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Madhya Pradesh Tourism – The Heritage City of Gwalior

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Gwalior, the tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh is famous for its many ancient palaces and beautiful monuments that transport visitors to the bygone era of the kings.

It is a paradise for travellers as they get a peek back in time at the grandeur of the city. Though much of it lies in ruins and is in need of care, the monuments still hold a charm of their own.

Hathi Pol

Hathi Pol

The entrance of the Gwalior Fort is better-known as Hathi Pol. This mega-structure can only be accessed after passing through six entrances. This gate was the major defence of the fort against enemies attacking from its front. It once had a life-sized stone structure of an elephant here but now it lies in ruins. Tourists coming here can marvel at this enormous gate. It is said that when the king came back from battle victorious, he would enter from this gate sitting on an elephant back.

Photo Courtesy: Alabhya Jaloree

Memorial of Tansen

Memorial of Tansen

The Memorial of Tansen is also referred to as the Tomb of Tansen. Tansen was a much-loved musician in Akbar's court, who had this built in respect of the great musician. Within this memorial, you will get to see the tomb of Tansen, as well as his teacher Muhammed Ghaus. Tourists can explore this beautiful architecture, which is an ode to one of the great musicians of the country.

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Gujari Mahal

Gujari Mahal

The Gujari Mahal is a palace built by Raja Man Singh for his wife Mrignayani. Today this palace has been converted to a museum and holds some artifacts and items like precious stones, jewels, terracotta objects, weapons, sculptures, paintings, inscriptions, pottery, etc here. Tourists coming here can browse through these items and know more about the Tomar Dynasty that once ruled over the region.

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Dev Kho

Dev Kho

Dev Kho is a habitat for various species of wildlife. It is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and bird lovers who come here to catch a glimpse of these magnificent beasts. Tourists can go on a safari and see many wild animals and birds here.

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Jai Vilas Mahal

Jai Vilas Mahal

The Jai Vilas Mahal was the residence of the Scindia Kings. Even till date the family of the rulers live here. It is open for visitors to observe and be awed at the grandeur of the Scindia dynasty. You can see many artifacts and weapons adorning the walls of this place. Also the beauty of this structure is to die for and you would be left speechless by its Indo-Italian design. It is mostly visited my historians who come here to learn more about the Scindia dynasty.

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Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort

The Gwalior Fort is a massive monument standing on a hilltop. It was built by Raja Man Sing Tomar in order to defend his boundaries from attack of neighbouring kings. Popularly called the 'Gibraltar of India' it gives tourists visiting here a birds eye view of the beautiful valley and the city below. You can also explore the fort and walk through its zig zag pathways.

Photo Courtesy: Nagarjun Kandukuru

How to Reach Gwalior

How to Reach Gwalior

By Air: Gwalior has its own airport. It has frequent flights to places like Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Agra, Indore, Mumbai and many other places.

By Train: Gwalior Railway Station is connected to all major cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, etc.

By Road: Gwalior is a city with frequent bus services. Luxury buses and taxis or state run buses are always available. Buses are available from Delhi, Indore, Agra and Jaipur. There is also a good network of taxi services that ply between Gwalior and the neighbouring major cities in India.

Photo Courtesy: Carol Mitchell

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