What's on your mind?


Famous as one of the ruling centres of India throughout medieval times, Gwalior is the repository of splendid medieval monuments, attesting to a rich and varied history. The tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh, the city is one of the oldest in India, and it contains spectacular historical, commercial and cultural attractions.

The city of Gwalior, formerly a princely state of India under the British, has long been a centre of significant political and administrative activity. 
The earliest medieval dynasty to have occupied Gwalior was the Gurjara-Pratiharas. Qutb-ud-din-Aibak took control of the city around 1196, succeeded by Shamsud-din Altamsh in 1232. Other dynasties to rule here were the Tomars and the Kachwaha Rajput. In the early 18th century, the Maratha ruler Ranoji Sindhia took possession of the city, but by early 19th century Gwalior was taken over by the British.
As a result of its strategic location, Gwalior became the seat of intricate power struggles, particularly during the medieval and early modern periods. The majestic forts, royal palaces, and military bases attest to its substantive political history, and lend to the city its distinctive grand ambience.
Presently, the city comprises three distinct sections: Gwalior, the old city; Lashkar, the new city; and Morar, the cantonment area. The old city contains the grand fort complex, the palaces and the tombs, all of which reflect a high degree of craftsmanship. The museums and temples transport the visitors to the past, when people were imprisoned here by royal decree, and some of the rulers committed honourable self-immolation in order to avoid capture and dishonour at the hands of their enemies.
Gwalior is also recognized as a rich centre of culture. The city has enthusiastically upheld its traditions in music and art. Eminent music personalities such as Miya Tansen and Baiju Bawra were born here. A grand classical music festival is organized annually in the memory of the Sangeet Samrat Tansen.
Gwalior is also known for its long-standing tradition of holding a large, well-attended trade fair. The fair has been held for over a century, and has evolved into a significant international commercial event.
Furthermore, Gwalior claims a place in the Guinness Book of Records, because the city is the home of the world’s largest indoor mural, created by a team lead by Ashutosh Panigrahi.
The city is also renowned for its Chanderi saris, whose manufacture is exclusive to Gwalior. Customers from distant places in India and abroad come here to shop for these beautiful textiles.
Gwalior offers to visitors a window into some tumultuous periods of Indian history, a showcase for wonderful music and the splendor and excitement of an international commercial market.

At Gwalior, the important places to visit are the Gwalior Fort, the Gujari Mahal, the Man Singh Palace, Teli ka Mandir, the Jai Vilas Palace and Museums, Tansen’s Tomb, the Sun Temple, Gurudwara Data Bandhi Chhod, and Gopachal Parvat.

