Gwalior – Land of Palaces and Forts

Population:  1,901,981
Average Climate

Summer: 22°C – 48°C
Winter: 18°C – 30°C

Best Time to visit:October to March

Tourist Attraction In Gwalior
The city of Gwalior is glorious indicia of India’s rich and vibrant past. Bestowed with infinite majestic forts, palaces and temples, it is one of the most culturally rich places of India. Though this place became the cradle for a number of dynasties, it is still known as the heritage of the Rajputs. The graciously magical musician Tansen, who eventually became a gem of Akbar’s Court, was born in the city of Gwalior.
It is also famous for its medieval hilltop fort, and described by Mughal Emperor Babur as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’, Gwalior makes an interesting stop en – route to some of the better-known destinations in this part of India. The city also houses the elaborate Jai Vilas Palace, the historic seat of the Scindias, one of the country’s most revered families.

Places Of Interest

Gwalior Fort
Gwalior Fort: The massive Gwalior fort stretches for nearly 3 km atop a 100- m high sandstone and basalt hill. Its formidable bastioned walls, 10-m high, enclose exquisite temples and palaces, Mandir Palace. Built between 1486 and 1516 by Raja Man Singh of the Tomar Dynasty, this double stoyered palace is regarded as one of the finest examples of Rajput secular architecture, embellished with superb stone carving and lattice work. Brillant blue, yellow and green tiles depicting parrots and peacocks, rows of ducks, elephants, banana trees and crocodiles holding lotus buds, decorate the Man mandir’s facade. The fort offers a spellbinding view of the entire city of Gwalior. Having served as the home to several hundreds of dynasties, this fort is a classic architectural piece of history.
Sahastrabahu Temple
Sahastrabahu Temple: This temple was constructed in 1092 by King Mahipala of the Kachchhwaha dynasty. The temple is 32 meters long and 22 meters wide and has three gateways facing three different directions. The temple derives its name from the word “Sahastrabahu” which portrays a man with a thousand hands, i.e., Lord Vishnu.Brilliant carvings and elaborated structure of the Sas Bahu temple speak of the artistic brilliance and skills possessed by artisans and sculptors in that era.
Teli Ka Mandir
Teli ka Mandir: Teli ka Mandir is an impressive temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is also the tallest building inside the fort, and is around 100 feet in height.The unique Dravidian-style shikaras (spires) and intricate detailing in the temple’s designing, typically the Nagara style from the North, speaks of the exquisite blend of architectural styles. The image of Garuda (Lord Vishnu’s vehicle) is the prime attraction of this temple. Besides this, figures of goddesses, snakes and couples can also be seen. Though the temple has no usual mandap or pillared hall, it has a huge, five-meter-high doorway and garbh griha or sanctum, all beautifully adorned with stone carvings.
Gujari Mahal
Gujari Mahal: Gujari Mahal was built by Raja Mansingh Tomar for his Gujar Queen Mrignayani. As the queen belonged to a lower caste, this palace was built away from the main fort.The aerial view of the museum speaks of the impressive architecture of Gujari Mahal. This beautiful stone structure houses devotional statues, weaponry, stone-work artifacts and bronze antiques. The representation of Lord Krishna’s birth and Lord Vishnu’s head speaks of the extraordinary skills of the artisans of that time. The key attractions of the fort are the Gyraspur Shalabhanjika sculpture and the Indian Mona Lisa statue.
Jai Vilas Palace
Jai Vilas Palace: Jai Vilas Palace was constructed by Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia in 1874 at a cost of Rs. 1 crore. It is a fine example of European architecture, designed and built by Sir Michael Filose. A combination of architectural styles, the first storey is Tuscan, the second Italian-Doric and the third Corinthian. The area of the Jai Vilas palace is 12, 40,771 square feet and it is particularly famous for its large Durbar Hall. The interior of the Durbar Hall is decorated with gilt and gold furnishings and adorned with a huge carpet and gigantic chandeliers. It is 100 feet long, 50 feet wide and 41 feet in height.