Gwalior

Gwalior is a city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It's known for its palaces and temples, including the Sas Bahu Ka Mandir intricately carved Hindu temple. Ancient Gwalior Fort occupies a sandstone plateau overlooking the city and is accessed via a winding road lined with sacred Jain statues. Within the fort’s high walls is the 15th-century Gujari Mahal Palace, now an archaeological museum.

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Amma Maharaj Ki Chhathri is a tourist attraction which is the royal memorial ground of the Sindhia ruler family and is situated in the heart of Gwalior city in Lalitpur colony, Lashkar.

Amma Maharaj Ki Chhathri's has elevated, dome-shaped pavilions which is often used as an element in Indian architecture, also know as cenotaph. Amma Maharaj Ki Chathri is a pleasant and lush garden with acres of planted trees and floral ambience. There are various such cenotaphs spread across the place with many small temples. One of the Chathri here belongs to the late Madhavrao Scindia. The place ...

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The Gujari Mahal Archeological Museum or State Archaeological Museum, sometimes called the "Gwalior Fort Museum", is a state museum in Gwalior, located in the fortress of 15th-century Gujari Mahal. Archaeological Museum is at Gwalior Fort showcasing various relics, including many statues. It is located within Gwalior city limits.

It displays numerous artifacts of the region, including a fragment of the Garuda capital of the Heliodorus pillar from VidishaThe palace of Gujari Mahal was built by Raja Man Singh Tomar for his wife Mrignayani, a Gujar princess. She demanded a separate pa...

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Assi Khamba ki Baori is an ancient step-well inside the complex of the Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh. The site is located about 4. 6 to 5km from the Gwalior railway station.

As the name suggests, the monument is a step-well surrounded by eighty stone pillars. The periphery of the step-well is circular in shape. The baori, built for storing water, also has different chambers which had been constructed for the bathing purposes of the queens. The step-well was built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh Tomar, and can be found on the south-west corner outside the Man Mandir within th...

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Balaji Mandir, Gwalior
7.7 kms from Gwalior city limits
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Balaji Mandir in Gwalior is a perfect destination for the Hindu worshippers. The temple has an ideal location. The Gwalior Railway Station is just 7. 7 kms away from the temple.

As we talk about the origin of temple, its existence is traced back to the name The Tirupati Balaji Temple which falls under the conglomerate of temples. The temple was originally built by Air Force Personnel who are a majority of Telugus. The temple is kept clean and is well maintained by the Air Force Personnel. The premise of the temple is not only a place for the devotees of Lord Balaji but it is a hub fo...

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Bateshwar Hindu Temples
35 kms from Gwalior city limits
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Truly one of the lesser known marvels of Indian architecture, Bateshwar Hindu temples are a group of nearly 200 sandstone Hindu temples and their ruins in north Madhya Pradesh built in post-Gupta, early Gurjara-Pratihara style of North Indian temple architecture. It is about 35 kms north of Gwalior and about 30 kilometres east of Morena town. The temples are mostly small and spread over about 25 acres site. They are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Shakti - representing the three major traditions within Hinduism. The location of the temples is a major landmark for tourists seeking spiritual g...

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Chaturbhurj Temple is believed to be built by Alla, grandson of Nagarabhatta in the year 875 A. D during the period of Pratiharas. This temple is present in the premises of the Gwalior fort. You will pass this 9th century shrine before reaching the 4th gate on the Eastern approach to Gwalior Fort. It is a rather small temple with a square plan of 12 feet side. The temple has a portico at its entrance supported by four carved pillars. The pillars show reliefs of individuals meditating in yoga asana position, as well as amorous couples. The temple is located within Gwalior city limits.

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The Chhattris of the Scindia dynasty are one among the prominent attractions in Gwalior city and are located in the Chattri Bazaar of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. The Chhatris of Jivaji Rao Scindia, Daulat Rao Scindia and Janko ji Rao Scindia are the most famous and popular ones among others. They are a true example of the elegance of the royal medieval period. The carvings on these Chhattris includes designs of elephants, horses and tigers. The Chhattris of the Scindia Dyanasty are one among the prominent attraction in the city. Renowned for its architectural brilliance and beautiful structure, t...

