Gwalior is a city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, also known for its rich history and culture. The city is home to one of the finest forts in the country.
The city hosts a music festival called The Tansen Music Festival which is held every year and dedicated to the pillar of Indian music.
The city is also famous for hosting Gwalior Trade Fair which is the largest trade fair in India started by King of Gwalior, Maharaj Madhav Rao Scindia in 1905.
There are a number of attractions in Gwalior whose presence
will take you on a walk through Gwalior's rich culture and history. Some of them are:
- Gwalior Fort (Known as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’)
- Phool Bagh (Famous for well-maintained and beautiful gardens)
- Teli Ka Mandir (Famous for its Dravidian architecture and detailed artwork)
- Moti Mahal (Famous for wall paintings and mosaic work depicting Ragas and Raginis)
- Tomb of Tansen (Memorial of Tansen - renowned singer in Akbar’s kingdom and father of Indian classical music)
- Sun Temple (Also called Surya Mandir)
Gwalior has got some of the best parks and gardens where one can practice yoga, mediation or simply just relax. Some of them are:
- Mohan Nagar Park (A small park with playarea for children)
- Thatipur Park
- Charak Udhyan
Gwalior is famous for its handicrafts and leather products. The city is also a good place to buy Chanderi Saris. Some of the best shopping destinations are:
- Arihant Emporium (Famous for hand-woven saris, jute crafts, silverware, dokra figurines, brassware, and tribal wooden jewelry)
- Patankar Bazaar (Famous for ornaments, dolls, lacquer ware, wall hangings, and handmade carpets)
- Sarafa Bazaar (Famous for Chanderi silks, brocade and Silk saris and handloom products)
- Topi Bazaar (Famous for leather made sandals and designer bags)
Some of the best malls for Shopping, Food & Entertainment in the city includes DB City Mall, Dindayal City Mall, The Centeral Mall, Parasmani Mall, Acer Mall, Subway Mall, Mazi Mall etc.
Some of the best places for night out in Gwalior are:
- DnD Discotheque
- Spectrum Discotheque and Pub
- Barcode Discotheque and Bar
Talking about museums in the city, these marvels talk about a lot about history and culture which is preserved till date. Some of the famous Museums to explore are:
- H H Maharaja Jiwaji Rao Scindia Museum (Build in the memory of ShrimantJivajiraoScindia)
- Sarod Museum (Famous for old age instruments that belonged to some of the most talented artists from the yester years)
- State Archeological Museum (Famous for antiques like Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain sculptures)
Any vacation is incomplete without savouring the food of the city that you are traveling to. Below listed are few foods whose smell is enough to gain your attention:
- Lambi Pani Poori (Fried oblong-shaped Pooris made of Semolina, filled with boiled peas curry and spiced minty water)
- Karela Chaat
- Petha Gilori
- Paneer Jalebi
Gwalior is a city filled with culture, history and traditions, and attending the festivals and fairs here are the best way to dive into the culture of this city. There are three important festivals/fairs in Gwalior:
- Tansen music festival (An event that honors the music legend Tansen)
- Gwalior carnival (The event is hosted by MP tourism department, held every year and is the great way to indulge in the traditional cuisine, dance, music, and history)
- Gwalior annual trade fair (Known for best deals on shopping for traditional clothing, arts, and furniture)
For people interested in animals and wildlife, a visit to the following wildlife sanctuaries in Gwalior would be definitely worth the time:
- Gwalior Zoo - Entry Fee: Rs 20 for Adults & Rs 5 for Children
- Madhav National Park - Entry Fee: Rs 15 for Indians & Rs 150 for Foreigners
- Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary
Gwalior has a range of interesting places to visit but the fame that city enjoys is owed to the great collection of ancient forts and religious places.
Some of the religious places are Sas Bahu Temple, Sun Temple Gwalior, Teli Ka Mandir, Chaturbhuj Temple, Sai Baba ka Mandir, Sheetla Mata Temple, Koteshwar Temple.
Architectural marvels and cultural significance are the major factors that make Gwalior a great destination for tourists.
While, the city doesn't fail to surprise tourists with its old-world charm and authenticity, it also has some of the best luxurious accommodations that includes:
- Taj Usha Kiran Palace (INR 7000 onwards per night)
- Clarks Inn Suites (INR 4800 onwards per night)
- Hotel Neemran's Deo Bagh (INR 4500 onwards per night)
- Radisson Gwalior (INR 4000 onwards per night)
- Gwalior Regency (INR 2500 onwards per night)
The city also offers some of the best pocket-friendly hotels that are:
- Adityaz (INR 2500 onwards)
- The Central Park Hotel (INR 2300 onwards)
- MK Vivanta (INR 2000 onwards)
- Grace (INR 1300 onwards)
Gwalior is not about history alone but a city with great food too. The city has a wide variety of Indian cuisines to offer. With great ambience and hospitality, these below listed restaurants will surely give you a delightful eating experience.
- Cafe Prizon (The cafe has a prison wherein you can sit and enjoy your food)
- Kwality Restaurant (Known for cuisines like Indian, Mughlai and Chinese)
- Alfanzo (A pure-vegetarian restaurant where Chhole bhature and chhole kulche are a must-try)
- Captain's Cafe (Known for Continental cuisine)
- Boulevard 69 Cafe & Restro (Known for amazing coffee)
- Police Helpline - 100
- Women Helpline - 1090
- Child helpline - 1098
- Fire Helpline - 101
- Medical Emergency Helpline - 108
- Farmer Call Centre - 18001801551
Hindi is the official language of Gwalior.
- Welcome - svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad