Famous for its magnificent palaces, old temples and the impressive fort, Gwalior was the erstwhile capital of the Scindias. Lying 122 km south of Agra and 423 km north of the state capital Bhopal, Gwalior occupied strategic importance throughout history.
Also known as the ‘Fort City’, the massive hill fort of Gwalior served as the seat of several northern Indian kingdoms. Mughal emperor Babur is believed to have described the fort as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in Hind’.
Gwalior was among the five princely states which enjoyed 21 gun salute during British rule. Along with Hyderabad, Mysore, Jammu and Kashmir and Baroda, Gwalior held important stature within British India.
Gwalior is the headquarters of Chambal region and a major industrial and commercial region. Often referred to as the tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is the fourth largest city of Madhya Pradesh and an education hub.
The city is also famous for Scindia School located inside the Gwalior fort. Established in 1897, it is among the prominent boarding schools of India. It was originally started exclusively for nobles and princes and housed in the erstwhile barracks of the British soldiers.
Gwalior is also known as city of music. Gwalior is one of the oldest gharanas or schools of Hindustani classical music. The city is the final resting place of Tansen, the musical genius and one of the nine gems of Emperor Akbar’s court. Sarod Ghar, the first ever museum dedicated to Indian musical instruments, is based in the city.
WHERE TO STAY
If you want to save time commuting, opt for a hotel along Naya Bazaar which is the heart of Gwalior. Most of the budget hotels are located here. A decent air-conditioned room in a budget hotel would cost between Rs 800-Rs 1500 per night. A deluxe hotel room with a bar, pool and internet access could cost between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,500. Gwalior also boasts of several luxury hotels which offer facilities like discotheques, health clubs and 24 hour coffee shops. The luxury hotels would cost between Rs 4,000 and Rs 7,500.
WHERE TO EAT
People of Gwalior like to have kachoris, samosas and other fried snacks served with potato curries and chutneys. Jalebis, rabdi, kebabs, bhutte ki kees (curry made of grated corn), mawa-bati, khoprapak and malpua are popular. Also try out Morena Gajak, made of jaggery and sesame.
Almost all hotels have in-house restaurants and cafés. You will also find delicious food at Chhatri Bazaar and Ratnakar Bhawan. The famous City Mall has several eateries and some international fast food joints like Domino’s Pizza and McDonald’s. Besides Indian, some restaurants also serve Continental and Nepali dishes.
Indian Coffee House located on Station Road serves vegetarian food. Breakfast favourites include dosa, scrambled eggs, etc. It also serves proper main-course menu, including thalis. Don’t forget to try their coffee.
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