About Gwalior

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orar Cantonment is situated in Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior is the city of Madhya Pradesh. Suraj Sen of the 8th Century AD, who was cured from a deadly disease by a saint Gwalipa, founded the city and named it after Saint Gwalipa as “Gwalior”. Over the centuries Gwalior has been associated with warrior kings, poets, musicians and saints. Mahmud of Gajni, Malik Bahauddin Tughlaq, Mohommad Ghori, the Tomars - Udhwaradev, Vikaramdev, Dungrandra Singh, and Mansingh, Ibrahim Lodi, the Scindias, Tatya Tope, Rani of Jhansi and music maestro Tansen are some of the names associated with the history of Gwalior. Morar was formerly a British Military Cantonment. During the revolt of 1857, Morar is known for one of the place for uprising in the Central India.

How to reach ?

The city is well connected via rail, road and air transport services.

Airport

Gwalior Airport connects Gwalior directly to Delhi and Bhopal in India with Deccan airlines operating on these routes. This airport has good infrastructure and facilities.

Railways

Places to See

Standing on a steep mass of sandstone, Gwalior Fort dominates the city and is its most significant monument. It has been the scene of momentous events, imprisonment, battles and jauhars . A steep road winds upwards to the fort, flanked by statues of the Jain tirthankaras, carved into the rock face. The magnificent outer walls of the fort still stand, two miles in length and 35 feet high, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible forts of India.

Within the fort are some marvels of medieval architecture. The 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for his intrepid Gujar Queen, Mrignayani. The outer structure of Gujari Mahal has survived in an almost total state of preservation; the interior has been converted into Archaeological Museum housing rare antiquities,some of them dating back to the 1st century A.D. Even though many of these have been defaced by the iconoclastic Mughals , their perfection of form has survived the ravages of time.

A European style palace converted into museum, Jai Vilas Palace is situated in Gwalior. Its unique architecture, which is a mix of Italian, Tuscan and Corinthian, is quite amazing. Jai Vilas Palace is constructed by the Maharaja Jiyaji Rao Scindia and the fabulous palace is festooned with furniture from Versailles, Italy and France. The Museum exhibits a collection of antiques belong to the Scindia reign. Two Belgian chandeliers weighing several tens will definitely catch the sight of everyone.

Situated on the Mountain Area at slopes of Gwalior Fort carries unique statue of Jain Tirthankars. The largest Idol of Bhagwan Parshwanath on Lotus is the largest statue(in single stone piece) in the world, being 47 feet high and 30 feet in width. 26 Jain statues in a series give a beautiful and attractivce picturescue. Built between 1398 to 1536 by Tomar Kings - these Jain Tirthankars Statues are a species of Architecture and a treasure of Old Indian heritage and culture. Comprises of caves with sculptures in the rocks on all the sides.

Built in 1988, dedicated to Sun God. Structure based on famous Sun temple in Konark, Orissa. Surrounded by gardens. Located near the Residency at Morar, the newly constructed Sun Temple takes its inspiration from the famous Konark Sun Temple in Orissa.Popular among the pilgrims.

Built in the 9th Century, 100 ft. in height. Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu but after wards Lord Shiva being worshipped. The walls of the temple are mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The door of the temple sports a Garuda.Also known as Oil men's temple.

Sri Hargobind the sixth Guru was detained in the Fort of Gwalior by the order of Emperor Jahangir. The cause of detention, it is said, was that the fanatical Muslim officers, particularly those under the influence of Naqshbandi cult, were alarmed by the Guru’s new policy of militarization. They poisoned the mind of Jahangir, who otherwise about that time had soft corner for Guru.