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Gwalior: Land of Palaces and Forts

Category: Travel

6 December 2016

Situated in Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior flashes in the list of cities which have strong ties with the royal history. It was one of the places which was regarded as strategically important by many rulers due to its geographical location. Several dynasties (including Mughals, British, Rajputs, Marathas etc) flourished here and have left their own impressions. So it somewhere emerged as a converging ground of various cultures and traditions that different empires brought with them.

To start with throwing light on the glorious past of this city, let us enlighten you that Gwalior is the birthplace of Tansen who was one of the ‘Navratnas’ (nine jewels) in Akbar’s court. But even more than this, Gwalior is famous for the architectural marvels especially the majestic palaces and forts which stand as undisputed heritage symbols.

Some of the famed ones which form a part of a typical Gwalior itinerary are:

1. Gwalior Fort which was built by Suraj Sen, founder of the city. This fort was so intelligently constructed that it offered a panoramic circular view of outside area.

2. Jal Vilas Palace which is the residence of royal family of Gwalior- Scindia family. Out of 400 rooms in the Palace, 40 rooms have been converted into a museum and opened for general public and the rest has been retained by the Scindias.

3. Man Mandir Palace whose main attraction is the pond where royal women of the house committed Johar (mass suicide to save their honour) after the clan lost the battle.

So to get in touch with the time gone by and to know many other interesting historical stories of Gwalior, visit various palaces and forts of the city where majesty and resplendence have been locked well in time. That’s why it has earned the sobriquet “Land of Palaces and Forts”. 

If you want to see all the attractions of Gwalior than you can travel in a luxury train named as Maharajas Express. This luxury train covers the route of Gwalior by Indian Panorama journey.


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