All About the Historic Gwalior City

August 16, 2018 0 By Kirrily Santos

Gwalior is the major and the northern-most city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The town is 122 km from Agra. Green landscape surrounds the city. Gwalior city is a significant tourist attracting town in Madhya Pradesh, and there are plenty of hotels in Gwalior. The great Indian musician Tansen and former Indian Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee were born in Gwalior.

Gwalior has a long history from the Tomars in the 13th century to the Scindia in the 18th. Tomar ruled the city in the 13th century, the rule got passed on to the Mughal Empire, then to the Maratha in 1754, and then to the Scindia in the 18th century. The city has a dominant Gwalior Fort that Babur described as the pearl of Indian fortresses. Because of the fort, the city is popularly called as the Fort City. Also, the city has Jai Vilas Palace, built for the ruling Scindia Dynasty in the 19th century.

Gandhi Prani Udhyan zoo is home to hippos, tigers and monkeys. Sarod Ghar, on the western outskirts of town, is a museum devoted to Indian classical music.

Sas Bahu Ka Mandir intricately carved Hindu temple.

The city has a bunch of interesting historical places and temples. Below are listed some essential sightseeing destinations in Gwalior:

Gwalior Fort:

The fort is perched atop of a large rocky sandstone plateau. The fort is set high enough to be missed from being visible from any corner of the city. A 15th-century Gujari Mahal Palace is within the fortress that is now an archaeological museum. Teli Ka Mandir Hindu Temple and the Man Mandir Palace also adore the fort.

Suraj Kund:

Suraj Kund is a tank located in Gwalior Fort that is believed to have mystical powers. The tank surroundings are pretty and well maintained. Water from the tank act as medicinal water.

Teli Ka Mandir:

The temple is located in the Gwalior Fort. The temple dates back to the 9th century and is the highest building in Gwalior. This temple used to process oil before the Britishers occupied the fort.

Gwalior Zoo:

The Gwalior Zoo has a decent collection of animals that includes a white tiger. The zoo is a part of Phool Bagh, a vast garden. Madhav Rao Scindia built the place in 1922.

Sun Temple:

Surya Mandir is located in Morar. It is among the most admired shrines and one of the principal religious centres in the city of Gwalior.

Jai Vilas Palace:

The palace was established in 1874 by Jayajirao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior. It is still the residence of his successors. The mansion boasts of the European Architecture that was designed and built by Sir Michael Filose under the guidance of Jayajirao.

Scindia Museum:

The Scindia Museum is dedicated to Jivaji Rao Scindia. It is one of the most distinguished museums of Madhya Pradesh State. It was established in the year 1964.

Hence, the city of Gwalior is vibrant with history and stories. Have a pleasant experience exploring these fantastic places while you are in Gwalior. Also, the hotels in Gwalior are in huge number and provides a comfortable as well as luxe stay.

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