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GWALIOR (INDIA)

STATE :- MADHAYA PRADESH

 

DISTANCE

  • 423 KM From Bhopal
  • 486 KM From Indore
  • 321 KM From Delhi

 

CONNECTION
  • By Air : Gwalior has its own airport and receives regular flights from Delhi, Bhopal and other major cities of India. Air Deccan, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara and Alliance Air are the major operators in Gwalior.
  • By Rail : Gwalior railhead is an important station on Delhi - Mumbai and Delhi - Chennai routes. All major trains have a stop in Gwalior.
  • By Road : Gwalior is well connected to all the cities of Madhya Pradesh by regular state transport buses. There are buses coming to Gwalior from Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh.

 

ABOUT GWALIOR

Situated in Madhya pradesh, Gwalior is known as "the land of music, art and history". It is the birth place of the legendery Miyan Tansen (Music Samrat). An ancient city boasting of its rich cultural heritage of the great Rajput, the Kachchwas and the Tomar dynasties. The city is proud of its ancient culture blended with modern outlook.Gwalior houses one of India's oldest fort the Gwalior Fort which has within its vast premises, the carved Jain Sculptures, the Mansingh Palalce, and several other attractions.

Every crumbling wall of the temple and monument has a story to tell. The majestic Gwalior Fort still stands tall. Each and every corner of the fort has seen the change of fate of many powerful dynasties. Gwalior is just the perfect tourist destination for those who want to get a glimpse of the era that has seen the might of Rani Laxmibai ,the Indian Joan of Arc. Great care has been taken to preserve the memories of the glorious past of this ancient city. History comes alive when one visits the palaces and the museums.

 

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN GWALIOR
  • The Fort : Standing on a steep mass of sandstone, Gwalior Fort dominates the city and is its most magnificent monument. It has been the scene of momentous events: imprisonments, battles and jauhars. A steep road winds upwards to the fort, flanked by statues of the Jain tirthankaras, carved into the rock face. The magnificent outer walls of the fort still stand,two miles in length and 35 feet high, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible forts of India. This imposing structure inspired Emperor Babur to desribe it as "the pearl amongst the fortrssess of Hind.
  • Tansen's Tomb : A pillar of Hindustani classical music, the great Tansen, one of the nine jewels' of Akbar's court, lies buried in Gwalior, the memorial to this great musician has a pristine simplicity, and is built in the early Mughal architectural style. More than a monument, the tomb is part of Gwalior's living cultural heritage: it is the venue of a music festival on a national scale held annually in November-December.
  • Sarod Ghar : This Museum of Music has been set up in the old ancestral house of the legendary Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan. It houses ancient instruments of the great Indian Masters of yesteryears. Sun Temple: Located near the Residency at Morar, the newly constructed Sun Temple takes its inspiration from the famous Konark sun Temple in Orissa.
  • Memorial of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi : This memorial stands near Phoolbagh. One of the most famous ladies in the entire History of India, Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi laid down her life in Gwalior. Laxmibai was one of the leaders in the first freedom struggle of India. Rani of Jhansi, Laxmibai came to Gwalior when general Huroz of British army defeated Laxmibai in Kalpi. Maharaja Scindhia of Gwalior betrayed Laxmibai. He gave her a weak horse. Sensing something-fishy Laxmibai decided to leave Gwalior. She made the supreme sacrifice while fighting British, on 18th June 1858.
  • Kala Vithika and Municipal Museum : The Kala Vithika is another treasure house of the arts. The Municipal corporation Museum, open all days except Mondays, has a very fine natural history section.
  • Jai vilas Palace and Museum : A splendour of a different kind exists in the Jai Vilas Palace, current residence of the Sciindia family. Some 35 rooms have been turned into the Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum, and in these rooms, so evocative of a regal lifestyle, the past comes alive. Jai Vilas is an Italianate structure which combines the Tuscan and Corinthian architectural modes. The imposing Darbar hall has two central chandeliers weighing a couple of tones and hung only after ten elephants had tested the strength of the roof. Ceilings picked out in gilt, heavy draperies and tapestries, fine Persian carpets and antique furniture from France and Italy are features of these spacious rooms.
  • Gujari Mahal : Within the fort are some marvels of medieval architecture. The 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for his intrepid Gujar Queen, Mrignayani. The outer structure of Gujari Mahal has survived in an almost total state of preservation; the interior has been converted into Archaeological Museum housing rare antiquities, some of them dating back to the 1st century AD even though many of these have been defaced by the iconoclastic Mughals, their perfection of form has survived the ravages of time. Particularly worth seeing is the statue of Shalbhanjika from Gyraspur, the tree goddess, the epitome of perfection in miniature .

