Gwalior India - Travel, Touring and things to do and see there.

About Gwalior which is situated in the northern part of the huge Indian State of Madyha Pradesh.

The Fort and settlement at Gwalior dates back to around the 8th century - the legend is that a village chieftain on a hunting trip out in the jungle met a hermit named Gwalipa - the hermit cured the chieftain of his leprosy and as a reward a walled enclave was built on top of the hill which gave protection from the wild animals in the surrounding jungle. On the other hand an inscription found in an old sun temple would indicate that the location was occupied by northern invaders during the sixth century.
From a general touring in India point of view the City of Gwalior provides a link if wandering around this part of the country. Delhi and Agra are to the north of the city, Jaipur to the west, go on south from Gwalior to reach Jhansi and south-southwest for Kota and to the south southeast you can get to Orchha and Khajuraho. Map showing Gwalior, Agra, Jhansi and Kota.

Hotel accommodation, things to do and see in Gwalior and also getting around and about there.

It seems that not many tourists actually stay at Gwalior - possibly just spending a few hours visiting the fort before continuing on somewhere else such as Agra, Jaipur or Orchha. This is perhaps reflected in the number and standard of the hotels and places to stay in the city - which in truth are not that brilliant. There is an interesting place to stay located a little on the outskirts called the Neemranas Deo Bagh.
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A temple at Neemranas Bagh at Gwalior, India. Neemranas Deo Bagh accommodation - Gwalior, India. Neemranas Deo Bagh Pavillion - Gwalior, India. Neemranas Deo Bagh Temple - Gwalior, India.
This is situated in very nice grounds with plenty of wildlife around - and has several temples to look at in the grounds. The theme of the place is of a Heritage Hotel so the rooms do not exactly have lots of facilities within them. Bear in mind the temples are situated in private grounds and apparently only hotel guests can look round - maybe though anyone turning up and buying a cup of coffee or something might well be allowed to look at them too.
Neemranas Deo Bagh - Gwalior, India. As far as restaurants and so on are concerned in Gwalior - not a lot to none - you can of course find plenty of street stalls for hot snacks. Getting around Gwalior is easily achieved by auto-rickshaw. As per usual in India the drivers will try and fiddle you out of more money even if you have agreed a price before starting out (essential in India) but they are not very good at this compared with the much greater expertise found in for instance Jaipur or Delhi.
Gwalior boasts a significant hill fort which contains a variety of palaces, museums, temples and some nice water tanks - also on the way up to the fort you can look at some excellent Jain rock carvings - please see our Visiting Gwalior Fort topic.
Apart from Gwalior Fort there are a couple of interesting bits and pieces to look around in the City - please see further below:

Travelling to Gwalior - flights - road and railways.

The way to get to Gwalior is pretty much a choice of by road or by Indian Railways - their is an airport there but this is a shared facility with the military - flights are few and at the time of writing (January 2014) only two flights a week operated by Indian Airways come out from Mumbai (AI-9621 Mondays and Thursdays).
There are lots of trains available though - Gwalior (GWL) is an important station on the Indian Railway network and is directly connected with many services to Agra and therefore also Delhi and going the other way loads of trains daily to for instance Bhopal. Trains which may be of particular interest if touring in India: there is a daily through train to Jaipur which goes via Agra and is meant to take about 6-1/2 hours (19665) and one a day to Kota which takes just over 12 hours (59822). One daily service goes to Varanasi taking 14 hours to do the trip (11107) and if you can tolerate the amount of time then sit on the daily Goa Express for around 35 hours to get to Vasco da Gama in Goa (12780). Incidentally this train goes via Pune and Londa Junction so linking up to Hospet and Hampi is possible..
Travelling by road too and from Gwalior is varied - the AH43 goes through the city so connecting Agra with Jhansi (from Jhansi you can take the quite well surfaced 12A onto Orchha or the NH75 to the beautiful temples at Khajuraho). Forking the other way the AH47 goes south'ish from Gwalior to eventually reach Indore. There are not any significant roads directly to the west of Gwalior so if wishing to go to Jaipur you have to go north on the AH47 as far as Dholpur and then perhaps take the 11B. You could however keep heading north on the 3A and divert off to take a look round Fatephur Sikri - then go on the NH11 to Jaipur. This brings in the possibility of taking a slight diversion to look at the beautiful Abhaneri Step well which is just off the NH11.
Glowing in the afternoon sunshine - Rao Scindia Chhatri - Gwalior, India.Scindia Chhatri - Gwalior, India. Scindia Chhatris - Gwalior, India.

