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About Gwalior



Mohammad Ghaus Tomb The city of Gwalior, one of the favorite tourist destinations in India is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh at a distance of 122 km to the south of Agra. If you are willing to know about Gwalior, you will find that the city, with a strong historical backdrop, is deeply associated with the various highs and lows of India’s past.

Fast Facts

Area 289.85 sq km
Population 8,26,919
Altitude 212 metres above sea level
Languages Hindi and English
Best Time to Visit October-March
STD code 0751

History

History about Gwalior says that it owes its name to a sage of former times. The story goes thus - Suraj Sen, a prince of the Kachhwaha clan of the 8th century had lost his way in the jungle and ultimately wandered up to a secluded hill. Thereafter he met an old man, Sage Gwalipa, whose influence almost took him by surprise. On asking the sage for some drinking water he was led to a pond. The pool waters not only quenched his thirst but cured him of leprosy as well. Out of gratefulness he wished to offer something in return to the sage and the sage asked him to build a fort on the hill. Thus came up the fort named Gwalior, and eventually the city that developed around it got its name.

Best Season, Climate, and Clothing

Hot summers and cold winters characterize the climate of Gwalior. During the summers mercury soars as high as 46°C, while in the winters it can reach below 5°C. Monsoons hit the land from the first week of June and continue till August/September. Gwalior is best visited from the months of October to March. Light cotton clothing is fitting for summers and woolens are good for winters.

How to Reach Gwalior

By Air: The Gwalior Airport is situated at 8 km from the main city. It is connected by Indian Airlines to important cities like Mumbai, Indore, Bhopal, and Delhi. The services are operational thrice a week.

By Rail: The Gwalior railhead is situated within the city area. It is on the main Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai rail route. Among the important trains, the Taj and Shatabdi Express link Gwalior with Delhi and Agra.

By Road: Gwalior is extremely well linked by a good network of roadways and road transport to all the important towns of Madhya Pradesh and adjacent areas. It is well linked with Agra (118 km), Delhi (321 km), Jaipur (350 km), Bhopal (423 km), Lucknow, Chanderi (239 km), Khajuraho (275 km), Jhansi (101 km), Indore (486 km), Ujjain (455 km), and Shivpuri (114 km).

Tourist Attractions in Gwalior

Choose to go for trips to the following places of interest in Gwalior:

  • Gwalior Fort
  • Man Mandir Palace
  • Gujari Mahal
  • Sas-Bahu Temples

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