 

RELIGIOUS PLACES IN GWALIOR
  • Man Mandir Palace : Built between 1486 and 1517 by Raja Mansingh . Within, the palace rooms stand bare, stripped of their former glory, testifying to the passing of the centuries. Vast chambers with fine stone screens were once the music from the great masters of the day. Below, circular dungeons housed the state prisoners of the Mughals. Emperor Aurangzeb had his brother, Murad, imprisoned, and later executed here. Close by is Jauhar Pond, where, in the Rajput tradition, the ranis committed mass sati after their consorts had been defeated in battle. At Man Mandir Palace, a poignant ambience of those day of chivalry and heroism still lingers in the silent chambers. A superbly mounted Son-et-Lumiere here brings it all alive every evening.
  • Teli ka Mandir : An 11th century built ancient architectural marvel, the Teli ka Mandir is renowned for its unique blend of Dravidian & Indo-Aryan architectural styles. This towering 100 feet tall temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
  • Suraj Kund : Though major protions of the fort were built in the 15th century, references to this gigantic complex can be traced back to 425 A.D. Older than the city is the Suraj Kund within the fort, walls, the original pond where Suraj Sen, or Suraj Pal as he was later known, was cured by saint Gwalipa.
  • Sun Temple : Also known as the Surya Mandir, the Sun Temple is located at a distance of 5 km from the city center near the residency of Morar. The architecture of this temple has been inspired by the famous Sun Temple of Konark, Orissa.
  • Sas Bahu Temple : These twin temples of Gwalior are housed within the premises of the Gwalior Fort. The temples exhibit elaborate architectural splendor in the form of intricate carvings, sculptures & art work.
  • Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhod : This Gurudwara had been built to commemorate the celebrated release of Guru Hargobindsingh Sahib, the sixth Nanak of Sikh. The place today stands as a significant pilgrimage destination of the Sikh.

 

WHEN TO GO GWALIOR

The best time to visit the place is from autumn of October to the spring at the end of March. The monsoon months can also be enjoyed as the environment becomes green and the air is fresh and cool.

 

WEATHER FORECAST

Gwalior has extreme climatic conditions, scorching summer and chilly winter. Summer (March to June) temperature rises to 47°C and has a minimum of 16°C. Monsoon rainy season during July to October is humid and temperature within 25°C to 32°C. Winter (December to February) is chilly and can drop down to subzero. Day time in winter can have temperature up to 27°C.

 

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN GWALIOR
  • The Tansen Music Festival : Gwalior has special affinity with the classical music and singing. It has been an influence on the Hindustani classical music. Gwalior has retained the strong musical tradition. Tansen the exponent of Dhrupad style, went on to evolve the Gwalior Gharana whose contemporary exponent is the world renowned Sarod player Amjad Ali Khan. As a tribute to Tansen, the great master of classical music, a festival is organised in the month of November / December every year. Renowned musicians from the country gather to give performance during the festival.
  • Gwalior celebrates Holi and Rang Panchami during March – April, Diwali in October and Ganesh Chathurdhi in September with much enthusiasm and festivities.

 

FOOD AND RESTURANTS IN GWALIOR
  • Vegetarian Cuisine : The cuisine in Madhya Pradesh has a small tinge of Rajasthani and Gujrati cuisines. Earlier, Jowar was the most important cereal here. But now, Wheat is the staple food of Madhya Pradesh. Major share of the dishes in the state are vegetarian. The most famous of all the dishes is 'bhutte ki kees'. Corn and milk are the major ingredients in the meal. The corn is first grated and then roasted in ghee. It is then cooked in milk and few spices are mixed. The resulting meal is something that will make you want it again and again. Chakki ki shaak is another dish that has made it to list of supremely sumptuous. It is made up of wheat dough which is steamed and is used with a gravy of curd. Tapu is a different variety of wheat with which, special sweet cakes are made. You won't find them always as they are generally made during festival seasons. Madhya Pradesh is also famous for many sweet dishes like 'mawa-bati', 'khoprapak', 'shreekhand' and 'malpua'.
  • Non Vegetarian Delicacies : Non veg lovers are also in for a great time in Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal is the place where you will find few of the most delicious meat and fish items. The most favored is the spicy rogan josh that will make you crave for more after you have it once. Other delectable non veg items that made their mark in the hearts of many foodaholics are korma, seekh kabbab and shami kabbab. These items have become an inseparable part of all grand feast.

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