17 Must-Visit Attractions in Gwalior, India

Aerial view of the city from Gwalior Fort | © Manuel Menal/Wiki Commons
Aerial view of the city from Gwalior Fort | © Manuel Menal/Wiki Commons
Photo of Richa Jain
9 January 2018

Famous for its ancient architecture and grand historic significance, Gwalior never fails to amaze its visitors. Also known as the tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh, this culturally rich city should be on your list when visiting central India. Check out these famous attractions that you absolutely must visit on your next trip to Gwalior.

Gwalior Fort

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Gwalior Fort

The Gwalior Fort is one of the most impenetrable fortresses of India. Built on a long sandstone plateau, this architectural marvel is the most famous tourist attraction of the state. A must-see here is the evening Light and Sound Show.

Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, 0751 223 4557

Sahastrabahu Temple (Sas Bahu Ka Mandir)

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The larger of the two Sas-Bahu Temples (Sahastrabahu Ka Mandir) | © Dan/Flickr

Sahastrabahu Temple (Sas Bahu Ka Mandir)

Built in dedication to Lord Vishnu in the 11th century, the twin Sahastrabahu Temple is well-known for its intricate wall carvings. It is also called Sas Bahu Ka Mandir (temple of mother-in-law and daughter-in-law) with the Sas temple being the larger one and the Bahu temple being the smaller one.

Sas Bahu Ka Mandir, Fort Campus, Near Post Office, Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, 097815 76646

Teli Ka Mandir

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Teli Ka Mandir
Elaborate design on the outside walls of Teli Ka Mandir | © Nagarjun Kandukuru/Flickr

Teli Ka Mandir

A masterpiece of the Gupta dynasty, Teli Ka Mandir (Oilman’s Temple) is a great archaeological and architectural place to visit in the city.

Teli Ka Mandir, Fort Campus, Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, 085425 54585

Man Singh Palace

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Man Singh Palace
Intricate stone art on the walls and pillars of the Man Singh Palace | © Manuel Menal/Flickr

Man Singh Palace

This is a beautiful palace with turquoise tiles on the walls, built by Maharaja Man Singh Tomar. Do visit this part of the fort as the architecture of the palace has been a subject of study for many historians.

Man Singh Palace, Near Archaeological Museum, Fort Campus, Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, 1800 233 7777

Bada Market

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Bada - the central market of Gwalior city | © YashiWong/Wiki Commons
If you’re looking to shop in Gwalior, visit Bada, which is the central market of the city. The place has a central garden with fountains, as well as a view of surrounding buildings and offices with ancient architecture. You can also visit the adjacent Patankar Bazar and Sarafa Bazar to catch a glimpse of the city markets.

Jai Vilas Palace

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Jai Vilas Mahal Facade
Jai Vilas Palace façade | © HarshAJ/Wiki Commons

Jai Vilas Palace

Now a museum, the Jai Vilas Palace houses the Scindia legacy. It is quite famous for its silver toy train, which was used to serve food for the royal family, housing two of the largest chandeliers in the world, the largest hall carpet of Asia and the magnificent Durbar Hall.

Jai Vilas Palace, Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Sun Temple

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Birla Sun Temple | © Nagarjun Kandukuru/Wiki Commons

Sun Temple

Similar to the Konark Temple of Odisha, this Sun Temple was built by G. D. Birla in 1988. It has beautiful gardens around that make it a great picnic spot for the locals. If you’re looking to relax for a little bit, this is definitely the place to do so.

Sun Temple, Pinto Park Road, Near BIMR Hospital, Morar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Gopachal Parvat

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Rock-cut Jain sculptues at Gopachal Parvat | © Dan/Flickr

Gopachal Parvat

Carved out of one single stone, the Gopachal Parvat consists of rock-cut carvings of the Jain Tirthankars (Jain deities). There are approximately 100 sculptures, although most of them were defaced by Emperor Babur during war times.

Gopachal Parvat, Phulbagh Rd, Gopachal Marg, Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, 0751 243 3400

Tansen Tomb

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Jali or perforated stone wall of the Tansen Tomb | © Da/Flickr

Tansen Tomb

The Tansen Tomb is dedicated to Tansen, one of India’s greatest musicians and one of the nine jewels of Emperor Akbar’s court. Every year, the Tansen Music Festival is organized to commemorate the legendary singer.

Tansen Tomb, Tansen Nagar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Tomb of Mohammad Ghaus

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Tomb of Mohammed Ghaus
Tomb of Mohammed Ghaus | © Varun Shiv Kapur/Wiki Commons

Tomb of Mohammad Ghaus

Mohammad Ghaus was Tansen’s teacher and a well-known Sufi saint. This tomb is built as his memorial and has beautiful Mughal style architecture, with lush green gardens all around.

Tomb of Mohammad Ghaus, 27 B, Tansen Rd, Tansen Nagar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Surajkund

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Suraj Kund
Stairs leading to Suraj Kund (pool) | © Varun Shiv Kapur/Flickr

Surajkund

Surajkund is an ancient water pool built inside of the Gwalior Fort campus. The water of the Kund was believed to have magical powers that could cure chronic diseases. It is currently a picnic spot with well-maintained surroundings and lots of greenery.

Surajkund, Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Moti Mahal and Baija Taal

Moti Mahal was once a palace of the Scindia dynasty and now stands as a government office. However, it still retains its old Mughal architecture. Adjacent to Moti Mahal is the Baija Taal Cultural Complex, which serves as an open-air theatre for various cultural programs.

Baija Taal with Moti Mahal in the backdrop | © VidhuKhare/Wiki Commons

Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor Sahib

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Data Bandi Chhor Gurudwara | © Nagarjun Kandukuru/Flickr

Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor Sahib

This ancient Gurudwara inside the Gwalior Fort complex is associated with the imprisonment of Guru Har Gobind Sahib. Many pilgrims from various parts of the country visit the Gurudwara to pay their homage.

Gurudwara Shri Data Bandi Chhor, Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Mrignayanee Emporium

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Mrignayanee Emporium

This state government-owned store has a huge collection of Chanderi and Maheshwari sarees, handwoven carpets, leatherware and other handcrafted products. You can collect some Madhya Pradesh specific souvenirs from here too.

Mrignayanee Emporium, Near Police Chowki, Vivekanand Marg, Sarafa Bazar, Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, 0751 263 6545