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State: Madhya Pradesh
District: Gwalior
Famous for/as: Heritage
Languages: Hindi, English
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 24 to 48°C, Winter 9 to 36°C
Altitude: 196 m
Pincode: 47400x
STD code: 0751
A historic city founded by King Surajesan, Gwalior, the formerly princely state of Madhya Pradesh, is famed for its outstanding palaces, sacred temples and glorious monuments.

Gwalior's history is as fascinating as the attractions in the city, which can be traced back to the 8th century AD. It is believed that this city is named after the saint ‘Gwalipa’, who cured the king’s deadly disease. A cradle of great dynasties, this fabulous city was in existence over the centuries.

With embracing structures like sandstone mosque, rock temples and fabulous statues, Gwalior city upkeeps its glorious tradition of the past. The magnificent fort on the majestic hills, that overlooks the entire city, gives an enthralling look to the scenic ambiance of this marvelous town. These spectacular monuments of the yesteryears, provides an exceptional charm to this wonderful city.

In addition to these heritages and museums, Gwalior will be remembered forever as the birthplace of the great musician Tansen. The major cultural event held every winter to commemorate the memory of this great musician, attracts large gathering. The stalwarts of music take it as a great privilege to be a part of this cultural extravaganza.

Situated on a prime location, Gwalior was a dream city for many dynasties. The city acquired much from the reign of different dynasties who had developed this as a renowned place. Being the birthplace of illustrious people, Gwalior is accredited with a unique status in the history of India.

A sprawling city where tradition is entwined with modernity, Gwalior presents a enthralling and a beguiling appeal to the tourists.
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According to the historians, Gwalior was the under the rule of the Hunas in the 6th century. It further went in to the hands of Gurjar Prariharas of Kannauj who ruled here till 923 A.D. The throne subsequently went under the control of Kachwaha Rajputs in 10th century.

The city came under the flag of the Delhu Sultanate in 1196, when Qutub-Uddin Aibak captured the city. His rule was followed by the ruling of Shams-ud-Altamash in 1232. The magnanimous Gwalior Fort was constructed by Raja Man Singh of Tomar dynasty in the 15th century.

It was during the 15th century that a famous singing school was established here and the legendary musician Tansen attended this school. The Muslim ruled here till 1553 after which the city was captured by Vikramaditya, who later conquered the North India after defeating Akbar’s army at Agra in 1556.

The British gained control of the city in 1780, after which it remained in their kitty. During the first mutiny of 1857, Gwalior was one of the most active domains. Jhansi ki Rani lost her life here while fighting with the British.

This city is also an important pilgrim center for Jains as well as the Sikhs.

Travel within city

Gwalior is an ancient city and a traveler will have a few local travel options to choose from for travel within the city. Some of the options that are available are the shared tempos, local buses and mini buses, and horse drawn carriages or Tongas.


Recently the Gwalior city bus has been launched and these run on specific routes. The Gwalior Railway Station is an important junction that is connected to many cities in India. There are two other stations that are within the Gwalior city limits and travelers arriving by trains have many options. There are tempos and auto rickshaws that are available from the railway station to any part of the city. The tempos are shared and are cheap and they operate in fixed routes. However carrying luggage in tempos might not be possible as they are crowded.

Auto Rickshaw

Auto rickshaws from the railway station are numerous and are the best option. There are no separate night fares for auto rickshaws and they are not metered.

Horse Carriage

Horse drawn carriages also ply on fixed routes and they are available in many parts of the city. The prices are cheap and also negotiable.

Mini Bus

The Gwalior city bus and the other local mini buses are another mode of public transport. They are inexpensive and can be hailed of the road. They usually charge around Rs 40 for one end of the city to the other.


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Comments (13) Reviews (8)
wow its nice site
Posted by simy 5 year, 3 months ago
gwalior is situated at the bottom of my heart
Posted by animesh tiwari 5 year, 3 months ago
its really a nice site which make travlng really easy......
Posted by sandeep 5 year, 6 months ago
pliz let me know, is there any bus from gwalior to chirawa(rajasthan)
Posted by loya 7 year, 2 months ago
No. But regular buses are between Gwalior and Jaipur, and to Kota, and to Bharatpur and to Udaipur
Posted by Sanjay 5 year, 8 months ago
gwalior is not a city it is dream for me
Posted by vinod 6 year, 53 days ago
gwalior is my heart if want to see gwalior dont see from u r eyes see from u r heart i hope u
will found a real or good view.
Posted by prince 6 year, 53 days ago
i visited gwalior dfort i feel very disappointed with its maintanence
Posted by mukesh 6 year, 5 months ago
historical fhotos of gwalir
Posted by vikash 7 year ago
Gwalior is my home place,and i love my gwalior. i have suggest to anyone of traveler if you came here than you must see gwalior's historical places.
Posted by Sunil Sharma 7 year, 2 months ago

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