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, and full of fascinating palaces, temples, museums and other buildings. Much of the fort is no…
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…
Gate in Gwalior

Eastern Approach

From the east a series of five gates punctuates the worn path up to Gwalior Fort (two of the former seven gates have disappeared). You enter by the Gwalior Gate, dating from 1660, which is followed quickly by the Ba…
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 extraordinary 14th-century sardulas (mytho…
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 …
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…
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…
Islamic Tomb in Gwalior

Tomb of Tansen

Tucked away in a lawned compound in the Hazira neighbourhood, just off the southwest corner of the resplendent tomb of the Sufi saint Mohammed Ghaus, is the smaller, simpler tomb of Tansen, a singer much admired by …