Gwalior Fort at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort

Another place which is a must visit is the fort of Gwalior.  This is on a hill.  Strong wall are built around the hill.  These are 2 miles long and 35 feet height and are intact even now.  The statues of Jain Teerdhankrs can be seen on the walls while going to the fort.  A local king carved them on the walls as he was interested in the Jain religion.  He destroyed some of them at the order of Mughals.  This fort went in to the hands of British rulers at a later stage.  This fort is so strong that Babur complimented that this is the best fort in the country.  When this fort was under Mughals. Aurangazeb had imprisoned his brother Murad in this fort.  He was hanged later.   51 subordinate kings were imprisoned here along with Hargobind Singh.  Queen Nurjahan ordered to release Hargobind Singh.  But Hargobind singh wanted all the kings to be released along with him. Then the Nawab laid a condition.  He said he will release all the kings who can come out holding the shirt of Hargobind singhHargobind singh’s shirt was torn in to pieces and made like a rope.  All kings came out holding that rope.

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Gwalior offers many places of historical importance to the tourists (From temples to palaces and Museums) | Road map and driving directions from Agra to Gwalior

Gwalior offers many places of historical importance to the tourists (From temples to palaces and Museums) | Road map and driving directions from Agra to Gwalior

Man mandir Palace

People who want to visit some different places other than temples, pilgrim centres should visit Gwalior once.  Some of the palaces in Gwalior are the evidences for history of Gwalior. The wealth of queens, love story of Mrignayani, Brutality of Aurangazeb, sweet notes of Tansen and the grandeur of Rajputs are some of the notable features of Gwalior.  The most interesting places of in and around Gwalior are

  1. Gwalior Fort
  2. Gujari Mahal
  3. Man Mandir Palace
  4. Jai Vilas Palace
  5. Surajkund lake

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Man mandir Palace at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Man mandir Palace

Man mandir Palace at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Man mandir Palace

Man mandir Palace

‘Man mandir Palace’ is another building built by Raja Mansingh Tomer.  This palace has a big vicinity, rooms and windows which enable the queens to watch the cultural programs conducted in the palace.  There are pipes to supply water to some of the rooms.  These are the then air coolers.  Narrow pipes are arranged to talk to people in different storey.  These are telephones.  There are 8 hooks to the roof of a hall. Golden cradles were arranged to these hooks for the queens.  There is also a swimming pool.  Queens who heard the news of death of their husband used to do ‘Sahagamanam’ (Throwing oneself in to the fire) in this pool after removing all the water.

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Surajkund is the tourist place near Gwalior | Location Map of Surajkund

Surajkund is the tourist place near Gwalior | Location Map of Surajkund

Surajkund

In 425 bc, a king Surajsingh went in to a forest for hunting.  He went missing in the forest.  He was very hungry and asked a sage who was doing penance for water.  The name of the sage was ‘Gwalipa’.  He asked the king to climb a hill for water.  The king went on to the hill and drank water which was found on the hill.  He was suffering from leprosy and the water cured his disease.  He constructed Surajkund Lake and a mandir in between the water.  Many people still believe that the water in the lake has medicinal values.  Since sage Gwalipa lived in this area, this town was called Gwalior.   There are many more places to visit in Gwalior like ‘Saas-bahu ka mandir’, Teli ka mandir, Gurudwara, Grave of Jhansi Rani.

 

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Sun Temple near Gwalior | Location Map of Vivaswan Surya Temple

Sun Temple near Gwalior
Vivaswan Surya TempleThere is a Sun temple at a distance of 20 km from Gwalior.  This is built by G.D.Birla in the middle of a big garden.  This resembles the Konark.  The temple is built on a high pedestal; it is designed with a chariot with 2 big wheels and 7 horses.  A marble statue of Sun God is present inside the temple.  The statue is very fascinating.  Beside the temple there is a tomb of Ghosh Mohammed.  This is a beautiful building.  Mohammed is a princess.  Mohammed has taught classical music to Tansen.  Original name of Tansen is Ramtanu Pandey.  He was born in a traditional Brahmin family in a village named Bahata near Gwalior. He learnt classical music from Mohammed. Tansen converted to Islam with Mohammed’s influence.  He became famous as a musician in the court of Akbar.  He wanted his body to be buried beside his music teacher.  Music festivals are organized in this vicinity every year.
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Jai vilas Palace at Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Jai Vilas Palace

Jai vilas Palace at Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Jai Vilas Palace

Jai vilas Palace at Lashkar

Another interesting place in Gwalior is the Jai vilas palace. There are 300 rooms in three storeys.  35 rooms of them are   converted to Jaijirao Scindia Museum.  Various articles are exhibited in each room.  Furniture of kings, clothes, weapons, horse carts, vintage cars and many more can be seen here.  Main attraction of this palace is the Darbar Hall. Persian Carpets, Silk Curtains and golden roof are breathtaking.  The chandeliers present here weight 3.5 tons each. 250 candles can be lighted in each chandelier. Another wonder in this palace is the silver toy train.  Silver tracks are laid on the long dining table.  This small train runs on these tracks with electricity.  The compartments of these trains contain wine bottles and Belgium crystal bowls.  When the guests open a cap of wine bottle the train automatically stops.  When it is closed the train moves again.

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