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Dev Kho, Gwalior
16 kms from Gwalior city limits
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Dev Kho is situated about 16 kms away from Gwalior and is a lovely retreat for nature-lovers. A multitude of species of birds and animals can be spotted here. Dev Kho also boasts of a beautiful temple perched on a hilltop which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It can be considered to be an ideal getaway from the Gwalior City as well as perfect for those visiting the city for the first time. Dev Kho Road, 16 km from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. dev kho, Gwalior is a perfect destination for a great time with your dear ones. Enjoy the attractions of this popular tourist spot. With so much to lure your sen...

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Ghouse Mohammed and Tansen Tomb was built by Akbar in 1565 and is a sandstone construction with four towers in each corner with cupolas on the top and a central dome. It is located in the old town of Hazira. The tomb belongs to the Afghan Prince turned sufi saint, Mohammed Ghouse. The tomb is an excellent example of Mughal architecture. It is the most famous Sufi monument in Gwalior. It is about a kilometer away from the Gwalior fort.

ÂThe mausoleum of Muhammed Ghouse is built in the form of a square with hexagonal towers at its corners surmounted by small domes. In front of Tan...

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Gopachal Parvat is a historic Jain religious site located in the city of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. The Gopachal rock cut Jain monuments are located inside the Fort of Gwalior which is within city limits.

The parvat is also called as Gopachal rock-cut Jain monuments, a group of Jain carvings. These are dated earlier than the Siddhachal Caves located about 2 kilometres but the monuments are not as colossal as some of those found in the Siddhachal Caves, but they are big. Approximately one hour is required to visit the place properly.

It has Jain thirthankar statues, people...

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Gwalior has stood tall over the last few centuries as one of India’s most historically significant places. Several monuments and structures located in the city are a testament to the previous eras. Gujari Mahal is one of them. It is situated within the Gwalior fort and is located at a distance of about 4 km from Gwalior Railway Station. The fort is situated on a sand stone which is 2. 8 km in length, 200-850 km in width and 91 m above the plains. The Gwalior fort encloses six Mahals, numerous water tanks and three temples. There are two main entrances to the fort, one from the North East ...

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Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhod Qila is one of the most prominent Sikh shrines in India and was constructed inside the premises of the Gwalior fort in 1970. It is a memorial of the great Sikh saint and the proponent Guru Hargobind Singh. Legend has it, Mughals used the fort as a prison for chiefs and nobles of status, Guru Hargobind Singh was imprisoned here inside the premises by king Jahangir for a period of 2 years. Later when he was released at the request of Queen Noorjahan, he demanded the release of other 52 Hindu kings with him. To this, the Mughal king instructed whoever holds the robe of ...

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Gwalior Fort
Within Gwalior city limits
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Gwalior Fort is an impenetrable historic fort located on hill (named Gopachal) in the city of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. At a distance of not more than 3 km from the city centre, it is described as 'the pearl amongst fortresses in India' by the Mughal emperor Babur. It is a place of rich cultural heritage and adds to the tourist attractions of Central India. It comprises of three temples, six palaces and several water tanks – all these built by various rulers who fought for and won the fort. The construction of the fort was started in early 6th century by a king named Suraj Sen. According t...

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Gwalior Zoo
Within Gwalior city limits
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Also known as Gandhi Zoo or Gandhi Prani Udyan, it was established by the royal family of Madhav Rao Scindia in 1922. It is actually a part of larger garden called Phool Bagh which was inaugurated by Prince of Wales around hundreds of years ago. The garden still continues in be in a well-maintained condition with number of tourists increasing each day. The zoo is spread over a wide area of 8 hectares. It is one of the most popular attraction of the Gwalior city. The zoo is located near mayor office and can be easily reached from all parts of Gwalior. It is less than 2 km from the Gwalior Railw...

