What to do and see in Gwalior, India: The Best Places and Tips

August 18, 2017 Osvaldo Hartline

Gwalior ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a major and the northern-most city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and one of the Counter-magnet cities. Located 319 kilometres (198 mi) south of Delhi, the capital city of India, Gwalior occupies a strategic location in the Gird region of India. The city and its fortress have been ruled by several historic northern Indian kingdoms. From the Kachwaha in 6th century ,Tomars in the 13th century, it was passed on to the Mughal Empire, then to the Maratha in 1754, followed by the Scindia in the 18th century.
Restaurants in Gwalior

1. Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhod Qilla Gwalior

In Gwalior Fort, Gwalior 474008, India +91 751 248 0040
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhod Qilla Gwalior

Reviewed By Dr_Powderpill - Bathinda, India

Located in the fort complex, the Gurudwara marks the imprisonment of Guru Har Gobind and his release along with his followers and local chieftains by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir on the occasion of Diwali. Must visit

2. Gwalior Fort

Gwalior, Gwalior, India +91 88949 15059
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4.5 based on 766 reviews

Gwalior Fort

Reviewed By Jhilmil A

The Gwalior fort, raised over the cliff overlooking the city at around 300ft above ground level, was built in 1508 A.D. and is one of the finest examples of Hindu Architecture. The fort has tessellated walls, predominantly in bright blue, depicting different animals. Most of the inlays have worn off with time, though. This four storey structure has a lot of history behind it and some incredible architectural features like tubes to communicate between floors. Explore it with a good guide and you'll be privy to it all.

3. Gopachal Parvat

On the road from the top of the fort in Gwalior, Gwalior, India +91 751 243 3400
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Gopachal Parvat

Reviewed By NilanjanSinha - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Excellent architecture and must visited on the way back from Fort. No guided tour provided here. It will resembles the architecture like Perta Jordan.

4. Sas Bahu Temple

Near Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, India +91 97815 76646
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4.5 based on 191 reviews

Sas Bahu Temple

Reviewed By DolaRoyC - Delhi

Was quite amused by the turn of phrase in the name of this structure :) Beautifully restored twin monuments at one edge of the Gwalior Fort Complex. A short walk from the Fort Centre. The architecture and carvings are quite intricate. No deity present in the shrine. Don't bother with getting a guide here, it is best viewed at leisure and the ASI post provides enough inputs, if you did not get the time to read about it in advance. Great view of the city down below.

5. Jai Vilas Palace Museum

Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior 474001, India +91 93011 07666
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4 based on 336 reviews

Jai Vilas Palace Museum

Reviewed By ritwick - Gurugram (Gurgaon), India

If you have seen the palaces of Rajasthan, you would not have high expectations from another palace. However this palace museum has some artecrafts which are unique. Do not miss the 3.8Tonne chandeliers and the silver train for serving drinks and food. These two things made this visit worthwhile

6. Sun Temple

5 Km from Gwalior, Gwalior, India +91 98263 39756
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4 based on 115 reviews

Sun Temple

Reviewed By aloknbsm

This is just another Birla Mandir. The temple is within a big compound, built in the shape of a chariot and some vastu to observe. Nice quiet place to meditate. Visit it if you happen to be at Gwalior.

7. Jai Vilas Palace

Lashkar, Gwalior 474007, India +91 751 237 2390
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Jai Vilas Palace

Reviewed By Deep J - Oman

Was Mesmerizing....no words to describe the beauty of the place.... the Chandeliers in the grand hall left us stunned... they were so huge and beautiful.....nothing more to say....just go and Visit this place....dont know how many stars do I give this place a 100 also would be an insult to it.

8. Teli Ka Mandir

Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, India
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4 based on 104 reviews

Teli Ka Mandir

Reviewed By Kumar M - Bokaro Steel City, India

Teli Ka Mandir in situated in Gwalior is an example of unique architecture.The roof of the temple is in Dravidian look. The temple bears a close resemblance to the temple of Prathihara Vishnu, and is filled with images of coiled serpents, passionate couples, river goddesses, and a flying Garuda. The temple architecture follows the Indo-Aryan and Nagara styles.The Telikā Mandir owes its name to Teli, a term for an oil grinder or oil dealer. Many suggestions have been put forward to explain this name historically, but in fact the name is not old, the temple being used for processing oil before the British occupied the fort and used the building, albeit temporarily, as a coffee shop. The Telikā Mandir is the loftiest temple among all the buildings in Gwalior Fort.

9. Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi Bai

Phool Bagh Complex, Gwalior, India +91 99999 99662
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4 based on 62 reviews

Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi Bai

Reviewed By DMitra - New Delhi, India

I visited this place knowing the importance and historical importance. Only the place has a small idol of Rani Laxmi Bai which reminds of her. She is epitome of Indian fighting spirit among women. Love it, but nothing much to see. A maximum 10 min is good enough to spend here.

10. Gujari Mahal Archaeological Museum

Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, India
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4 based on 71 reviews

Gujari Mahal Archaeological Museum

Reviewed By traveller_prk - Bengaluru, India

As we walked through the fort the guide would comment parts of the love story of Maan Singh and Gujari and finally we got a glimpse of the palace from the fort. Its outside the fort walls but walkable distance. The palace is now run as a museum.
It being a Monday the museum was closed, so we were not able to get inside the palace which I was really disappointed. However even walking around the grounds portrayed the beauty of the palace it must have once been.

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