Gwalior is one of the oldest cities of central India and is popularly known city that has ocean of cultural heritage in its ambience. History of the city dates back to the 8th century AD when ruler of the city – Suraj Sen was cured by a hermit saint Gwalipa, from deadly disease.
As a token of thanks he named this city after the name of the saint which later became famous as Gwalior. The city over the years witnessed the aura of many great dynasties which gave the city new outlook because of the contributions of warrior kings, saints, poets, freedom fighters and musicians.
The city has extreme climatic conditions, scorching summer and chilly winter. Summer season (march – June) is extremely hot with temperature rising to 47°C, Monsoon ( July – October) is humid with temperature between 25°C-32°C, Winter ( December- February) is pretty cool with temperature dropping down to subzero. Best time to visit the city is between October-March.
The city is widely accepted as place of art, combined with historic as well as modernity in its culture and tradition. It is place which has nurtured many renowned artists like the famous singer Tansen, Baiju Bawra, Vishnu Pandit etc. The city has splendid mixture of two rich cultures – Bundeli and Braj. The entire atmosphere of the city has art and melody in it. The city celebrates all the festivals with great pomp and enthusiasm. Holi, Diwali, Navaratri and many other regional festivals are celebrated with full of zeal. Apart from this, the city hosts the musical extravaganza – Tansen Samaroh every year where singers across the country grace the festival and give their best performance. The local language spoken is Hindi.
Gwalior is the major tourists’ attractions in Madhya Pradesh. It has in its ambience historical places, temples, Museums and much more that mesmerises the onlookers.
- Gwalior Fort
- Man Mandir Palace
- Gujari Mahal and Archaeological Museum
- Sas- bahu temples
- Memorial of Tansen
- Suraj Kund
- Sarod Ghar
- Kala Vithika
- Scindia Museum
If you are food enthusiast the Gwalior has many food items that are sure to make your mouth water. The city offers gamut of spicy and sweet dishes that will be sure feast for your taste buds. Famous dishes like Samosa and Kachori, Jalebi and Rabdi, Morena Gajak , bafla, Rogan josh all gives finger licking taste. Milk and milk products are used in many dishes.
Gwalior is paradise for shopaholics. One can shop dolls, handmade carpets, laminated wares, jewellery, Chanderi saris and wall hangings. Sarafa bazaar, Jiyaji Chowk bazaar, Patankar bazaar and much more are the famous shopping hangouts in the city. Chowk of Bara House has some of the oldest shops of the state, the famous Chanderi Saris and traditional fabric materials can be purchased from this place.
Stay option in the city is not an issue as there are many budget hotels and luxury hotels that cater to requirements of tourists according to their needs and pocket. The city well known as princely state of Scindia dynasty is the city of true royals. The city is stands tall with pride with the memories of brave freedom fighters Tatya Tope and queen of valour Rani of Jhansi. The city of Gwalior is the perfect example of Royalty in Modernity.