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Contributing majorly to Gwalior's ancient distinction is the Jai Vilas Palace. Built in the 19th century, the Palace is one of its kind. It was established in 1874 by Jayajirao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior and is still the residence of his descendants the formal royal Maratha Scindia dynasty. The Jai Vilas Palace has been built by combining three different styles of architecture- Tuscan, Italian and Corinthian, with a touch of Indian architectural elements harmoniously coexisting at the same place. A wing of the Jaivilas Palace was converted into a museum in memory of H. H Maharaja Jiwa...

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Italian Garden, Gwalior
3 kms from Gwalior city limits
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Italian Garden Enclave is a club in the heart of Gwalior city, at around 3 kms from the city centre. It is a must visit place for nature lovers. Tourists mostly visit this spot on weekends for a rejuvenating time. Italian garden is a new style of garden that emerged in late 15th century at villas in Rome and Florence. The main aim of this style is order and beauty, pleasure of viewing, enjoyment of sight and smell of the garden. The Italian Garden, Gwalior is one of them.

ÂThe garden is developed in Italian style with lush greenery scrupulously covering almost all of the open sp...

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Jahangir Mahal, Gwalior
Within Gwalior city limits
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Jahangir Mahal is a three-storied structure is a harmonious blend of Indo-Islamic architecture which is decorated by fine hanging balconies, great domes, marvelous sculptures, delicate chattris and trellis and facades that have a plethora of geometric patterns, and paintings of peacocks and flowers. It is located within Gwalior Fort's premises, with city limits of Gwalior.

The best time to visit this place is between October and March, as the temperature is quite pleasant then. Light and sound show is organised in the evening. People generally like to spend 1-2 hours in here. Jahangi...

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Jai Vilas Mahal
Within Gwalior city limits
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Jai Vilas Mahal, also known as Jai Vilas Palace, is a 19th century palace built by Jayaji Rao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior, to assure the grand welcome of King Edard VII, the then Prince of Wales. Designed by Sir Michael Filose, it has a fine and detailed European architecture. It covers an area of 1,240,771 square feet and is primarily known for its large spacious Durbar Hall. The Mahal, at present, serves as a residential place for the descendants of the Maratha Scindia family and also as a museum which spans over 35 rooms in the palace. It is the best architecture of the Maratha reig...

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Jauhar Kund, Gwalior
Within Gwalior city limits
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The Jauhar Kund is one of the most attractive features of the city which frequently visited by the tourists and visitors on account of its historical significance. The Kund is situated in the Gwalior Fort. Besides palaces and temples, many tanks were built in the Gwalior Fort. The surroundings and the design of the tanks were made as per medieval architecture. The tanks were built up with the purpose to supply adequate water to the nearby areas. For maintaining adequate water supply in the fort, the tanks were constructed near the water sources such as rivers, tributaries, water streams and l...

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Jiyaji Chowk Bazar
Within Gwalior city limits
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Jiyaji Chowk Bazar is the place where you will find handicrafts, handloom products and jewellery. The market is 20 mins away from Gwalior Train Station.

Jiyaji Chowk is said to be the central focus of the town because numerous markets successfully grew up in the narrow lanes which proceed from this point. This place is also called the Maharaj Bada Market for its handloom and jewellery collection and also sought by the tourists and the localities. This place is popularly known to be the busiest marketplace of Gwalior. The outfits such as beaded neckless in several colour designs, br...

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Kala Vithika, Gwalior
Within Gwalior city limits
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Kala Vithika, as the name suggests is a museum that is connected to art and music. It is one of the most popular museums to visit in Gwalior that houses ancient musical instruments of some of the greatest Indian maestros. This place also displays some very aesthetic paintings and portraits that showcase the rich culture and heritage of the city Gwalior. The museum is situated right in the heart of the city.

