Gwalior Fort

The Gwalior Fort is an extremely renowned tourist location in Madhya Pradesh. It is a very ancient fort built in the 8th century by the ruler Man Singh Tomar. The fort has two parts, namely, Gurjari Mahal and Man Mandir. This fort is locally called as “Gwalior Qila”. The Gurjari Mahal Fort was built for the protection of Queen Mrignayani and now it has been transformed to a Museum.

The fort is one of the biggest fort in India. It voers an area of 3sq. kilometres and is 35 feet high. There are tow gates, one on the northeast side with a long access ramp and other on the southwest. The water tanks of the fort could provide water to a 15000 strong garrison they were required to secute the fort. Eveyr evening a light and sound show is presented in the Fort's open amphitheater.

Gwalior Qilais a hill fort near Gwalior Madhya Pradesh, Central India. The fort has been controlled by a number of different rulers in its history.

One of the best places to visit in Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior fort is one of the oldest and resplendent fortresses in India.

Hindi is the official language spoken here.

Travel Tips

Since the Gwalior Fort has a lot to do with the history of King Man Singh Tomar, so if you visit the place after doing some research or homework on King Man Singh Tomar’s life history, then your visit can become more exciting. You must also take very comfortable shoes because going round the fort will take a lot of time and so if the shoes are complicated you might become irritated.

When to visit

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Things to do

The Gwalior Fort is made up of sandstone and it is a fantastic construction to admire. The steep road that goes up to the fort has statues of the Jain Tirthankaras. The construction is inspired by Emperor Babur. The carvings made on the sandstone surface are really exotic. The length of the fort extends up to 2 miles and the height is up to 35 feet. It’s a really strong fort that could give major protection in the battles that Man Singh and his army participated in. The Gurjari Mahal is also a symbol of love because it was built for Queen Mrignayani by Emperor Man Singh Tomar.

Getting Around

As Gwalior is a very posh city in Madhya Pradesh, so the local transportation is pretty strong. Public buses, cabs, shuttle cars and auto-rickshaws are plenty in availability for getting around the city. It is also quite affordable.

Places to Stay

Many hotels are there of low, mid and high range.

How to Reach

  • The Gwalior airport connects the city to the other major cities of the country through the airways. It is 8 km away from the heart of the city.
  • The Gwalior Railway station connects Gwalior to the rest of the country through the Railway system. There are direct trains to Gwalior from all major cities. From outside the station, there are taxis and buses available to visit the Gwalior fort.
  • The road connections to Gwalior are very strong and thus there are frequent bus services to this city from all the major surrounding areas. There are also direct buses to Gwalior from Indore, Delhi, Kanpur and also Jaipur.

Surrounding Attractions

Apart from the 2 divisions of the Gwalior Fort, there are other wonderful things to explore in Gwalior. These are as follows-

  • The Sas-Bahu Temples: These two temples are located within the fort. They have spectacular carvings and artistry. One of the temples is small and the other is bigger. Thus they are named as Sas-Bahu temples which mean Mother-in-law and daughter-in-law respectively.
  • The Memorial of Tansen: The Memorial of Tansen is a tribute to the pioneer of vocal music in India that is Tansen. This memorial is located close to the tomb of Ghaus.
  • The Suraj Kund: This is the oldest building in Gwalior which was constructed in the 15th century even before Gwalior came into being. It’s a belief that Suran Sen was cured from leprosy by the water from the pond of Suraj Kund.
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Police: 100

Fire Brigade: 101

Hospital: 102