The smooth journey from Agra to Gwalior was covered by the Shatabdi Express and I reached Gwalior at 10 am. Though I had not made prior reservation, a bit of prior search on the internet made me head towards Tansen Residency on M.G. Road that is operated by the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corp. A modest place, reasonably priced, located in decent surroundings; it promised to provide all basic services. That's all I needed and I checked in there.
According to legend, Gwalior is named after a saint, Gwalipa, who cured the local chief, Suraj Sen, of the Kachwaha (ref. Notes 5) clan, from leprosy. Many educational institutions attract students from all over India to Gwalior. Gwalior is famous for the stronghold of the Scindias, the former Marathas rulers, who governed over the Deccan after the fall of the Mughal Empire.
Gwalior’s reminders of the past, the beautiful fort, palaces and temples, splendid monuments, and memories of kings, saints, poets, and musicians all contribute to giving a certain timeless charm to the city.
Man Mandir Palace
I was in an impassioned mode to traverse through Gwalior, and the sight of the Fort dominating against the sky from every nook and corner of the city made me want to climb there first to explore it. For the next few hours I did just that and went to:
- Man Mandir (Man Singh) Palace
- Gujari Mahal
- Saas Bahu Ka Mandir
- Teli Ka Mandir
- Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhod
I spent the rest of the time in Gwalior visiting:
- Tombs of Tansen and Ghous Mohammed
- Jai Vilas Palace and Museum of the Scindias
- Italian Gardens
- Sun Temple
Jai Vilas Palace
The highlight of that evening in Gwalior was the fabulous sound and light show at the Man Mandir Palace open air amphitheatre. I loved every bit of it. It was cold and breezy and the view of the lit-up city from the heights of the Fort premises was splendid. It was a marvellous experience.
More details and photographs in subsequent posts.