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Gwalior, a major city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, is known for its rich history, architectural grandeur, and cultural richness. The city has been ruled by several historic Indian kingdoms, and its most prominent landmark, the Gwalior Fort, has been a silent spectator to the city’s evolution. Gwalior is also known as a center of Indian classical music.

How to reach

Gwalior is well connected by air, rail, and road. Gwalior Airport is a domestic airport with regular flights to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Indore, and Bhopal. Gwalior railway station is a major railhead with direct train links to major cities across India. The city is also well connected by roads to major towns of Madhya Pradesh and the adjoining areas.

2 Days Itinerary

  • Day 1 can be dedicated to exploring the rich heritage of Gwalior with a visit to the Gwalior Fort, Jai Vilas Palace, and the Saas Bahu Temples.
  • Day 2 can be spent visiting the Gujari Mahal Archaeological Museum, Teli Ka Mandir, and the Birla Sun Temple.

Getting around

Exploring the city in an auto rickshaw (tuk-tuk) is the most convenient way to move about. For moving in the area around Gwalior Fort, either autos or bike rickshaws work.

Things to do

  • Gwalior Fort

Perched atop a hill, the Gwalior Fort is a massive fort that dominates the cityscape. Known for its architectural grandeur and historical significance, it’s a must-visit. The fort houses several historic structures including palaces, temples, and water tanks.

  • Sas-Bahu Temple

The Sas-Bahu Temple is another architectural marvel in Gwalior. Despite its name, which means ‘Mother-in-law and Daughter-in-law’ in Hindi, the temple is not dedicated to any women but to Lord Vishnu. The intricate carvings and sculptures here are truly awe-inspiring.

  • Jai Vilas Palace

The Jai Vilas Palace is a stunning piece of architectural grandeur that blends European architectural styles with Indian aesthetics. It’s now a museum that houses artifacts from the bygone era, including a silver train that served guests at royal banquets!

Offbeat Places

For those looking for offbeat places, Bir Singh Mahal, Padavali, and Bateshwar are a bit away from the town yet command your attention.


Gwalior is a city of festivals and celebrations. The most popular is the Tansen Music Festival, where leading artists gather to pay tribute at Tansen’s tomb. Other festivals include Bhavbhuti Samaroh, Baba Hira Bhumia’s Fair, Gwalior International Trade Fair, Krishna Rao Shankar Pandit Samaroh, Ramleela Festival, Diwali, and Vishwakarma Puja.

Shopping Malls

Gwalior has several shopping malls where you can shop for quality goods. Some of the popular ones include DB City Mall, Dindayal City Mall, and The Central Mall.


Gwalior offers a variety of local delicacies that you must try. Some of the popular foods include Khasta Kachori, Patti Samosas, and Bedai.


There are several accommodations available in Gwalior to suit different budgets. Some of the popular ones include Neemrana’s - Deo Bagh and Hotel Virasat.

Go next

After exploring Gwalior, you can visit nearby destinations like Agra, Delhi, and Jaipur, which are well-connected by road and rail.