Looking round the Chhatris of the Scindia Dynasty at Gwalior, India.

These cenotaphs and tombs are set in very nicely kept quite formal gardens and are located on the southern outskirts of Gwalior fairly close to Jiyaji Chowk.
There are two cenotaphs within the walled area - the oldest was erected in 1817 to commemorate Maharajah Jiyaji Rao Scindia and the second smaller chhatri was built in 1843 to commemorate Mahajara Janakaji Scindia.

Scindia Chhatris - Gwalior, India.
Scindia Chhatris
Scindia Chhatris area - Gwalior, India.
Scindia Chhatris area
Scindia Chhatris garden - Gwalior, India.
Scindia Chhatris garden
Scindia Chhatris kund - Gwalior, India.
Scindia Chhatris kund
Scindia Chhatris - Gwalior, India.
Scindia Chhatris
Scindia Chhatris - Gwalior, India.
Scindia Chhatris
Scindia Chhatris - Gwalior, India.
Scindia Chhatris
Tomb building - Gwalior, India.
Tomb building

Muhammad Ghawth Gwaliyari's Tomb - Gwalior.

The Tomb of the well known 16th century teacher Muhammad Ghaus is square shaped and has hexagonal towers on it's corners and these are topped by small domes. Beautifully carved stone lattices enclose the tomb on all four sides and the whole thing is topped by a large dome.
Mohammed Ghaus Mosque - Gwalior, India.
Mohammed Ghaus Mosque
Tomb Mohammed Ghaus - Gwalior, India.
Tomb Mohammed Ghaus
Tomb Mohammed Ghaus - Gwalior, India.
Tomb Mohammed Ghaus
Tomb of Tansen - Gwalior, India.
Tomb of Tansen

Sonagiri Town - Gwalior, India. Sonagiri in India - quite a mucky place - wear boots! Sonagiri Jain Temples - Gwalior, India.

Visiting Sonagiri Jain Temples in India.

The temple site is situated around 60kms south of Gwalior just a little way off the main Gwalior to Jhansi road (AH43). These 9th and 10th century temples are mostly constructed on small hillocks and are a place of pilgramage. Perhaps the first thing to note if visiting Sanagiri is that the whole area is really mucky underfoot so maybe wearing flip flops is not too good an option. If arriving by car then you will almost certainly be approached by a guide (who as usual in India most certainly does not want any money - just a student sort of thing!. But you do need someone to show you around because the albeit small town is a maze and seems to be completely chaotic. To get any sort of look at the temples you will have to leave your footwear at the entrance to the actual temples - nothing can be on your feet including socks or whatever - and the steps up and general area remains extremely mucky. It would not do to graze or cut your foot whilst walking round.
Sonagiri Jain Temple accommodation - Gwalior, India.
Sonagiri Jain Temple - Gwalior, India.
Sonagiri Jain Temple - Gwalior, India.
Jain Temples Sonagiri - Gwalior, India.
Jain Temples Sonagiri - Gwalior, India.
Jain Temples Sonagiri - Gwalior, India.
Sonagiri Jain Temples - Gwalior, India.
Sonagiri Jain Temple - Gwalior, India.

Visiting the Datia area which is outside of Gwalior in India.

Datia is interesting to stop off at for a while if visiting Sonagiri - there are some beautiful looking lakes and quite a few old buildings scattered around this ancient town.
View of Datia in India. Datia area, India. Nice view across Datia Lake in India. One of the large lakes at Datia, India.
A temple in Datia, India. Datia area, India. Thisonce  must have been a beautiful bulding in Datia, India. Ruins in Datia, India.
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