ancient capital of Gwalior has made a successful transition into
a modern Indian city, which is energetic and buzzing. Many dynasties,
which have ruled the city, be the Rajput clans of the Pratiharas,
Kacchwahas or Tomars, have left notable artwork of their rule in
the form of palaces, temples and monuments. The magnificent momentos
of a glorious past have been preserved with care, giving Gwalior
an appeal of uniqueness and timelessness. Gwalior's tradition as
a royal capital continued until present day that India was formed,
having the rule of the Scindias.
This city is also the one, where a rich cultural tradition has
been interwoven into the fabric of modern life. The entire city
is a visual and elegant celebration, since the builders of Gwalior
were great architects. One can discover old havelis with exquisitely
carved doorways and windows. Every street crossing one can also
find the statues of the Scindia family. Museums and art galleries
are this city's treasure houses and beautifully maintained palaces
give it a supreme majestic flavour.
Gwalior is 321 km from Delhi in Northern Madhya Pradesh.Morena
district surrounds it in the north, district Shivpuri in the south,
District Bhind in the east and Datia in the west. It has two sub-divisions,
namely, Gwalior & Dabra. There are three tehsils, namely, Gwalior,
Dabra & Bhitarwar and four Development Blocks namely, Ghatigaon
(Barai), Morar, Dabra & Bhitarwar.
is a very important city, be it now or even before. This city has
a very remarkable history and has been a centre of attraction for
all its rulers. The first rulers of the Gwalior city were the Huns.
Between 11th to 14th century A.D Gwalior came under the influence
of Kachhawaha Rajputs, the Pratiharas, Qutub-ud-din Aibak, and Iltutmish,
and remained under Muslim possession until 1398. Under the Tomars,
whose most important king was Man Singh (1486-1517), Gwalior rose
to prominence. However, it finally surrendered to Ibrahim Lodi in
1518. The Mughals, Jats, Marathas, and the British held Gwalior
In 1857, when Mangal Pandey lit the fire and the First War of Independence
broke out, the Maharaja of Gwalior had sided with the British. However,
his troops did not, and took the city under their control. In 1858,
Gwalior was again at war and, in this war, Tantia Tope and the Rani
of Jhansi embedded their names in the history books by becoming
martyrs. Gwalior came under the hands of the British and they finally
handed it over to Jiyaji Rao Scindia at a formal durbar in 1885.
The Scindias were the last ruling family of Gwalior and are still
influential in the political arena of India.
The climate of Gwalior is extreme with hot summers and
cold winters. The maximum temperature during the summer months can
touch a high of 46°C, while in the winters it can go down to
below 5°C. Monsoon starts from the first week of June and remains
there till August/September. The best time to visit Gwalior is from
October to March. Cotton clothing is apt for summers and woolens
are required for winters.
General Information & Accomdation info on Gwalior city of Madhya
Pradesh - India