“Gwalior is one of the cities in India, rich in culture and heritage. A place which gave birth to Tansen. The best time to visit Gwalior is winter - specially during the annual Tansen Utsav - a annual event of Indian classical music. A must see for the people who loves Indian classical music.
Gwalior Fort is the must see - with its history spanning over centuries - Gujar, Tomar, Lodi, Mughals, Peswa, and Scindia. The light and sound show in the fort is not to be missed at any cost. Gwalior is also about Scindias, who continued their patronage even in democratic India - participating through parliamentarian democracy. The Jai Bilas Palace is nicely maintained, presenting the luxurious way the royal families live. Gujari Mahal is one refreshing addition - specially the unique-way how the history are preserved.
Food may not be the best thing, which Gwalior represents. There is no specials - but the pakoras in front of fort is really good - specially during chilly evening. One of the best food is served in Tansen Residency - both the mutton and paneer dishes. The Din Dayal mall has both the McDonald, as well as Domino's Pizza - a staple which we cannot live without - specially with the kids around. For local handloom products, one should visit Mrignayani showroom in MPTDC office. Though the collection is not very big, the staff is quite knowledgeable and hence you can get the item, which you want.
Apart from sightseeing for a day, there is no other special activities. However, for experts on Indian Classical music, Tansen Festival is never to be missed. People from all over India visit Tansen's Tomb, to take part in the four-day musical event.
Visit by train is the most convenient - due to Shatabdi. However, it is well-connected by road and travelling by road is also easy.
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- State: Madhya Pradesh
- Famous for/as: Heritage
- Altitude: 196 m
- Pincode: 474001
- District: Gwalior
- Language: Hindi
- STD code: 0751
- Weather: Summer 24 to 48°C, Winter 9 to 36°C
Known for its rich cultural heritage, the city of Gwalior
has played an integral role in Indian history from ancient times,
through the medieval era, and later during the Moghul and British
colonial rule. The bustling city atop a hill, is dominated by the Gwalior fort which has been the battleground for many struggles for power. Today Gwalior
is an important tourist destination due to its historical and
architectural significance, as well as for being a pre-medieval centre
Gwalior according to ancient history was Gopalkash, said to be the same place where Bhima from the epic Mahabharata attained victory. Archeological excavations reveal that the city dates back to the middle Stone ages and Iron Age. The actual city was founded back in the 8th A.D. by Suraj Sen, the head of the Kachwaha clan. Legend has it, that a sage called Gwalipa, cured him of leprosy and thus the king named his city Gwalior.
The city became the seat of power for many dynasties to come. From the 11th - 15th
century, the medieval era saw the rule of Rajputs. This was followed by
intervention by the Mughals, who were dethroned by the Rajput ruler Raja Man Singh, but only for a short while.
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