Gwalior attractions

Top Choice Fort in Gwalior

Gwalior Fort

Stretched majestically along the top of a 3km-long plateau overlooking Gwalior, the fort is a dominant, unmissable sight, full of fascinating palaces, temples, museums and other buildings. Much of the fort is now oc…
Top Choice Palace in Gwalior

Man Singh Palace

This imperial-style palace, built by Tomar ruler Man Singh between 1486 and 1516, is definitely one of India's more quirkily decorated monuments: its colourful exterior tilework includes a frieze of yellow ducks and…
Top Choice Palace in Gwalior

Jai Vilas Palace & Scindia Museum

The museum occupies some 35 rooms of the Scindias’ opulent Jai Vilas Palace, built by Maharaja Jayajirao in 1874 using prisoners from the fort. The convicts were rewarded with the 12-year job of weaving the hall car…
Top Choice Jain Site in Gwalior

Jain Rock Sculptures

While there are sculptures carved into the rock at a few points around the fort, including on the way up from the Gwalior Gate, the most impressive is the upper set on the western approach, between Urvai Gate and th…
Museum in Gwalior

State Archaeological Museum

This museum is housed in the 15th-century Gujari Mahal palace, built by Man Singh for his favourite rani (queen), next to the Badalgarh Gate. The entrance is flanked by two 14th-century sardulas (mythological man-li…
Historic Building in Gwalior

Scindia Chhatris

Set in formal gardens, the chhatris are magnificent walk-in marble structures as big as large houses, with Mughal-style pavilions and sikharas (Hindu temple-spires) facing each other across a pool with a criss-cross…
Hindu Temple in Gwalior

Sasbahu Temples

The Sasbahu, dating from the 9th to 11th centuries, are reminiscent of Central American Maya temples, with their dome- and pillar-covered roofs looking like miniature cities. Mother-in-Law, dedicated to Vishnu, has …
Palace in Gwalior

State Protected Monuments

Just north of the Man Singh Palace is the entrance to the ruins of the Vikram Mahal, Karan Mahal and other dilapidated palaces in the north of the fort. Also here is the Jauhar Kund, a tank famous as the scene of ma…
Hindu Temple in Gwalior

Teli ka Mandir

Used as a drinks factory and coffee shop by the British after the First War of Independence (Indian Uprising) of 1857, this 30m-high, 9th-century temple is the oldest monument in the compound.The modern, gold-topped…
National Park in Gwalior

Madhav National Park

Madhav National Park, 355 sq km of very degraded forest as well as lakes and grassland, is just east of Shivpuri. It's scattered with relics from the Scindias’ hunting days – a shooting box, hunting lodge and sailin…