Gwalior Fort
Described by Emperor Babur as “the pearl amonst the fortresses of Hind”, the Gwalior Fort is the most attractive monument of the city. The fort is built on a gigantic mass of sandstone, which is 12m high and its outer walls run 3.2 km in length. It covers an area of about 3 km2. Statues of Jain Tirthankaras are beautifully carved into the rock surfaces of the sides of the steep road leading towards the entrance of the fort. The fort contains many historic monuments including Hindu and Jain temples and palaces.
Gujari Mahal
Gujari Mahal is a palace within the fort that was built by the Tomar king Raja Man Singh for his wife, Queen Mrignayani, a Gujar princess. This 15th century monument is an example of the splendid architecture of its times. The palace has now been converted into an archaeological museum, displaying a wide range of antique artifacts. These include a rare collection of Hindu and Jain sculptures, terracotta artifacts, and a miniature statue of Shalbhanjika / the Tree Goddess (a special permit from the museum curator is required to see this rare piece of art).
Man Singh Palace
The Man Singh Palace was also built by the Tomar king Raja Man Singh around 1508. The palace is a four-storied building, of which two stories are underground. It was built on the eastern outer walls of the fort. There are open courtyards and well-decorated pillars supporting the rooms. The palace is skillfully colored in different hues such as turquoise, green and yellow, forming various motifs in geometric patterns. There are also huge apartments, formerly used as music halls. These feature screens of fine stones, and were probably used for the music lessons of the royal ladies. The huge palace hall called the Bardari (= the celebrated chamber) is another unique section of the palace. From the 16th century onwards, after the fort was captured by the Mughals, the palace was used as a state prison. Many royal prisoners were captured and killed here. Aurangazeb is said to have kept his brother Murad in this palace prison; he later had Murad killed on charges of treason. In addition to embodying a fascinating history, the palace is also one of the best examples of Hindu architecture.
Jai Vilas Palace and Museum
The Jai Vilas Palace was built between 1872 and 1874, by Maharaja Jiyaji Rao Scindia, and is one of the grand monuments in Gwalior. Unlike its counterparts in the city, the architectural style of the palace is European - a blend of Italian, Tuscan and Corinthian. It is built in white sandstone, which adds to its glamour. Most of the area of the palace has been converted into a museum, which displays a fabulous collection of antiques dating to the rule of the Scindias, as well other artefacts that speak for the lavish lifestyle of the former rulers. These include two heavyweight chandeliers hanging in the Darbar hall, the swords of Aurangazeb and Shah Jahan, an Italian glass cradle, and the silver train for dinner services.
Teli Ka Mandir
Teli ka Mandir is a Hindu temple built within the Gwalior Fort complex in the 11th century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his mount Garuda. The temple’s architecture is a blend of Southern and Northern styles.
The Sun Temple
The Surya Mandir was constructed in 1988 by G.D Birla, and has become an important tourist destination. It was inspired by the Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. The temple is dedicated to Lord Surya and contains a beautiful carving of the Lord. The temple is built of red sandstone on the outside, while the interior is completely constructed out of white marble.
Tomb of Tansen
Tourists may wish to pay a visit to the tomb of Tansen, the well-known, brilliant classical musician. His tomb is situated just beside the tomb of the Saint Hazrat Ghaus, whose teachings are said to have influenced Tansen to convert to Islam. The tomb is located within the heart of the city, but its main complex remains calm and tranquil. Near the tomb stands a tamarind tree, which is said to be as old as the tomb itself. Legend has it that a person, who chews its leaves, will be blessed by Sangeet Samrat himself with outstanding vocal and musical abilities.
The city is famous for the elegant Chanderi saris, which can be purchased from the Chowk (market) at Bara. Chanderi saris, made of fine cotton or silk, are very light, and have delicate motifs and zari borders. The quality of the gold thread used is unique, and its distinctive feature is the contrasting colour combination of the body of the sari with that of its border and pallav.
Popular Gwalior handicrafts can be bought from Rajwara, Lashkar and Patankar Bazaars, the other famous markets of the city. One can look here for various art and craft items such as lacquer-ware, hand-woven carpets, dolls, wall hangings, dokra figurines (metal crafts of tribal origin), and other tribal jewellery collections.
The markets of the city are the oldest in the state, dating back centuries. They are said to have received patronage from the former ruling dynasties, which lends a royal touch to the shopping experience in Gwalior.
Gwalior is well known for its exuberant celebration of numerous festivals. The city celebrates all the national festivals as well as the regional ones such as Eid-ul-Fitr, Diwali, Holi, Navaratri, Ganesh Chaturthi, Nag Panchami, Gudi Padwa (Marathi new year), etc. Besides these, Gwalior is famous for festive events such as the Tansen Musical Festival and the Gwalior International Trade Fair.
Tansen Music Festival, also known as Tansen Samaroh is a commemorative event immortalizing the illustrious medieval, classical music maestro Miya Tansen, one of the nine jewels in the court of Emperor Akbar. The event takes place in the form of five-night long classical music sessions every year in the month of December. It is organized near the tomb of Tansen and features famous contemporary classical singers from all over the country. The occasion attracts ardent music enthusiasts from across India and abroad.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
GWALIOR 8 Km 00H 07m
Gwalior Junction
Nearby major cities
Name Distance Duration
120 Km 01H 44m
120 Km 01H 44m
Around 20 km from Jhansi is Orchha, the royal abode of the Bundela rulers. This town, in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, was once the seat of the former princely state of Central India. Orchha has become a major tourist attraction of Madhya Pradesh, due to the number of beautifully constructed palaces, temples and cenotaphs built in the 16th and 17th centuries, reflecting the rich Bundela art and architecture.
485 Km 07H 26m
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Best Seasons
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 25 °C 47 °C
Winter 16 °C 27 °C
Gwalior experiences scorching summer temperatures and moderate winter. Best time to visit is October - March.

