Gwalior lies in the extreme north west of Madhya Pradesh, just 117 km south of Agra. Over 1000 years old, a magnificent hill fort overlooks the town spread out below.
The mighty Scindia family once ruled the state of Gwalior, one of the most highly regarded princely states of India. The old town of Gwalior has the slightly over-the-top 19th century Jai Vilas Palace of the Scindias. Part of the palace is the present Maharaja’s residence; while the other has been turned into a museum.
What to see
Gwalior Fort: The Fort dominates the city and the road winding upwards to the Fort is flanked by statues of Jain Tirthankaras carved into the rock face. Within the fort are some marvels of medieval architecture :- (i) Gujari Mahal now converted into an archaeological museum housing rare antiquities, some of them dating back to the lst century A.D. Timings :1000 hrs to 1700 hrs (Closed on Mondays). (ii) Man Mandir Palace where a Son-et-Lumeire show is held every evening (iii) Suraj Kund (iv) Teli Ka Mandir and (v) Saas Bahu Ka Mandir
Ghaus Mohammed’s Tomb: The sandstone mausoleum of the Afghan Prince, designed on early Mughal lines, has screens as delicate as lace.
Gwalior Zoo : Open every day from 0800 hrs to 1500 hrs, the zoo has some rare species of Indian wildlife.
Memorials : The earliest freedom fighters, Tatya Tope and Rani of Jhansi and the Scindia kings and queens are commemorated in memorials in Gwalior.
Municipal Museum : It has a fine natural history section. (Closed on Mondays).
Sun Temple : This newly constructed Sun Temple takes its inspiration from the famous Konark Sun Temple in Orissa.
Jai Vilas Palace and Museum : Residence of the Scindia family, this is an Italian style structure. 35 rooms in the palace have been converted into the Jiyaji Rao Scindia Museum. Timings: 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs (Closed on Mondays).
Tansen’s Tomb : Tansen, one of the nine jewels of Akbar’s court, lies buried in Gwalior. His tomb is the venue of a music festival held in November-December every year.
Air: Gwalior is connected by Indian Airlines services with Bhopal, Delhi, lndore and Mumbai.
Rail: Gwalior, a railhead, is well connected with major cities in India.
Road: Gwalior is well connected by road with Agra 118 Km, Aurangabad 950 Km, Bhopal 420 Km, Delhi 318 Km, lndore 486 Km, Jhansi 98 Km, Khajuraho 280 Km, Mumbai 1086 Km, Sanchi 344 Km, & Shivpuri 112 Km.
Area: 82.22 Sq. Km.
Temperature: Summer - Max: 46.0 Deg. C Min: 21.0 Deg. C
Winter - Max: 22.0 Deg. C Min: 06.0 Deg. C
Altitude: 212.4 Mts.
Rainfall: 88.9 Cm.
Season : October to March. STD Code: 0751.
Tigra Dam (23 Km): A picturesque and popular picnic spot.
Ghategaon Sanctuary (30 Km): Famous for the chinkara, blue bull, sambar and the Great Indian Bustard.
Pawaya (68 Km): Capital of the Nag Kings of the 3rd century with archaeological ruins dating back to the 1st - 8th centuries.
Datia (69 Km): Mentioned in the Mahabharata as ‘Daityavakra’, the main historical monuments here are the seven storeyed palace of Raja Bir Singh Deo and the Gopeshwar Temple.
Chambal and Ghariyal Sanctuaries (104 Km) : Famous for the Crocodile, Ghariyal, Turtle and migratory birds.
Shivpuri (112 Km) : The summer capital of the Scindias of Gwalior.
Orchba (120 Km) : Founded in the 16th century by the Bundela chieftan Rudra Pratap.
Narwar (128 Km) : The capital of Raja Nal of Naisadha, whose love for Damayanti is legendary. The Narwar Fort is situated atop a hill about 500 feet above the surrounding country . The architecture of the fort and palaces is Rajput in style.