Gwalior’s tradition as a royal capital continued until the formation of present day India, with the Scindias having their dynastic seat here. The magnificent mementoes of a glorious past have been preserved with care, giving Gwalior an appeal unique and timeless.
Gwalior is the city of magnificently built palaces and temples. These splendid, historical palaces situated at high altitude are in fine shape to this date, reflecting their glorious past with pride. Of them, Gujri Mahal – adorned with heart winning wall paintings – is the most prominent one and is as well reputed to be the the most beautiful fort of Madhya Pradesh.
Maan Mahal and Scindia Mahal are other historical attractions of the city. These palaces were once inaccessible; destructive canons lying here and there confirm it. Saas Bahu Temple is an outstanding structure from the vintage point of construction and architecture.
Tomb of Tansen, who was one out of nine jewels of Great Mughal emperor Akbar, is also a must-visit site for an avid tourist. Adjacent to his grave stands the beautifully constructed grave of Mohammad Gaus-a sufi saint.
Scindia’s ruled this historic city for a long time and built several immortal structures. Speaking of the name of the city, one has a very interesting story to hear about this baptization. In 8 AD, ruler named Suraj Sen became seriously ill and his disease was found to be incurable. A saint Gwalipa cured him and in his respect, Suraj Sen named city as Gwalior.
Various rulers such as Rajput, Pratiharas, Kacchwahas and Tomars left their impression on the city by constructing beautiful fortress and structures. The great warrior and ruler of Jhansi, Rani Laxmi Bai, also died in Gwalior in a battle near a drain that is now preserved site of the city. Similarly, there are many museums that take tourists into another world.
Some of the good hotels in the town are Tansen Residency, Usha Kiran Palace, The Central Park, Hotel LandMark , Gwalior Regency, Hotel Shelter, Hotel Suruchi, Hotel SunBeam, Hotel India.
Gwalior is linked with all major cities of the country as well as state by air, rail and road. It is on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai railheads. Regular bus services connect the city with Agra, Mathura, Jaipur, Lucknow, Bhopal, Chanderi, Indore, Jhansi, Khajuraho, Rewa, Ujjain and Shivpuri.
Must see places : Gwalior fort, Teli ka Mandir, Jai Vilas Palace, Monuments, Art Galleries and Museums., Gwalior Zoo.