Gwalior is historical city in Madhya Pradesh. This place is named after Sage Gwalipa. He saved the life of King Suraj by curing Leprosy disease. Other name of Gwalior is Fort City. Babur, Mughal Emperor, stated regarding Gwalior as the pearl amongst fortresses in Hind. During the British rule this place enjoys 21 gun salutes. This place is famous for Hindustani Classical music. Two cultures are dominated Gwalior. They are Braj and Bundeli. Ahir is the famous dance in Gwalior. Popular festival in Gwalior is Baredi.
What to see in Gwalior:
Gwalior Fort: This is the most beautiful fort one has to visit. It is situated on a sandstone hill. On the recommendation of Sage Gwalipa, this was built by King Suraj. Statues of Jain Theerthankaras are most attractive. Entry fee will be charged to see the fort.
Gurudwara Data Bandhi Chhod: In the memory of Guru Hargobind Singh, Sixth Sikh Guru this was built. For 2 years he was in jail kept by the king Jahangir. On the recommendation of 52 Hindu kings he was released from the jail.
Teli Ka Mandir: This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. North Indian and Dravidian unique structures is so famous in this temple.
Sarod Ghar: This was established by Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan. This is the only museum in Madhya Pradesh dedicated to musical instruments. Huge collection of documents and photographs are placed here.
Tomb of Ghous Muhammad: Ghous Mohammed is an Afghan Prince who helped to Babur to win the fort.
Man Mandir Palace: This palace is famous for carved stone walls, designed tiles. In this place Jauhar Pond is located. In this place Rajpur ladies committed sati. This was built in 16th century.
Suraj Kund: This pond was built in 15th century. It is a part of Gwalior fort.
Museums: Several museums present in Gwalior. Gujari Mahal Archaeological Museum is one of the most attractive museums dates back to 1st century. Statues of several Goddesses can be seen here. Most attractive statue is Gyraspur, tree Goddess. Other museums are Municipal Corporation museum, Kala Vithika.
What to see around Gwalior:
Jail Vilas Palace: This is located 4kms away from Gwalior. This was built by Maharaja Jiyaji Rao Scindia in 1809. To test the strength of the Palace 10 elephants hang from the ceiling. More than 35 rooms of the palace converted into museum.
Tighra Dam: It is located 22kms away from Gwalior. This dam supplies drinking water to the city.
Datia: It is located 75kms away from Gwalior. 7 storied Palace is most attractive here which was constructed in 1614.
Sonagiri: 77 Jain temples are located here. It was constructed in 17th century. This is 72kms away from Gwalior.
Getting to Gwalior: Gwalior is well connected with all means of transport such as Road, Railways and Airways. From the cities like Varanasi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bhopal, Indore, Agra, Delhi buses, trains and air buses are available.
Getting around Gwalior: Tongas, Tempos, autos, local buses are available to visit the places surrounding Gwalior. Cheapest means of transport is Tango.
Best time to visit Gwalior: Climate is extreme in all the seasons. Best time to visit this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Gwalior: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Gwalior. Naya Bazaar is famous for budget hotels. In the luxury hotels coffee shops, shopping places are also available.
Where to eat in Gwalior: Most popular food in Gwalior is Malpua, Khoprapak, Mawa Bati, Bhuttle Ki kees, Kebabs and Rabdi. Plenty of restaurants are available to eat. Continental and Nepal dishes are most famous to serve in the restaurants.