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Gwalior – Palaces, Museums, Fort, Temples


Popular for its magnificent places, fascinating museums, and striking temples, Gwalior is a well-known tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh. Situated around 122 km from Agra, the city is also referred to as “the pearl amongst fortresses in India”. In the 13th century, the city is ruled by Tomars, then Mughals and in 1754 by Marathas. In 18th century, Gwalior is ruled by Scindia.

Gwalior is well connected by road and railways with the major cities of India. It is the most sought-after tourist hotspot of Central India that boasts rich cultural heritage. The entire city is a visual delight for domestic as well as international travelers. While here, tourists can explore the several havelis that has carved doors and witness statues of Scindia family. The intricately designed palaces, informative museums, and beautiful art galleries of the city lures a horde of tourists from all across the world.

While on a sightseeing tour to Gwalior, travelers should not miss to visit the architectural wonder, namely Jai Vilas Palace Museum. Established in 1874 by the Maharaja of Gwalior, Jayaji Rao Scindia, the palace weaves a perfect blend of Italian, Tuscan, and Corinthian architecture.  Also known as Jiwaji Rao Scindia Museum, it exhibits the arts and crafts of the Maratha Scindia dynasty. As per the collection, the museum is divided into several sections. The museum has a well-equipped library with over 5000 books that describes the history of Gwalior. In addition, Chitrangada Raje Art Gallery of the museum displays the artists’ work and promote the rich cultural heritage of Gwalior.

Another most popular antique in the museum is a small train model that has a train running on the tracks over a large table. It passes food to the guests from one corner to the other. The best time to visit this museum is October to March. Except National holidays and Monday, the museum remains open from 10 am to 4.30 pm.

Apart from this museum, tourists must pay a visit to the Gwalior Fort. Man Mandir and Gurjari Mahal are two palaces in the Fort that has marvelous architecture. The sound and light show is the major attraction of the fort. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Teli Ka Mandir is a renowned temple in Gwalior. Some other points of interest include Gwalior Zoo, Sun Temple, Tomb of Mohammad Ghaus, and Moti Mahal.

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