Gwalior – Treasure of Madhya Pradesh through Maharajas’ Express
Gwalior is one of the gems of Madhya Pradesh. This former princely state holds a supreme prestige for its awe-inspiring cultural history. The town is titled to honor ‘Gwalipa’, a saint. He was able to heal a deadly disease of Suraj Sen, founder of the city.
This medieval majesty acted as the cradle of a numerous reigns that ruled it for years. Their impact is quite apparent in the imperial structures that overlook the cityscape. Splendid palaces, regal forts and impressive temples add to the magnificent charm of this ‘Heart of Incredible India’. These marvels of Gwalior speak volumes of its outstanding past.
Besides a significant historical legacy, the city has bestowed India with some of the gems like famous music maestro Tansen, Baiju Bawra, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Ustad Alla Rakha. The city also boasts of being the birthplace of prominent hockey player, Dhyan Chand. With so much to explore and witness, one must visit this enchanting city for sure.
Palaces in Gwalior
Jai Vilas Palace
Jayajirao Scindia laid the foundation of Jai Vilas Palace in 1874. It still continues to be the residence of his progenies. Famous for its plush interiors, the Durbar Hall is adorned with gold and gilt furnishings. Two colossal Belgian chandeliers of dimensions 100X50X41 each are center of attraction. Every intricate detail of this place is worth noticing. It took around twelve years to weave one of the carpets here. More than 35 rooms out of the 400 rooms have been creatively transformed into a Museum.
Man Singh Palace
Man Singh Tomar built this royal palace between 1486 and 1516. This palace couldn’t bear the loss of the Tomar ruler however it still continues to portray the detailed patterns and carvings of the bygone era. It is due to this that the palace is recognized as the Chit Mandir or the Painted Palace. It’s a four level maze. Lower levels house two round halls. These were intended to provide a relief from the hot weather. They were also connected by ‘speaking tubes’ embedded into the walls. Mughals used these halls as cells for top notch prisoners.
Museums in Gwalior
The foundation of the Gujari Mahal was laid by Man Singh in the 15th century for his beloved wife Mrignayani. Now a State Archaeological Museum, it must be visited to see the statues, sculptures and other remains of 1st and 2nd century BC.
The Sarod Musuem
Alluring all the classical music lovers from far and near, The Sarod Musem was intended to promote Indian Classic music, culture and heritage. The main motive of the Sarod Ghar is to aware people about the classical musicians, instruments and music. With due reverence to the prominent music maestros of the bygone era, the museum has preserved some of the contemporary and old instruments belonging to them.
This museum of Gwalior is noted for housing ancient paintings and musical instruments. It is a treat for all the architecture enthusiasts. Kala Vithika also depicts a clear picture of rich history and culture of Madhya Pradesh.
Forts in Gwalior
Topping the chart is the Gwalior Fort which has given an identity to Gwalior. The stunning fort is standing high for over a century and has witness the glorious past. It never fails to enthrall its visitors with a 360 degree view of the city from the top. Suraj Sen was the man behind this one of the biggest fort in India. This dominant fort is bounded by scenic views, mesmerizing temples, palaces, museums and other buildings. It is due to its remarkable position on a sandstone hilltop, this fort is titled as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’.
Temples in Gwalior
Teli Ka Mandir
Once a soda factory of the Britishers, this temple is a rare mélange of Indo-Aryan style décor and South Indian styled roof architecture. Dating back to 9th century, it is dedicated to Lord Pratihara Vishnu.
No! It has nothing to do with the Saas (Mother-in-Law) and Bahu (Daughter-in-Law). Rather, it is a short form of the word Shastra Bahu aka Lord Vishnu. Adorned with immaculate artefacts, these adjacent temples attract visitors and devotees.
Dedicated to the Sun, Surya Mandir is an architectural marvel. The striking contrast of white marble and red sandstone represent a true example of superb architecture.
Padavali and Bateshwar
Known as ‘Mini Khajuraho’, Padavali is a fortress housing numerous temples. The outcome of an excavation in 2005, these temples attract worshippers of Vishnu and Shiva.
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