Gwalior – The Royal Fort

Gwalior is a must visit city, located in Madhya Pradesh. This place is mostly Known for its historic past, rich culture & architecturally rich monuments. Places has the Perfect recipe for making your Holiday, Memorable in Gwalior. Do not have Possibility for a long holiday? Well, even if you spare even a single day from your busy schedule then you can ideally cover many attactive places in Gwalior.

So, Here are some Must Visit Places in Gwalior, which no Traveler should Miss Out:

Gandhi Prani Udhyan

It is Situated in the Phool Bagh area of Gwalior. Gandhi Zoo (which is also known as Gandhi Prani Udhyaan) is a awesome zoo, which serves as a home to many rare species of animals including white tiger. Tourists can also see other animals such as Royal Bengal Tiger, Hippopotamus, Lion, Panther, Hyena, Bear, Sambhar and Spotted Deer, among others. The Gandhi Zoo was builted by Madhao Rao Scindia in 1922 and was inaugurated by the Prince of Wales. It is a great option for a perfect family outing.

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM (remains closed on Fridays)
Entry Fees: INR 20 for Adults & INR 5 for Children

Gwalior Fort

Suitably known as The Pearl of Fortresses in India by Babur, The Dignified Gwalior fort is sited on an isolated rock towering over the old city. The Aqua-Marine Montage on the facade make it stand out even from a distance. With the palaces, rock-cut temples and majestic architectural elements like Chinese dragons, exploring this glorious hill fort is one of the top things to do in Gwalior. The light and sound show, every evening takes you through the fort’s history & it must not be missed.

Timings: 6AM to 5:30PM every day
Entry fee: INR 75/adult for Indians; INR 250/adult for foreign nationals.

Jay Vilas Palace Museum

With 35 of the rooms converted into a museum. This grand palace is built by Jayajirao Scindia, which offers a glance into the Grand Luxurious Lifestyle of the royal family. It is one of the Supreme places to witness some Infrequent and Splendid pieces of art. The Residence of the Scindia’s is a Flashing Display of their Luxurious Lifestyle. The Durbar Hall with some of the grandest corona in the world and sparkling gold detailing will take your breath away. Do not miss the silver train in the Splended dining hall that served after-dinner cigar and brandy!

Timings: 10AM to 4:45PM (April to September); 10AM to 4:30PM (October to March). Closed on Wednesdays.
Entry Fee: INR 120 for Indians; INR 800 for foreign nationals.

Saas-Bahu Temple

With the Larger Extent, The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the smaller one to Lord Shiva. It is detected right inside the fort. These adorned carved twin temples in sandstone are perfect example of extraordinary architectural beauty. The four sculptures of Lords Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and goddess Saraswati, at the entrance are the exceptional amongst many enhancing the walls. The detailing and craftsmanship of the edifice, pillars as well as the dome are sure to leave you spellbound. Sited on a Cliff, the temple also offers panoramic views of the city.

Timings: 6AM to 5:30PM
Entry Fee: INR 15 for Indians; INR 200 for foreign nationals.

Gujri Mahal Archaeological Museum

It is established by King ManSingh Tomar for his dearest wife Mrignayanee, Today. Gujari Mahal became a home to the archaeological museum displaying an spiteful collection of art facts and sculptures. The majestic entrance is guarded by mythological man-lion figures and the museum also proudly displays the Indian Mona Lisa in stone, Shalabhanjika. You may have to ask the conservator to unlock the room to view this . The museum is a treasure trove of historical masterpieces.

Timings: 10AM to 5PM, Tuesday to Sunday.
Entry Fee: INR10 for Indians; INR 100 for foreign nationals.

Splash – The SunCity

Involve in making some fun memories with friends and family at this amusement park right in the center of the city. With alot of electrifying rides for adventure seekers and more than 10 water rides. Splash-The Sun City is great way to pass a few exciting hours. The water park has three huge pools with play area and many cool slides.

Timings: 10AM to 7PM
Entry Fee: Amusement Park- INR 200/adult; INR 150/child. Water Park – INR 400/adult; INR300/child

Tansen’s Tomb

With beautiful mughal styled latticed screens, this is a tranquil site for examination and steppin’ into the pages of the history of music. It is a delightful experience for music lovers to walk in the gardens, where the legendary musical genius Tansen walked many years ago.

Come in December, This historical site is transformed into a great stage for music lovers during the Tansen Music Festival. Its totally Lit and reverberating with the ragas, It is a Dope Experience to Remember.

Timings: 8AM to 6PM
Free Entry

Gopachal Parvat

This place is Located along the slopes near the Gwalior fort. Gopachal parvat with marvelous rock-cut sculptures of the 24 Jain tirthankars (spiritual teachers). Visiting these impressive sculptures carved out of the cliff is a Divine Spiritual and awe-inspiring experience. The 47-feet high towering monolithic image of Adinath seated on a lotus is a sight to behold. Built between by the Tomar kings between 14th & 15th centuries, these impressive statues are one of a kind architectural marvel.

TeliKa Mandir

This 30-metre high temple is the sky scaping and oldest monument inside the fort. With a Dravidian style sculpted shikhar and many Nagar style elements, the temple delightfully blends the northern and southern temple architecture styles. With a Splendid display of unique sculptures of coiling snakes, river goddesses and garud, This is a fantastic site for lovers of history and architecture.

Timings: 6AM to 5:30PM
Entry Fee: INR 15 for Indians; INR 200 for foreign nationals. Ticket also covers entry to Sahastrabahu temple and Man Singh Palace

Sun Temple

The ravishing beauty of the Sun Temple makes it one of the top places to see in Gwalior. Inspired by the ancient sun temple @Konark, This alluring architectural marvel posses as one of the best statues of sun god which is lit up by the rays of the sun from any one of the four sides. The bright red sandstone exteriors impressively contrast with the glittering white marble interiors to make this a must-see site in Gwalior. Visit just before sunset to be rewarded with some attractive panoramic views.

Timings: 6:30AM to 6PM
Free Entry

How to Reach

Gwalior is well connected via Air, Rail as well as Road. There are direct flights from Mumbai and Delhi. I’ve seen many tourists traveling from Agra to Khajuraho, My Recommendation to them would be to Add One Day Stop to Gwalior on the way.

Distance from Major Tourist Destinations:-

Delhi – 350 km

Agra – 120 km

Jaipur – 345 km

Khajuraho – 282 km