Write to us


Seasons Flavour

Commanding magnificent view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Ketu and Kamet , on the edge of the Nanada Devi national park, Auli is fast emerging as an important ski resort in India.

Nestled amidst the wooded slopes, surrounded by green meadows in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, lies Baspa Valley also known as Sangla valley.

Binsar is a beautiful hill destination inside a forest reserve and bird sanctuary with magnificent 360 degree view of Kumaon Himalayan peaks.

Far from the maddening crowds is Caukori, an isolated small village in the Kumaon mountains offering panoramic view of snow capped Himalayan peaks painted with magical sunrise and sunsets .

Madikeri - a picturesque hill station of misty mornings and dotted with coffee and exotic spice plantations, lies in the Western Ghats of south-western Karnataka. It is the headquarter of the famous Kodagu or Coorg district of Karntaka state. Flavoured with the aroma of fresh coffee, cardamom, black pepper and Coorg honey, Madikeri offers an enchanting experience.

Dalhousie is one of the most picturesque hill stations, located in the Chamba Valley between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas. Named after a British Governor General, it retains a mix of natural beauty and colonial charm.

Darjeeling, the “Queen of the hills” embodies the romantic nostalgia of “The Raj” or the era of British rule in India. Darjeeling, famous for its lush tea gardens, is blessed with a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak.

Dharamsala has an aura about it. The town has lived up to its name, which means “The pilgrims’ rest house”; it is today the sacred seat of the Dalai Lama and his exiled government of Tibet. The backdrop of the Himalayas and the old world charm of the town adds to the magnetic attraction of the unique experience that is Dharamsala.

One of the most scenic hill stations of India. Gulmarg offers excellent powder run skiing opportunities of international standards.

The beautiful hill town of Kausani is a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km wide panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Lachen 110 km from Gangtok, Lachen is a scenic Himalayan village of migrant Buddhist Bhutia yak herders called Lachenpas. The hospitable Lachenpas greet or bid visitors farewell with the traditional 'khada' scarf. Blankets made from sheep wool or chuktuk, carved woodwork, furniture, signs, symbols and blankets are the handicrafts of Lachen. Chuktuk is the local term used for sheep wool blankets. Since a sizeable population in the area rear sheep and yak, the wool from these animals is used for r

On the banks of the Beas river, surrounded by the majestic Pir Panjal, Parvati, and Bara Bhangal mountain ranges, lies Manali - one of the most popular hill resorts in India. Manali is also the gateway to the exotic Lahaul and Spiti valleys.

Mukteshwar is a quaint and peaceful hill town in Kumaon - Uttarakhand surrounded by thick coniferous forest; it offers 180 degree panoramic views of the mighty Himalayan peaks Neelkanth, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Panchchuli. Famous hunter Jim Corbett mentioned Mukteshwar in his 1944 AD classic book ‘The Man Eaters Of Kumaon’.

Stunning green hills of rolling tea plantations surround breathtaking Munnar. The town provides a completely relaxing and therapeutic experience for jaded city dwellers - misty mornings, sweet scented air, whispering breezes and a chance to walk in the clouds.

Mussoorie is a popular hill station in the Garhwal Himalayas. Due to its panoramic views and its proximity to Delhi, Mussoorie has been a favourite weekend destination for visitors from the nearby plains since the time of the Raj.

The beautiful small township of Pelling lies 115 km from the state capital Gangtok. Known for its grand views of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, which rises to 9390m. Pelling is perched at an altitude of 2400m, and is a traveller’s delight due to its strategic location in the eastern Himalayas.

A long time ago Kumaoni queen Padmini was smitten with the scenic vista of this hill town leading to her king Sukhdev naming the area queen’s meadow or Ranikhet. Ranikhet still retains the unspoilt charm and sylvan surrounding that provides panoramic views to the Himalayan peaks.

A beautiful hill city tucked in the lap of Himalayas, Shimla retains much of its old world charm and nostalgic influence of the British Raj when it was the designated “summer capital” of India.

Srinagar, the exotic summer capital of Kashmir is an enigma shrouded in a veil of mystery, a fusion of beauty, culture and history that mesmerises, enthrals and still sows a seed of doubt in the mind of the departing traveller that a single visit is not enough to touch its heart.

Max Size