Gwalior Travel Guide

  • Gwalior Fort
    Gwalior Fort
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  • We in front of Gwalior Fort.
    We in front of Gwalior Fort.
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Gwalior Things to Do

  • Man Mandir Palace

    The most impressive construction in Gwalior's fort is Man Mandir palace. Built in the 15th century it is a delicate building, where, despite many missing tiles, the colors are strong and the shapes harmonious.

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  • The fort

    The Mughal Emperor Babar referred to the Gwalior Fort as "the pearl amongst fortresses in India". And since he knew India much better than me, I'm forced to agree. Easily! The Fort is a huge complex. Being its walls and towers a marvel, it also includes well integrated palaces, temples, tombs, gardens, and splendorous sights. It really worths the...

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  • Saas-Bahu Temple

    In Gwalior's fort, we saw two different pillared temples close to each other, dating from the 7th century. I couldn't´t read much about it, but it really confirmed the idea we took from Portugal about the Indian art, with reliefs reproduction human scenes everywhere. And eroticism couldn't be absent.

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  • Teli-Ka Mandir

    For my european eyes unable to identify the different indian stiles, this other temple only impressed by the size and proportins, where the details are easily vanished. But someone knows more than me: "According to one surmise Rashtrakuta Govinda III occupied the Fort in 794, and appointed the Telang Brahmins (check Religion for details on...

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  • Jain Statues

    As we descent from the Urwahi Gate, we stopped by the Jain statues, carved in the rock about 1300 years ago, right beside the road. They are more than 20 statues, with several sizes and figures and they were under recuperation when we saw them, what turned moving along them even more difficult.

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  • ...if en route from or to Agra...

    Stop off in Dholpur. It is a lovely, agricultural village that does not see many tourists. The people were friendly. There was lots of staring, giggling, smiling and head wiggling in our direction and when we replied we were greeted with even bigger smiles, more giggles and even more enthustiastic wiggles!It is not worth making a huge concerted...

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  • Jai Vilas Palace & Scindia Museum

    Opulent and extravagant are the two words that spring to mind to describe this place!It was built in 1874 by prisoners.Cut glass balusters from Belgian.... outrageous and enormous chandeliers made from Venician glass.... a silver train, running the length of a never ending dining table, carrying brandy, whiskey, gin and cocktails - a gift from...

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  • Sasbahu Temples

    These are the mother in law and daughter in law temples. They date from 9th and 11th centuries, are dedicated to Vishnu and have been painstakingly restored to their original glory, having been coated in china at some point for some strange reason!In the grounds there are a few statues etc... to walk around - like a tiny outdoor museum.We presented...

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  • Rock Sculptures

    On the western side of the fortress there are some rather wonderful Jain carvings. They are carved into the cliff face and datew back to the 15th century. The carvings erpresent the 24 Jain teachers, called tirthankars. They are naked. I observed they had no faces so I did a little research and found out that in 1527 Babur's muslim army...

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  • Hilltop Fort

    A beautiful hilltop fortress with blue tiles, paintings of elephants, crocodiles and ducks - yes ducks! This medieval fancy is the stuff of childhood fantasy. Apparently the eastern approach is the most dramatic and spectacular. Before I knew this I found myself happily being driven up to the western entrance (the western entrance being the best...

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  • Gwalior´s fort and it´s surroundings

    The view on the fort, mainly due to it´s location on an vast high plateau, is breathtaking. A walk through the fortification includes several nicely carved temples and fantastic exterior of Man Singh palace. (Interior is not especially interesting)It is highly recommendable to use both entrances to the fort - via Urvai gate you are going along...

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  • Cenotaph of Maharaja Bhim Singh Rana

    On the northern end of Gwalior Fort lies this cenotaph of Maharaja Bhim Singh Rana (1707-56) who was the most powerful ruler of the princely state of Gohad in northwestern Madhya Pradesh. Later it developed into an important Jat State. The Jat rulers of Gohad were awarded the title of Rana. Bhim Singh Rana increased his powers and was planning to...

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  • Jal Jauhar Kund

    Jal Jauhar kund or the tank used for Jauhar (mass immolation undertaken by the ladies) which took place when Iltutmish the slave king of Delhi besieged the fort and defeated the Parihar ruler.

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  • Jain Tirthankaras

    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.

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  • Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhode

    It has been built in the remembrance of sixth guru of Sikhs Guru Hargovind Singh ji. It is a beautiful structure completely made up of white marble. The building is decorated with color glasses. Cupolas on domes are of gold. There are two sarowars or ponds as well in this Gurudwara. Non Sikhs are kindly requested to keep their head covered, by some...

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  • Gujri Mahal

    The 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh for his Gujar queen, Mrignayani. Today Gujari Mahal has one of the finest museums of sculptures dating back to 1st century AD even though many of them have been defaced by the Mughals, their perfection of form has survived the ravage of time. Particularly worth seeing is the...

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  • Teli Ka Madir

    This is a 11th century 70 feet high temple. The temple was probably known as the Telengana temple. It has a South Indian influence on its architecture especially on the roof, which is Dravadian, though it's facade remains Indo-Ayran.

