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Gwalior Fort

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Silver Saloon

High-quality Indian and continental dishes, as well as some Thai, Nepali and Marathi specialities, are served in the air-con restaurant or on the palm-shaded verandah of this exquisite heritage hotel. It offers...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

North Indian in Gwalior

Moti Mahal Delux

Flavours pop on anything coming out of the tandoor at this jazzy nonveg Delhi transplant. It works magic with northwest frontier cuisine, especially the chicken tikka biryani, mutton rogan josh, and the...

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,...

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...

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...

Music in Gwalior

Tansen Music Festival

This five-day festival, dedicated to the revered 16th-century composer-musician Tansen, attracts classical musicians and singers from all over India, usually with free performances at Tansen's tomb.

Bar in Gwalior

H₂O Bar

This small but trendy bar downstairs in the Gwalior Regency does good cocktails (₹250 to ₹375) set to choice tunes. A DJ spins nightly and there are theme nights throughout the week (Bollywood, Sufi, ladies...

South Indian in Gwalior

Indian Coffee House

Hugely popular branch that does all the breakfast favourites – real coffee, dosas, scrambled eggs – but also has a main-course menu, including excellent thalis (₹140 to ₹250).

Sikh Temple in Gwalior


The fort's modern, gold-topped gurdwara is dedicated to Sikh Guru Hargobind Singh, who was imprisoned in Man Singh Palace from 1617 to 1619.

Gate in Gwalior

Hathi Gate

The fifth and final gate on the eastern path up to Gwalior Fort is the Hathi Gate, built in 1516, with its two tall towers. Through here you enter the palace area.

Gate in Gwalior

Gwalior Gate

From the east a series of gates punctuates the worn steps of the path leading up to the fort. You enter from Fort Rd by the Gwalior Gate, dating from 1660.

Hindu Temple in Gwalior

Chaturbhuj Mandir

You’ll pass a 9th-century Vishnu shrine known as the Chaturbhuj Mandir before reaching the fourth gate on the eastern approach to Gwalior Fort.