Located 423 km north of Bhopal, Gwalior is one of the largest cities in the state of Madhya Pradesh. A city rich in historical background & architectural splendors, Gwalior is one of the prime cities in the state and is well connected via airlines, rails and roadways to the rest of the country.
Often called as the ‘tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh’, the historic city of Gwalior represents a perfect blend of timeless architectural marvels of earlier times and architecturally modern educational as well as commercial centers. It was once under the rule of great Rajputs including Pratiharas, Kachwahas, Tomars as well as Matharas.
A city filled with many palaces, forts and monuments of yesteryears, Gwalior serves as a great tourist place in the state. An important city, it is also well linked through rails to all major cities in India, giving an easy access into the city. Gwalior Airport, which is one of the prominent airports in the region, also operates scheduled flights from Mumbaiand Delhi, but not on daily basis. The city enjoys sub-tropical type of climate with hot summers, humid monsoons and cool dry winters. October to March offers pleasant weather and is the best time of the year to visit the city. Gwalior Annual Trade Fair, Tansen Music festival and Gwalior Carnival, held during winter are the famous festivals celebrated in the city.
The city offers numerous attractions ranging from religious institutions to ancient forts, palaces, gardens and museums. Some of the main tourist attractions which should not be missed while visiting the city include the magnificent Gwalior fort, Man Mandir Palace, Gujari Mahal and Archaeological Museum, Sas-Bahu Temples, Memorial of Tansen, Suraj Kund, Sarod Ghar, Kala Vithikaand Scindia Museum.
Eating & Shopping
Gwalior is a haven for vegetarians. The city is popular for its lavish breakfast that comprises of kachories, samosas, bedai, potato curies, chutneys and sweet dishes like jalebis and rabdi. There are a plenty of budget as well as mid range hotels located all around the city where one can savor all local delights and other cuisines. Gwalior’s spicy namkeen is very famous and is a must try. Some of the popular eating places in the city for relishing local as well as other fare are located at Naya Bazaar, Achaleshwar road, Patankar Bazaar and Mandare ki Mata region.
The city is known for its Chanderi sarees which are a must buy. Aside from this, travelers can also shop for small stone figurines and unique handicraft items, which the city is renowned for. Some best places in Gwalior where you can purchase all kinds of items are Patankar Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar, Topi Bazaar, Bada and Naya Bazaar.
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