Perched atop a sandstone hilltop, Gwalior Fort has guarded the city of Gwalior since the 8th century some 300 feet above the city proper.
A massive structure spanning more than a square mile, Gwalior Fort houses dozens of smaller structures including water tanks, temples, shrines, monuments, and multiple palaces sheltered by thick, sandstone walls painted with bright blue accents.
For travelers on luxury tours in India, Gwalior Fort is a chance to travel back through the centuries with each step. The fort has changed ownership numerous times through the ages from its beginnings with the Pal Dynasty, to the Mughals, and finally to the British. Over the years many of the fort’s stewards left new structures to mark their triumphs over previous owners, and solidify their control.
The Man Mandir Palace, built under the patronage of Man Singh - who commissioned the Taj Mahal - is a grand, imperial style structure with multiple levels, open courtyards, and decorative tiles and freezes. The palace itself served as a home for rulers, and was eventually used as a prison by the conquering Mughals.
Below the sprawling fort structures at the base of the hill, Jain Carvings massive stone statues with the tallest more than 50 feet in height – were cut directly into the sandstone bedrock of the hill the fort sits atop. These solemn figures have stood silent watch for five centuries.
With dozens of smaller sights including tombs, temples, and stone carvings, Gwalior Fort is a must for any India luxury tour.
The rains come to Gwalior in June and August, which makes booking for tours easier during those months. The rest of the year is generally warm and dry with the month of May reaching the highest temperatures.
Music lovers might relish the chance to experience the four day music festival Tansen Samaroh in December. Held since the 1930s, the festival is a treat of sights and sounds that will make any luxury tour in India unforgettable.
Located just above the town of Gwalior, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior Fort rises from a hill on the Western side of the city.
The city is accessible by luxury vehicle in as little as 5 hours by modern highways, but depending on the timetable visitors on India tours might be better served by a flight from Mumbai to the city’s domestic airport.
Lovers of art, architecture, music, and history will find a wealth of things to explore and experience in Gwalior Fort during their tours of India.
If the Taj Mahal is considered the pinnacle of any India tour, surely Gwalior Fort, commissioned in the same period by the same ruler as the Taj Mahal, comes to the top of a list of things to see in central India.
Appropriate Attire :
While the fort itself is a mixed bag of structures created through the centuries, many of the buildings shrouded by the sandstone walls are temples and tombs. Visitors on tours in India should take care to cover their shoulders, arms, and legs as a sign of respect when visiting Gwalior Fort.
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