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  • Sas Bahu Ka Madir

    This is a 9th century temple. The Sas-Bahu temple was probably called the Shashtra Bahu (another name for Vishnu) temple. "The smaller one close to it was perhaps a Shiva temple, but over the years this pair of temples whose carvings can be compared to any of the great temples of India came to be known as the "Sas-Bahu temples". In local language...

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  • Jai Vilas Palace Museum

    This beautiful pure white edifice patterned on the style of the 'Palais de Versailles' in France combines Tuscan, Italian and Corinthian styles of architecture. The palace has been partly converted into a museum for Royal memorabilia. The rest of the part is the residence of Madhav Rao Scindia. The royal Durbar Hall is a magnificent structure and...

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  • Museum - Durbar Hall

    This is the museums pièce de résistance as far as the rooms are concerned. The first thing that strikes you about the Durbar Hall is its two huge Belgian crystal chandeliers. They each weigh 3.5 tonnes, are 12.5m (41ft) high and hold 248 candles and are the world's largest. It is said that eight elephants were suspended from the ceiling in order to...

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  • Museum - Silver train

    This is the extra-ordinary silver mechanical toy train that used to carry liqueurs and cigars in decanters on its very own track around the dining table. If you lifted the decanters out then the train would stop. If you placed them back again it would start again. I was told that the silver is from England.

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Gwalior Hotels

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  • Usha Kiran Palace

    Best Hotel in the Town.

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  • Usha Kiran Palace

    Jayendraganj,Lashkar, Gwalior, IN

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Grace

    40, Manik Vilas, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, 474002, India

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Gwalior Restaurants

  • interval food court pure veg.food

    very good vegetarian food like pizza,french fry,coffe pepsi,chinese,chat, etc very good coolingcleanlyness service is extara ordinery pav bhaji,pani puri,popcorn,

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  • Stall

    I had come across these potato triangle things in Delhi but didn't know what they were called which was a shame as I really enjoyed them. I found this stall in the park just north of the Jai Vilas Palace and there on its front was the word Patise. As well as eating them whole on their own you can also eat them split open with salad which I didn't...

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  • Great food

    As you can see by the photo, this place doesn't look very appealing from the outside but is nice on the inside. It's very popular with locals and foreigners as a group of 10 young tourists were sat at one table. I had a very good tandorri chicken, mushroom and pea curry, rice, naan and 2 papads (poppudums) plus drink for about Rs180. Service and...

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Gwalior Transportation

  • Mumbai to Gwalior by train

    The Kurla(Mumbai)-Agra Lashkar Exp. arrives in Agra at 11am. on Saturdays. After checking into a hotel we can go to the Sun temple. Auto rikshaws are available. For the fort reach at the gate by 9am so that you cover the places before noon. Or come at 4pm and return after the 'sound and light show' at 7pm.

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  • Mumbai to Gwalior by train

    The Kurla(Mumbai)-Agra Lashkar Exp. arrives in Agra at 11am. on Saturdays. After checking into a hotel we can go to the Sun temple. Auto rikshaws are available. For the fort reach at the gate by 9am so that you cover the places before noon. Or come at 4pm and return after the 'sound and light show' at 7pm.

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  • Train station

    This is the train station in Gwalior. I arrived here from Agra on the early morning Shatabdi Express (No.2002) train that comes down from Delhi and on to Bhopal. The journey from Agra only took an hour and 15 minutes. I took the same train out of Gwalior to Jhansi.

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Gwalior Local Customs

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    by Willettsworld Written Jun 7, 2007

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    As I was walking away from the fort towards the tombs of Mohammed Gaus and Tansen, I suddenly saw a stall with some weird looking orangy mounds on it so I stopped to take a closer look. Flies were virtually all over the pieces and the stall holder cut off a piece and handed it to me. I reluctantly took it and ate it. It was sweet and then I suddenly remembered reading about something in Lonely Planet about a food called Peitha which is made from dried pumpkin and glucose which is flavoured with rosewater, coconut or saffron. It's the first time I'd eaten pumpkin and I didn't like it that much but I thanked the guy for letting me have a piece and wished it wouldn't do any harm on my digestive system!

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Gwalior Warnings and Dangers

  • Bring a torch!

    There is hardly any lighting down inside the Man Singh Palace so I suggest bringing a torch with you. I couldn't see where I was going. Tour guides had torches and luckily a party of school children were being shown round so I used their light to navigate. It wasn't much fun in the dark and I left without seeing much (literally).

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  • Lack of food and amenities

    There are no restaurants or cafes within the fort. There are a few snack stands by the Sikh temple so if you want something a bit more sunstancial then I recommend that you bring food along with you. As for amenities, there are none (or at least I didn't find any). So, the only places to go are behind bushes!

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Gwalior Off The Beaten Path

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    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Aug 9, 2007

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    This is the tomb of the father of Hindustani classical music, one of the 'Nine Jewels' of Emperor Akbar's court. It is built in the early Mughal architectural style and is surrounded by lush gardens in typical Mughal style. Every year a national level music festival is organized here in November/December.

    View of Tansen Tomb
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    • Architecture

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Teli-ka-Mandir
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