Gwalior was founded in 8th century AD and ruled over by a succession of Rajput, Mughal, Afghan and Maratha kings. Just a few hours from Agra by train or road, Gwalior is famous for its old and very large fort that towers over the city. Within the fort walls are Jain sculptures, several interesting Jain and Hindu temples and ruined palaces. Visit the Gwalior Fort with its temples and palaces. Along the road to the fort gate are mid-15th century Jain sculptures, some impressively high. Within the fort with its 10 m high walls, see Man Singh Palace with its multi-coloured tiled and painted decorations, Gujari Mahal now housing an archaeological museum, the Sas-Bahu temples and Teli ka Mandir. Also visit Jai Vilas palace, still inhabited by the present Maharaja, where 35 rooms now house a museum. Later visit tomb of The father of Hindustani classical music, the great Tansen, one of the ‘nine Jewels’ of Akbar’s court, who lies buried in Gwalior.
When in Gwalior, do pick a lovely world famous Chanderi saree for yourself or as a gift for your close ones.