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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular attractions in Gwalior?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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Gwalior is a tourist’s delight. The historical and cultural tokens spread across the city will keep you occupied during your trip to this amazing city. Excited, aren’t you? Well, you are bound to be. Here is the list of all that you simply cannot afford to miss here.

  • Gwalior Fort

    Gwalior Fort was built in the 15th century by Raja Man Singh Tomar. The fort towers over the city and presents lovely views. Covering an area of 3 sq. km, it is home to three temples, six palaces and a number of water tanks. The walls of the fort itself are glorious running 2 miles in length and standing 35 feet tall.

  • Gwalior fort is open to visitors from 8 am in the morning to 6 pm in the evening and the entry fee is INR 5. The fort exhibits a brilliant light and sound show which is organized at 8.30 pm in the summers (March to October) and at 7.30 pm in winters (November to February). The show costs INR 40 per head.

  • Man Mandir Palace

    Built by
    Raja Man Singh, the palace is adorned with patterns of animals, flowers and human forms, in tile and paint. The palace is four storeyed, with the lowest being the dungeons that imprisoned many a Mughal prisoners. A significant site in the palace is Jauhar Pond, where the Rajput ladies used to commit Sati. The monument, in spite of having been worn out with time, is a living symbol of Gwalior’s royal heritage.

  • The temple remains open daily for tourists and the entry fee is INR 100 per person. You need to shell out INR 25 extra if you wish to carry a camera along.

  • Jai Vilas Palace

    This used to be the residential property of the royal family of the Scindias, who then turned it into a museum. The palace houses an awesome collection of antiques and unique gadgets belonging to the olden times. The museum boasts of the world’s largest chandelier and reflects a unique blending of Indian and British architecture.

  • The palace remains open to visitors on all days from 10 am to 5 pm except on Wednesday. The entry fee is INR 40 for Indian and INR 300 for foreign visitors.

  • Teli ka Mandir

    This temple dating back to the 9th century is the highest building in the fort of Gwalior, reaching a height of 100 feet. Most of the decorative details in this temple follow the North Indian idiom, while the tower is in the Dravidian style. Near this temple is the Suraj Kund, a tank believed to have miraculous healing properties. Entry to Gwalior Fort grants you access to this temple too, and you don’t need to shell out any extra entrance charges. While making a visit to Gwalior Fort, you must also try to visit Tansen’s Tomb, a fabulous site nearby where the yearly Tansen Music Festival is conducted.

If you are looking for a guide to lead you through these wonders in Gwalior, it’s advisable that you do so in advance. Of course, these are just some suggestions to start with. The city has much more colours to it. So, keep exploring!

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