The Heart Of India
Gwalior, situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is truly majestic. It leaves all its tourists spellbound with its perfect amalgam of culture and architecture. Gwalior's location had a lot to play in it being so important historically. Owing to its excellent strategic location, it was ruled by a lot of dynasties over the period of time. Some of the notable dynasties are-
- Kachchhapaghatas- in the 10th century
- Tomars- in the 13th century
- Mughals- during Akbar's rein
- Marathas- 1754
- Scindias-18th century
As it was ruled by a lot of families from very different cultural backgrounds, the city reflects a lot of cultures which is very much evident in its beautiful architectural builds. Even the food results in a fine combination of all these cultures. A lot of rulers did a lot of work for the development of the city and it shows beautifully.
Hub Of Excellent Architecture
Ranging from forts to palaces, to temples, to museums, to dams, Gwalior has all the beautiful architecture you can think of. Especially the Gwalior Fort is one the most beautiful forts you will ever come across. It has a beautiful combination of colours. And since it was under different families for long time periods, a lot of construction varies and shows how different styles were at different times. It is not just beautiful to look at, but also tells a lot of stories over the while. The fort has a lot of significance because of its strategic location. It simply meant that whoever had control over the fort, could also control the city, and in turn could have control over the whole country. It was a status symbol for both Marathas and Mughals and both fought profusely for it. Other artistic examples of architecture are the Jai Vilas Palace, The Saas Bahu temple, The Man Mandir Palace, well there are countless places in Gwalior sure to leave tourists in awe.
Top things do in Gwalior
How to reach
Gwalior is in Madhya Pradesh, the Central state of India, thus making it very to accessible. one can visit Gwalior by flight, train or bus, whichever wanted.
How to Reach by Flight
Gwalior has its own airport but is mostly used for armed forces. The nearest airport is Agra airport, around 100 kms away. From there a bus/cab or train can be taken to reach Gwalior.
Agra airport is connected to almost all metro cities of India and some other major cities too.
How to Reach by Train
Being in central India, it is very easy to reach Gwalior by train. It has its own railway station and connected to almost all parts of the country.
How to Reach by Bus
It is well connected with roads, its location being an added benefit. It is very well connected with national highways and can be reached by bus or own vehicle as well.
How to Reach by Road
Being well connected with national highways it is very easy to reach via roads.
How to travel within
Once in the city, there are multiple mediums to travel in the city. Auto rickshaws, cab, taxi all are available. A car or motorbike can also be rented to travel by yourself.
Madhya Pradesh's Tourism Capital
Having a city like Gwalior definitely means getting a lot of attraction from all over the globe. It helps any state to grow as the revenue generated from tourism is huge and can help in developing a lot. Owning to its culture, architecture, natural beauty, dams etc, Gwalior is a tourist magnet. When it comes to food, Gwalior tops it there too. It has exquisite sweets like Paneer Jalebi, mouth-watering namkeen snacks like Jodhpuri Kachori which is very spicy.
- Kickstart your day by visiting Gwalior fort and places near it like Gwalior museum, all the temple around it. This may take up your whole day. Have lunch in between enjoying the local cuisine.
- With these visits to historical places, your day comes to an end. Head to the hotel, on your way, don't forget to explore the local market.
- Visit Jai Vilas Palace
- Explore Gwalior Zoo and feel being surrounded by nature.
- Head to Tighra Dam for a quiet, pleasant boat ride.
If you are visiting Gwalior in December, take an extra day in hand and make sure to visit the Gwalior Trade Fair!(Day 3)