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Also known as: -
Shopping: Lacquer ware, dolls, hand woven carpets, wall hangings and jewelry and many more
History of: 1200 years
Population: 8.26 Lac

History about Gwalior says that it owes its name to a sage of former times. The story goes thus - Suraj Sen, a prince of the Kachhwaha clan of the 8th century had lost his way in the jungle and ultimately wandered up to a secluded hill. Thereafter he met an old man, Sage Gwalipa, whose influence almost took him by surprise. On asking the sage for some drinking water he was led to a pond. The pool waters not only quenched his thirst but cured him of leprosy as well. Out of gratefulness he wished to offer something in return to the sage and the sage asked him to build a fort on the hill. Thus came up the fort named Gwalior, and eventually the city that developed around it got its name.

Major Attractions

 

Man Mandir Palace
Built by Man Singh Tomar between 1486 and 1516, the Man Mandir is a huge palace. It is supposedly the fort’s prized possession. Also known as the Chitra Mandir or the Palace of Paintings, it exhibits tiled and painted decorations of peacocks and several other birds.

Gujari Mahal and Archaeological Museum
Gujari Mahal speaks of Man Singh’s love for his ninth Gujar wife, Mrignayni, in loving memory of whom this special palace was built. It now serves as a museum housing a large collection of stone carvings.

Sas-Bahu Temples
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.

 

Nearby Excursions

  • Datia

  • Sonagiri

  • Tigra Dam

  • Pawaya

  • Dhoomeshwar Mahadeo Temple

Fun Festives

 

Tansen Music Festival held annually in the months of November/December, is a major cultural event of classical music bringing eminent performers and music lovers from all parts of the country.

 

Distance from major cities
Agra 123 Kms
Sawai Madhopur 282 Kms
Khajuraho 279 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air The Gwalior Airport is well connected to important cities like Mumbai, Indore, Bhopal, and Delhi.
by Rail The Gwalior railhead is situated within the city area. It is on the main Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai rail route.
by Road Gwalior is extremely well linked by a good network of roadways and road transport to all the important towns of Madhya Pradesh and adjacent areas.

Recommended Restaurants

  • Hotel Surbhi, Gwalior

  • Kwality Restaurant, Gwalior

  • Swad Restaurant, Gwalior

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