Eastern Approach

Gate in Gwalior

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 Badalgarh Gate, named after Badal Singh, Man Singh’s uncle. The State Archaeological Museum is on the right immediately after this.

Further up is the 15th-century Ganesh Gate, and then a small four-pillared Hindu temple to the hermit Gwalipa, after whom both fort and city are supposedly named. You pass a 9th-century rock-cut Vishnu shrine, the Chaturbhuj Mandir, before the Lakshman Gate, probably dating from the 14th century. Finally you enter the palace area through the two-towered Hathi Gate, built in 1516.