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Gwalior Memorials


What :

The city of Gwalior was the sight of a Maratha Empire-led rebellion against colonial British rule in India in 1843, and a decisive battle during the Indian Rebellion of 1858.

Sensing weakness after the British East India Company’s failed campaign in Afghanistan the year before, Gwalior’s Maratha rulers rebelled after the British Governor-General of India, Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough, demanded the Maharani (Queen) of Gwalior dismiss one of her regents. Instead Gwalior rebelled, and the British invaded the town and crushed a larger force of rebels.

The Indian Rebellion of 1857 began after a series of mutinies of Indian soldiers in the British East India Company’s army. The rebellion spread quickly to the civilian population, and spread across central India until British forces breached the walls of Gwalior Fort and routed the rebel armies around Gwalior city.

These conflicts produced numerous heroes on both sides which have been memorialized around Gwalior by statues, shrines, and commemorative structures. Gwalior Monument, sometimes known as Ellenborough’s Folly, is a cenotaph monument for the British soldiers that died taking the city in 1843. There are also numerous statues in the city dedicated to Rani Lakshmi Bai and Tatya Tope, who were instrumental leaders during the Rebellion of 1858.

When :

Gwalior city’s best weather for sightseeing is between October and March. The highest temperatures hit the city between May and June, and annual rains between July and August cool the city considerably.

Where :

There are numerous monuments dedicated to both sides of the British-Indian conflicts located around Gwalior city. Using our private vehicle service to access the monuments is the best way to reach them.

Who :

Gwalior has a splendid history best explored by traveling through the city streets with one of our excellent guides to add context to the numerous monuments in town.

Appropriate Attire :

Dress for warm weather with light clothing while sightseeing in Gwalior city.

Guest Reviews :

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  Maria Gonda-Terrazas and Alexander Terrazas
February-March 2014
Chandni, we are back safely and had a great time and will definitely travel with your company again. I wanted to take the time to write to you to let you know what a superb experience we had at the Marwah’s home. They were very warm and welcoming, so eager to teach us about Indian cooking and customs. We have done home visits in many countries and this one was by far thefinest experience.
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  Barbara Boom and Joe Schwartz
February 2014
The guides were great and each was better than the previous.  Special notice to Anu- our guide in Khajuraho- he was brilliant and we learned so much from our brief encounter with him.  I would travel anywhere in India with him as our guide.  Dada- our guide in Varanasi- was also excellent and made the Hindu rituals understandable.  With the tutelage of these two guides, we have both become fascinated by and interested in the roots of culture and religion that we were exposed to by them.
And the hotels were marvelous.  The upgrade to the Nadesar Palace was worth the cost.  It is a one of a kind experience.  The level of service and tranquility will always be a standard that others may try to live up to. The Imperial was a bit overwhelming on first encounter, but by the time we returned at the end of our journey it felt like we were coming home.  Victor helped arrange an upgrade to a suite on our second stay! 
We were quite pleased with the Oberoi, and the Rambagh as well.  Had it been sunnier, the views of the Taj would have been breathtaking in Agra.  Even so, our view of the gardens were lovely.
The drivers were awesome!  Though they were not so fluent, they made every effort to be attentive and helpful on the long road trips.  We cannot comprehend how they managed in the city traffic.
The trip to Bandhavgarh was another place entirely.  We were most fortunate to see tigers on all 5 of our safaris.  We understand that this is unusual. The guides really knew the jungle and it was impressive to see how they could track the tigers. 
Overall I think we got a good feel for the culture and the way of life in India and would hope to return.  The guides and Easytoursstaff were always there for us from the moment we stepped out of the airport.  The itinerary was well constructed.  We would definitely consult you for our return visit.
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