Gwalior- The land of Historical Legacy
Gwalior is an incredible destination to see in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the living symbols of the great historical past of India. This heroic city was the capital of some great dynasties like Rajputs, Pratiharas, Kachwahas and Tomars. The city is also famous for its palaces, temples and monuments. All these architectural splendors provoke the memories of great heroic reigns of India.
This history behind the name 'Gwalior' is believed to be according to an incident happened in the 8th AD. During this period, there was a chieftain called Suraj Sen. And during his golden days, he was stricken by a deadly disease. He was treated and cured by a hermit saint named Gwalipa. As a part of the gratitude towards the saint, Suraj Sen founded a city which named similar to the saint and thus the name 'Gwalior' was established.
In ancient days, Gwalior was the capital city of many ruling dynasties of the medieval India. The great place has witnessed the acts of many great kings, warriors, poets, musicians and saints. Gwalior is also known as the land of 'Khoranas'. Gwalior is one of the favorite destinations in Madhya Pradesh for the tourists. Tourists usually visit here to the great historical breath of the Ancient India. The hindi daily named Danik Bhaskar is one of the commonly used E-paper which gives the news about Gwalior and related places.
Attractions in Gwalior
1. Gwalior Fort : The Gwalior fort is the prime attraction in Gwalior. It is one of the magnificent monuments in this beautiful city. One can see the statue of Jain Thirthankara which is carved in to the rock face. This fort was once a great venue of battles, jauhars and imprisonment. The fort has a big outer wall, which is about 35 feet high. We can also see the sculpture of the king Babur, who was one of the greatest emperors in the ancient India.
2. Gujari Mahal: Gujari Mahal is one of the living examples of medieval architecture of India. This historical monument was built in the 15th century by Raja Mansigh Tomar for his ever loving memories of his wife named Mrignayani. The monument is under archeological department of Madhya Pradesh. The statue of Shalbhanjika is a famous one located near this historical monument.
3. Man Mandir Palace : The Man Mandir palace was built during the reign of Raja Mansingh. It was built between the years of 1486 and 1517. The monument has lost some of its tiles nowadays and can only be found out at some sections of the palace. The stone screens, musical halls are some of the exclusive features to see in this palace. This palace has witnessed some historical battle betweens Mughals and the Rajputs and is historically important.
4. Jaivilas Palace and Museum : the palace and museum is the residence of the Scindia family presently. Almost 35 rooms have been turned into Jivaji Rao Scindia Museum. All these rooms depicts a feel of regal lifestyle. The feature is also known for its big durbar halls, strong roofs and ceilings. It is said that the roofs of this palace are tested by 10 elephants to make sure its strongness.
5. Tansens Tomb : The funeral of the evershining emperor of music, named Tansen rests inside this tomb. Tansen was one of the 'nine jewels' in Akbar's court. The burial structure is completely built based on Mughal architecture. This is also a good example of cultural heritage of India. This great tomb is a venue o national level musical fest in India.
By Air: The nearest Airport available is Delhi and Jabalpur. Tourist vehicles are always available from Delhi and Jabalpur Airports to reach Gwalior.
By Rail: The nearest Railway Station is Gwalior Railway Station. Gwalior is one of the main stations of central railways connecting Delhi- Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai. Trains like Taj and Shatabdi express connect Gwalior with Delhi and Agra.
By Road: Gwalior has always regular bus services from Agra, Mathura, Jaipur, Delhi, Lucknow, Bhopal, Indore, Jhansi, Khajuraho, Ujjain, Sivapuri etc..
Accommodation in Usha Karan Palace, Gwalior
There are also many hotels in Gwalior which provides all the comforts. One of the very famous hotel in Gwalior is Usha Kiran Palace which is a pure blend of Indian tradition. Usha Karan hotel is exclusively known for its spa named Jiva Spas. The hotel also provides many recreational activities which include parasailing at Tigra Dam, river rafting, rock climbing, wall climbing, rapelling, valley crossing, trekking, motor bike expedition etc. There are also courses for Yoga and Meditation. Interested people can also have Cookery classes. Aerobics, Badminton, Mini cricket, Table tennis etc are also provided there. The hotel is only 25 kms away from Gwalior Airport and only 3 kms away from Gwalior railway Station