The ancestral home of the legendary Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan, the sarod maestro has been converted into this museum under the guidance of his son Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. It is now also ...

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Karoli Mata Temple, Gwalior
6.5 kms from Gwalior city limits
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The Karoli Mata Temple is a Hindu temple in the city of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. The temple is approximately 2km away from the Gwalior railway station, and around 6. 5 kms from the city bus stand.

The Karoli Mata temple was established over a hundred years ago. The place has shrines dedicated chiefly to the patron goddess Kaila Devi and to Kunwar Maharaj. The main shrine of Kaila Maharani has two idols inside the sanctum sanctorum, which is preceded by a wide open courtyard. The Kunwar Maharaj shrine, however, does not admit women within its interiors.

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Koteshwar Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Gwalior city, Madhya Pradesh. It is around 5 kms away from the Gwalior railway station.

The ancient Koteshwar Temple is a significant religious landmark for the locals of Gwalior. Besides being a Shiva shrine, it is also renowned for the paintings on its walls which speak of the myths associated with Lord Shiva. The lingam or shivling inside the temple is also part of the history and legends of Gwalior. Apparently, it was part of a Shiva temple inside the Gwalior fort which was ravaged by the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb. ...

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Madhav National Park
12 kms from Gwalior city limits
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Madhav National Park is located in the Shivpuri District of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. The Madhav National Park is fascinating mix of natural splendors of history and architectural wonders. The park, one of the oldest, is situated in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh, near Shivpuri town. Madhav got the status of a National Park in 1958. It is located at distance of 12 kms from Gwalior city.

Earlier its dense forests were the hunting grounds of the Mughal emperors and Maratha royals. Emperor Akbar captured herds of elephants for his stables while returning from Mandu in year 1564. T...

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Man Singh Palace, Gwalior
3.4 kms from Gwalior city limits
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Located at a distance of 3. 4 kms from the city center, Gwalior, the Man Singh Palace is a must-see destination in the city. Built by the Tomar ruler Man Singh, this palace is a treat to an art connoisseur's eye. Considered to be the only intact Pre-Mughal palace in India, this palace is housed within the majestic Gwalior Fort.

Constructed between 1486 and 1516, the Man Singh Palace is made of sandstone and is the epitome of striking architecture and beauty. Owing to the colorful mosaic tiles in the palace, it is also known as Chit Mandir or the painted palace. This four-floored ar...

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Moti Mahal, Gwalior
Within Gwalior city limits
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Situated in the Old Town of Gwalior, Moti Mahal - earlier know as Secretariat of Madhya Bharat Government- is one of the most historic buildings in Gwalior city. It is located 2 kilometres away from Gwalior Railway Station.

Built in the 19th century, Moti Mahal was originally founded by Ranoji Shinde, inspired by the Peshwa Palaces in Pune. This palace has rich collections of Wall Paintings. The walls of this palace are featured with mosaic work of coloured glass and murals depicting the Ragas and Raginis. The Ragas and Raginis is the complete system of Indian Classical Music. Indi...

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Padmavati Pawaya
68 kms from Gwalior city limits
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Padmavati Pawaya is an ancient city ruin in Gwalior. It has been mentioned in several classic Sanskrit texts and inscriptions. The description of the city is always centred around its tall mansions in all the literature written about it. The lost city is located about 68 kms from Gwalior city centre.

The text of Bhavabhuti describes the city with tall mansions and temples, with grand shikharas and gates, located between Para and the Sindhu rivers. The identification of Pawaya as Padmavati is now established as it satisfies the geographic description given by Bhavabhuti. It stands o...

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Patankar Bazar, Gwalior
Within Gwalior city limits
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Patankar Bazar is a residential area district of Daulat Ganj in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Patankar Bazar is famed for handicrafts, textiles, handlooms, stone carvings, etc. The southwest region of Gwalior has the foremost prestigious, lavish and most comfort residential zones. The district was named after the large bazaar set there. Patankar Bazar is one of the foremost and well-known shopping points amongst the tourists. The bazaar is three kilometres far from (City Center) Gwalior railway station via Maharani Laxmibai Marg, which is the quickest route to bazar.

