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 Palace in Gwalior

Man Singh Palace

This imperial-style palace is one of the more unusually decorated monuments you’ll see in India: the outer walls include a frieze of yellow ducks! These – and mosaic tiling of elephants, tigers and crocodiles in blu…
Top Choice Fort in Gwalior

Gwalior Fort

Perched majestically on top of a 3km-long plateau overlooking Gwalior, this 8th-century hilltop fort is an imposing, eye-catching sight, with the circular towers of the dominating Man Singh Palace ringed with turquo…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Orchha

Ram Raja Temple

At the centre of a lively square is the pink- and gold-domed Ram Raja Temple, the only temple where Rama is worshiped as a king. Built as a palace for Madhukar Shah’s wife, it became a temple when an image of Rama, …
Top Choice Jain Sculptures in Gwalior

Jain Rock Sculptures

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

State Museum

This first-class archaeological museum spread over 17 galleries includes some wonderful temple sculptures as well as 87 Jain bronzes unearthed by a surprised farmer in western Madhya Pradesh. Keep an eye out for the…
Top Choice Mosque in Bhopal


Bhopal’s third female ruler, Shah Jahan Begum wanted to create the largest mosque in the world, so in 1877 she set about building Taj-ul-Masjid. It was still incomplete at her death in 1901, after funds had been div…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Khajuraho


The 30.5m-long Kandariya-Mahadev, built between 1025 and 1050, is the largest temple and represents the highpoint of Chandelan architecture. It also has the most representations of female beauty and sexual acrobatic…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Khajuraho

Lakshmana Temple

The large Lakshmana Temple took 20 years to build and was completed in about AD 954 during the reign of Dhanga, according to an inscribed slab in the mandapa (pillared pavilion in front of a temple). It’s arguably t…