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"Tourism Capital of Madhya Pradesh"

Gwalior Tourism

Gwalior is a historic city located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Popular because of the hilltop fort, Gwalior is full of palaces and glorious temples giving this city a majestic charm which speaks volumes of its glorious past.

A historic city founded by king Surajesan, Gwalior is a city where India's most eminent royalty once resided. Jai Vilas Pala has the largest carpet in the world which took almost 12 years to weave and two most massive chandeliers in the world that weight close to 3.5 tonnes.

The great Indian musician Tansen was born in Gwalior, and the tomb of Tansen is also an important place here. Every year, in November/December, a four-day Tansen Music festival is celebrated in the city where various classical musicians from all over the country perform on the stage near the tomb itself.

Visit the various monuments and museums, eat the local delicacies like namkeen and go boating in Tighra Dam while you are in the city.

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History

Gwalior has a history of being passed on from one dynasty to the other. In as early as 1231, Iltutmish, the third ruler of the Delhi Sultanate captured the Gwalior fort, and it remained under Muslim rule till the 13th century. In 1375, the founder of the Tomar clan, Raja Veer Singh was made the ruler. 1730 saw Gwalior come under the Scindia rule in the 17th and 18th century (Maratha Dynasty) and remained a Princely State during the British rule in the 19th and 20th century. It is also famous for being non-cooperative in the 1857 Battle of Rebellion. The first occurrence of zero as a written number is recorded in the Chaturbhuj Temple of Gwalior. Hence, Gwalior has the dual historical importance of being ruled by different dynasties as well as being a centre of scientific and mathematical significance.

Etymology

As per local tradition, king Suraj Sen of Gurjar-Patihar was lost in the forest when he met Sage Gwalipa. He asked the Sage for water and he led the king to a pond, which not only quenched his thirst but also cured him of leprosy. The ruler expressed his desire to reward the Sage. The Sage asked him to build a wall in the forest so as to save other saints from wild animals during yagnas. He later built a palace in the fort and named it Gwalior, after Sage Gwalipa. The city that grew around this fort came to be known by the same name.

Culture of Gwalior

Gwalior has had a history of bearing rich culture and holds a very important position in the history Indian classical music. It is the birthplace of the oldest genre of Hindustani Sangeet- Gwalior Gharana. The Gwalior Gharana is not only the eldest Khayal Gharana but also one of the most prominent Gharana of Indian classical music to which most musicians can trace their origins. The origin of Ghariyal Gharana began during the reign of the great Mughal Emperor Akabat during 1542-1605. Legendary maestro Tansen in the court of Akbar was the most prominent patron of this Gharana, belonging to Gwalior. Culturally, Gwalior is the confluence of two culturally rich territories- Braj and Bundeli. Many prominent figures from the field of poetry, music and arts belong to Gwalior. Three generations of the Akhtar family, Mustar Khairabadi, his son Jan Nisar Akhtar and grandson Javed Akhtar have their origin here. Well known Urdu and Hindi poet Nida Faizal grew up in Gwalior. The great sarod player, Amjad Khan, belongs to Gwalior and his grandfather, Ghulam Ali Khan Bangash became the court musician of Gwalior.

Tansen Music Festival

The Tansen Samaroh, which started as a local music festival was turned into an event of national importance(between 1952-1962) with the efforts of the then I&B Minister B V Keskar. Held in December every year near the tomb of Tansen at the Behat village of Gwalior, this renowned music festival is a 4-day extravagant tribute to the great musician Tansen. Vocalists, musicians and music lovers gather for this famous festival to celebrate Indian music and musicians.The Tansen Samaroh is held by the Department of the Academy of the Culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh. A very significant event of this festival is the prestigious National award called ‘Tansen Sammaan', bestowed upon the exponents of Hindustani music.

Restaurants and Local Food in Gwalior

Gwalior's cuisine like its architecture, heritage and culture is rich and colorful. Gwalior is famous for its vegetarian food and one finds numerous options here. This area is known for its elaborate breakfast consisting of kachoris, Samosas, Poha and bedai Among the local Madhya Pradesh cuisine, do try the kebabs, bhutte ki kees, Dal Bafla, Jalebi, Imarti, Rogan josh, mawa-bati and Malpua as well as traditional sweets such as the Morena Gajak. Other than the traditional delicacies one also finds a number of fast food joints, quickly becoming a rather popular part of the city's platter.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Start your trip by visiting the Gwalior Fort. It would take you around 2-3 hours to explore the beauty of the fort. Next, head to the Sun Temple. You can also enjoy the local cuisine of Gwalior which is very amazing.
Day 2- Visit the Jai Vilas Palace Museum. After spending a few hours here, you can head off to the Tansen's Tigra Dam for a lovely evening.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Gwalior is a city famous for valour and love for art. Gwalior has forts, temples and many other monuments that remind Hindus of their brave and proud heritage.

What's Not So Great?

Gwalior is a very hot city so it can be dry and sightseeing during summers can be troublesome. Does not have much to offer apart from the historical monuments and temples.

For Whom?

The place is a must visit for all those who love the Indian history. It can prove as a fun trip for families and elderly. People from states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand should visit this place for a different experience.

How To Reach Gwalior

Gwalior has its own airport and railway station which connect it to all the major cities of the country. You can also reach Gwalior by road via national highways 3, 75 and 92.

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Ishita Solanki 1 year ago
The Gwalior fort is one of the most majestic architectural structure that India can offer. The fort is huge and very well-maintained. The fact that it has a jauhar kund makes it really alluring. The light and sound show was extremely captivating and acquainted the audience with the fascinating history of the city. The Scindia palace also made for an interesting visit. The Rani Gujari Mahal also has a riveting history attached to it and is a fine piece of agriculture. P.S. The chai pakoda stalls right at the entrance of the fort are waiting to enthrall your senses.
Shubham Mishra 1 year ago
It was really a nice experience to be in Gwalior. From food outside the railway station and climbing the Gwalior fort was really a sweet memory which I am carrying from here to home. Awesomeness of places with full of ancient artitech on around the city. Having headquarters of various forces of Republic India. Do visit here and experience the Fort.
Gwalior diaries 11 months ago
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