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Top Tourist Attractions to Visit in Gwalior through Maharajas’ Express

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Top Tourist Attractions to Visit in Gwalior through Maharajas’ Express

The Maharajas’ Express is recognized as one of the most expensive trains in the world. It covers the popular destinations of India such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi. 

With the Maharajas’ Express – the world’s leading luxury train, adore and explore the beauty of Gwalior, Madhya  Pradesh among the other 5 states.

A journey to Gwalior via this luxury train will take you to experience the best of Gwalior that includes beautiful temples, magnificent forts, and monuments. 

The Maharajas’ Express has won the ‘World Travel Award’ for the world’s leading luxury in the years 2012 and 2017. Other awards include the Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards. 

Go through the handy list of the destinations and enjoy some of the top tourist attractions to visit in Gwalior by traveling through Maharajas’ Express.

Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort is located on a separate rugged mountain called Gopachal. Gwalior Fort is one of the beautiful forts in India. This century-old architectural marvel is renowned for its magnificent construction and rich history, and other anecdotes. According to the sagas, there was a saint named Gwalipa once visited the fort to meet the king, the king was suffering from leprosy after seeing him the saint offered him some water, the king instantly turns healthy. Thereafter, the king named the fort and the town after the saint’s name being gratified by his prophecy. The fort has various temples, water tanks, palaces in its complex. 

Jai Vilas Palace

A blend of Italian-Doric, Tuscan, and Corinthian architecture. Jai Vilas Palace is a 19th-century royal residence cum museum that owns excellent architecture and a great collection of curios, belonging to the times of Mughal Emperors and the queen Lakshmibai of Jhansi. The palace was built in the year 1874 by Jayajirao Scindia of the Maratha Scindia Dynasty. The facade of the palace was designed by the famous architect Sir Michael Filose. The palace boasts about 400 rooms each decorated with Italian marble, elegant accessories, opulent Persian carpets, and rare antiquities from different parts of the world. The major highlight of the palace is the great chandeliers, which is one of the largest chandeliers in the world hanging in the main Durbar hall. The museum inside the palace is having a great collection of portraits of the Scindia royal family, royal carriages, rare artifacts, furniture decorative, paintings, art pieces, sculptures, textiles, etc. The museum has about 35 rooms to explore. The beautiful garden outside the palace adds more charm in its greatness.

Man Mandir Palace 

Man Mandir Palace also called Man Singh Palace is one of the beautiful palaces located on the premises of the Gwalior Fort. The palace was built by Raja Man Singh Tomar. Man Mandir exhibits great artwork and elegant cravings. The palace has 4 stories the two stories located above the ground and two stories below the ground. The above two floors have an open courtyard, music hall, king, and queen rooms. The palace is located in the North-east end of the fort.

Suraj Kund

Overlooking the majestic Aravalli hills Suraj Kund is a water reservoir located on the premises of the Gwalior Fort. The kund was built by Suraj Pal of the Tomar Dynasty. Legend says there was a saint named Gwalipa who once visited the fort to meet the king. The King was suffering from leprosy after seeing him the saint offered some water from the kund and the king immediately became healthy. Being delighted by his prophecy, the king named the fort and the town after the saint’s name. It is still believed that the water of the kund is having medicinal value and it can cure any chronic diseases. 

Gujari Mahal 

Gujari Mahal is a famous archaeological museum located near the Gwalior fort. Gujari Mahal was built by king Man Singh for his beloved wife Mrignayani, according to tales she put some conditions in front of king Man Singh before marrying him. She asked the king to provide a water supply to the fort from her village but it was very challenging to get the water system up to the hill fort so the king decided to build a palace on the foothills from where the water can flow from her village to the palace. Thus the palace got the name, Gujari Mahal. The archaeology department of India converted the palace into the museum in the year 1922. Now the museum has 28 galleries and 9000 artifacts. Gwalior fort offers a striking view of the Gujari Mahal from the Gujari Mahal viewpoint which is located on the premises of the fort. 

Teli Ka Mandir

Teli ka Mandir is one of the beautiful temples located on the premises of the Gwalior fort. The meaning of the temple is related to the oil dealer. As per the saga, it is said that the temple was originally built by the oil dealers without any help from the king. The temple is a great showpiece of architectural marvel. The structure of the temple depicts a mixed style of south and north Indian architecture.

Sas- Bahu Temple

Sas– Bahu Temple is one of the wonderful temples located within the walls of Gwalior Fort. You might get confused by the name of the temple and most probably think about the temple is related to mother-in-law which is denoted as sas and daughter-in-law denoted as Bahu. But it is not the actual fact, the name of the temple is related to Shastra Bahu, which is another name of Lord Vishnu. The temple is beautifully constructed, classically sculpted, and located in peaceful surroundings.

Tomb of Ghaus Mohammed  

Tomb of Ghaus Mohammed is located a few miles away from the famous Gwalior Fort. Gaus Mohammad was a Sufi saint and was the mentor of great musician Tansen. Gaus Mohammad’s tomb is an excellent example of medieval Mughal architecture, the tomb looks very beautiful due to its architectural beauty and stone carvings. 

This tomb was constructed as the resting place in honour of Mohammad Ghaus, the Sufi saint, advisor to the Mughal Emperor Akbar and music teacher to Tansen, whose tomb is also here. The building walls are beautifully crafted of fine latticework, while the building is a fine example of Mughal architecture. One of the best things to see in Gwalior.

Padavali and Bateshwar 

 Nestled in a peaceful location, about one-hour drive from Gwalior city. The temple is often pronounced as Paravali or Padawali. A hidden gem and a beautiful 10th century classical Shiva temple in Madhya Pradesh. The stunning architecture of the temple offers a remarkable view, whether it is the dome, pillars, or walls the entire temple is lavishly decorated with classically sculpted idols of god and goddesses. Before you start climbing the stairs you will find two carvings of the lion which is just a replica. The original carvings can be seen at Gujari Mahal State Archaeological Museum which is mentioned above.Bateshwar, an ancient site where you can witness more than 200 sandstone temples and their ruins. The temple is constructed in Pratihara style and the walls of the temple are beautifully decorated with elaborate carvings. The site is also termed ‘mini Khajuraho’.

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