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Phool Bagh, Gwalior
Within Gwalior city limits
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Phool Bagh is a public garden in Gwalior city, Madhya Pradesh. It is situated close to the Gwalior railway station, just around 1. 5kms away.

Phool Bagh was constructed by late Madho Rao Scindia, and inaugurated by the Prince of Wales on his visit to the city in 1922. With its old trees, water fountains and manicured lawns, the garden is an oasis of natural beauty in the middle of the urban space of Gwalior. The Phool Bagh also boasts of a palace and a museum, along with the Gwalior zoo, within its premises. It is also worth noting that the campus contains a temple, a gurudwara and...

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Saas bahu Temple is a historic temple in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. It was initially called Sahastrabahu Temple but gradually over the years came tobe called as Saas Bahu Temple. It is within the city limits of Gwalior. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Saas Bahu Temple was built by King Mahipala in 1093. It is an exemplary example of creativity and heritage. It is located on Fort Campus,near the Post Office. The monument as it stands now is a bit damaged and this is during recurrent conflict during the Mughal invasions.

Ideal time for a visit would be evenings as ...

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Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi Bhai
Within Gwalior city limits
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Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi Bai is situated at Phool Bagh and is with-in the city limits of Gwalior. It is to commemorate the great woman warrior of Jhansi, Gwalior. Rani Lakshmi Bai, popularly known as Jhansi Rani, fought the battle against the British Raj during the Indian rebellion of 1857. Rani of Jhansi was being pursued by the enemies after most of her army and supporters were dead. She came across a cliff (Gwalior fort) and a river. She decided to take a jump and both she and her horse plunged to her death on this side of the river and saved her humiliation of getting caught. The memorial c...

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Sarod Ghar, Gwalior
5 kms from Gwalior city limits
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Sarod Ghar is a music museum located at Jiwaji Ganj, at distance of 5 kms from Gwalior junction. Also known as Kala Vithika, it is at a distance of not more than 5 km from the beautiful Gwalior fort. The museum was built with the aim of promoting Indian classical music and also to exhibit the rich culture and heritage in Indian classical music. The museum not very popular in the tourist circuit but is a recommended spot for people with love for or interest in Indian classical music.

Sarod Ghar is housed in the ancestral home of Amjad Ali Khan, the master of Sarod players. He don...

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Sheetla Mata Temple, Gwalior
Within Gwalior city limits
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Sheetla Mata Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Sheetla Mata a Hindu goddess widely worshipped in north India and West Bengal. The temple is located on the Agra – Mumbai road in Sindhi Colony and is with-in the city limits of Gwalior.

Sheetla is an ancient folk deity and a goddess of sours, ghouls, pustules and diseases. The temple is holy site within the city and people from all over this region come to worship here. It is known for its religious historic past and victory of goddess Sheetla.

Sheetla Mata Temple is a divine spiritual place and it is not only for si...

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Shyam Vatika, Gwalior
4 kms from Gwalior city limits
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Shyam Vatika is the largest indoor mural in the world, located in the state of Madya Pradesh. It measures to 904 square metres and was painted by six artists from 27 February 2005 to 5 March 2005 at Shyam Vatika, Saraswati Estate, Cimmco Tiraha, Gwalior, India. The painting was co-ordinated by a professional mural artist, Aasutosh Panigrahi, and the owner of the place, R P Maheshwary and Ankur Maheshwary. In August 2005 the art was appraised by Guinness World Records as the World's Largest Indoor Mural. The art features on all interior walls and ceilings of a privately owned Shyam Vatika, whic...

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Sun Temple Gwalior
5 kms from Gwalior city limits
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The Sun Temple is one of the most impressive Hindu shrines in the city of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. It is located close to the Morar cantonment area. The best route to the temple from both the Gwalior railway station and the local bus stand is about 5kms in distance.

The spectacular Sun Temple is an ode to the Hindu Sun God. It is a counterpart of the famous Sun Temple in Konark, Orissa, and has been built along the same lines. The temple was commissioned by renowned industrialist, G. D. Birla, which makes it one of the many Birla Temples found throughout the country. The constructi...

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Suraj Kund, Gwalior
Within Gwalior city limits
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Suraj Kund is a beautiful pond situated near the Gwalior Fort. It gets its importance from the mythical or folklore story about King Suraj Sen of the 8th or 15th Century AD. There are myths that the water in this kund possesses magical powers and medicinal value that can mythologically cure chronic diseases. The beautiful vicinity of the pond along with the myth makes it an attractive tourist spot. Beautiful surroundings and mythological significance of the tank attract many devotees as well tourists every year.

Story goes that Suraj Singh, ruler of Gwalior once gone on hunting. He f...

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Teli Ka Mandir, Gwalior
3.4 kms from Gwalior city limits
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The Teli ka Mandir is a historic Hindu Temple which dates back to the 8th to 9th century. Situated in the premises of the Gwalior fort, this temple is around 3. 4 kms away from the city center. This temple has the distinction of being the oldest monument in the fort complex. Dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Matrikas, this temple is an example of a design based on 'musical harmonics' in architecture.

The Teli ka Mandir is an unusual yet amazing amalgamation of the Southern style of temple roofs i. e. the gopuram and the Northern Indo-Aryan style of decoration. Also, it is a mix of Hin...

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Tigra Dam
20 kms from Gwalior city limits
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Tighra Dam or Tigra Dam is a freshwater reservoir situated on the Sank river at a distance of 20 kms from Gwalior city in Madhya Pradesh. It plays a vital role in supplying water to the city of Gwalior and is one of the famous picnic places to visit near Gwalior. The dam is 24 metres high at its crest, and 1341 m long. The reservoir has a capacity of 4. 8 million cubic metres.

Tigra dam had a dubious history of having failed twice due to infiltration. However, today it has emerged as a favourite destination for families for a perfect getaway and spending some good time together. A...

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Urvai Gate, Gwalior
4.7 kms from Gwalior city limits
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Urvai Gate is the Western entrance to the Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh. The gate is located around 4. 7kms from the Gwalior railway station, and 4kms from the bus stand.

The Gwalior Fort has two gates at its Western frontier, the upper and the lower gate, the latter known as the Urvai Gate. Constructed by Iltutmish in the 13th century as part of the fort's outer defence boundary, the gate is also famous for leading the way to multiple massive rock-cut sculptures of the 24 Jain tirthankaras. The colossal figures line the western ramp between the gates and stand tall over visitors ...

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VanRaja- The Tigers of Madhya Pradesh is a museum of taxidermed tigers which is a fine example of European architecture designed and built by Sir Michael Filose in 1874. The museum is located in Lashkar, Gwalior and is with-in the city limits. It is named after the greatest animal showcased there which is the tiger, the king of the jungle meaning Vanraja.

The museum VanRaja is a combination of architectural styles, the first storey is Tuscan, the second is Italian-Doric and the third Corinthian. The whole estate includes H. H maharaja museum, VanRaja, museum along with Jai Vilas pa...

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Vikram Mahal, Gwalior
5 kms from Gwalior city limits
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The Vikram Mahal is a historical site inside the Gwalior Fort complex in Madhya Pradesh. The place is situated at a distance of close to 5 kms from the Gwalior railway station.

The Vikram Mahal was built by Vikramaditya, the son and heir of Maharaja Mansingh. Since he was also a devotee of the Lord Shiva, the place is also known as the Vikram Mandir, as it housed a temple in it before it was destroyed during the Mughal period. A newer temple established in later times in an open space outside the Vikram Mahal still exists at its spot, along with a mosque inside one of the smaller b...

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