well regarded institution founded by the late Maharaja Madho Rao Scindia of Gwalior in 1897. Close to the heart of the city is splendid Jai Vilas Palace, patterned on the style of the 'Palais de Versailles' in France combines Tuscan, Italian and Corinthian styles of architecture.


Gwalior Fort
The Fort dominates the city and is its most magnificent monument. A steep road winds upwards to the Fort, flanked by statues of Jain tirthankaras carved into the rock face. The magnificent outer walls of the Fort still stand, two miles in length and 35 feet high, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible forts of India.

Within the fort are some marvels of medieval architecture:

• Gujari Mahal & Archeological Museum (Timings: 1000-1700 hrs - Closed on Mondays) : Gujari Mahal talk about of Maharaja Man Singh’s love for his ninth Gujar wife, Mrignayni, in loving memory of whom this special palace was built. At present it’s now serves as a museum housing a large collection of stone carvings.

• Man Mandir (Temple) Palace: - This temple built by Maharaja Man Singh Tomar between 1486 and 1516, the Man Mandir is a huge palace. It is supposedly the fort’s prized possession. It is also known as the Chitra Mandir or the Palace of Paintings; it exhibits tiled and painted decorations of peacocks and several other birds. The Sound and Light show at the Man Mandir Palace of Gwalior Fort gives you a glimpse into its glorious past. The story of this 'pearl' begins with the sonorous and eloquent narration by Amitabh Bachchan as Gopachal, the sutradhar (narrator). This show is held at fort every evening in Hindi & English language both.

• Teli Ka Temple: The Teli ka Mandir is a 9th century edifice, towering at 100 ft high. This is a Pratihara Vishnu temple of a unique blending of architectural styles. The shape of the roof is distinctively Dravidian, while the decorative embellishments have the typically Indo-Aryan characteristics of Northern India

• Sas Bahu Ka Temple: As the name suggests, the Sas-Bahu temples, located on the other part of the fort, are not dedicated to a mother-in-law (Sas) and daughter-in-law (Bahu). Sas-Bahu is the name given to two adjacent temples of different sizes. The larger of the two is ornately decorated and sculpted with beautiful statuettes and intricate patterns.

• Gurudwara Data Bandhi Chhod (Sikh Temple) - Built in the memory of Guru Hargobind Saheb ,the 6th Sikh Guru who was imprisoned here by Emperor Jehangir for over two years. It is located on the Gwalior Fort.


Jai Vilas Palace and Museum
The Jai Vilas Palace is the current residence of the Scindia family. 35 rooms in the palace have been converted into the Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum. The imposing Darbar Hall has two central chandeliers, weighing a couple of tonnes, and hung only after ten elephants had tested the strength of the roof. Ceilings picked out in gilt, heavy draperies and tapestries, fine Persian carpets, and antique furniture from France and Italy are features of these spacious rooms. Eye-catching treasures 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 Jehan.
Timings: 1000 to 1700 hrs all days except Mondays

Tansen's Tomb
More than a monument, this tomb is a part of Gwalior's living cultural heritage. It is the venue of a music festival on a national level held annually in November-December.

Ghaus Mohammed's Tomb
The sandstone mausoleum of the Afghan prince, Ghaus Mohammed, is also designed on early Mughal lines. Particularly exquisite are the screens which use the pierced stone technique as delicate as lace. It is on the way to Gwalior fort near Hazira from Railway Station

Gopachal Parvat (dedicated to Jain community) – it is situated on the Mountain Area at slopes of Gwalior Fort carries unique statue of Jain Tirthankars. The largest Idol of Bhagwan Parshwanath on Lotus is the largest statue (in single stone piece) in the world, being 47 feet high and 30 feet in width. 26 Jain statues in a series give a beautiful and attractive picturescue. Built between 1398 to 1536 by Tomar Kings - these Jain Tirthankars Statues are a species of Architecture and a treasure of Old Indian heritage and culture.


TAJ USHA KIRAN PALACE: It is one of the best hotels in Gwalior which is the 120-year-old palace, which has played host to the King of England and is now a heritage hotel run by Taj Hotels & Resort. Set amidst 9 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, this regal palace, rich in history, is outfitted with artistic stone carvings and delicate filigree work, the palace is located next to the Jai Vilas Palace, the ancestral home of the Scindia family.

All 40 rooms & suites reflect the majestic tastes of Maharaja, well equipped with modern facilities and amenities. The Ornate rooms are adorned with Art-Deco furniture and French Mosaic floors, these giant size rooms with spacious baths, ante-rooms, and old world charm are reminiscent of gracious lifestyles of Maharajas.

The Silver Saloon restaurant: Overlooking a verdant courtyard, Silver Saloon takes its inspiration from history and offers signature cuisine that was once the preserve of the Maratha and Nepal royal families. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also offers select Continental, Asian & Indian delicacies accompanied with a choice of selected wines. Experience a touch of the royal together with a trendy approach in service and style while you listen to classical music from the Gwalior Gharana.

The Bada Bar presents a selection of the finest European wines and spirits. The Court is the courtyard café offering an alfresco dining experience.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We just took one day stop here enrolee to Agra. This place is close to Agra and takes harpy 2 hrs by train. One travelling to Agra can take delhi- Bhopal shatpadi train to visit this place.
I must admit that none of india small towns has so much things and history to see that Gwalior has. I will just list down things to see:
1. Gwalior fort and all monuments on that mountain
2. Scindia palace
3. Chatri temple
4. Tansens tomb
5. Old city and bada Market
6. Gwalior zoo
7. sun temple
8. Rani laxmibai monument

Try to take a tuk tuk from railway station for whole day city sight seeing which will cost you 500/-. For food their city mall close to zoo which has a food court at top floor, we did not find many good restaurants in Gwalior.

The weather gets very cold in jan/feb and hot between April- June, so best time to visit will be oct- dec.

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