Places to Visit in Gwalior, Tourist places of interest, Sightseeing
The Heart Of India The Soul Of Romance
Gwalior is a city with a dramatic, colourful history that goes back over a millennia. It’s legendary beginning stems from a meeting between a warrior called Suraj Sen and a hermit, Gwalipa, who lived on the hilltop where the fort stands. It is said hermit cured Suraj Sen of an incurable disease, who as a gesture of gratitude founded Gwalior.
Over the centuries, Gwalior became a city of immense importance and was a continual scene of intrigue and clashes with neighbouring powers. It’s strategic location was patronised by many mighty rulers, making it the birthplace of many dynasties, each leaving its own indelible mark over the city.
Today, modern Gwalior is a cauldron of diverse cultures with a distinct princely aura of the days gone by.
Tourist places to visit in Gwalior are : –
The imposing Gwalior fort, built by Raja Mansingh Tomar dominates the city. The fort hill rises to 100 mtrs to 200 mts. with solid fort walls which surround almost the entire hilltop. The fort has been a silent spectator to many great dynasties- from the Tomar, Rajput, Mughal and finally the Maratha rulers.
Inside the fort walls, is an excellent example of medieval architecture, comprising a number of temples and ruined places. Top in the list of the places to visit in Gwalior.
Jai Vilas Palace
A 19th century palace, it boasts of what are supposedly the world’s heaviest chandeliers. The palace, remnant of the last rulers of Gwalior-the Scindias, is patterned on the lines of an Italian Palazzo.
A large part of this palace has been converted into a museum filled with family memorabilia. This museum is open from 1030-1700 hrs and closed on Monday.
Also worth a visit are the Sun Temple on the outskirts of the city; the tomb of Mohammed Ghaus and the tomb of the great musician, Tansen. Top in the list of the places to visit in Gwalior.
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