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Located in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is a historical city that has witnessed the valour and glory associated with the nation of India. Ruled over by Guptas, Hunas, Gurjar Pratihars, Kachwaha Rajputs, Mughals and Marathas followed by the British, this former princely state capital is sought-after for its magnanimous palaces and religious temples. The destination is most popular for its splendid Gwalior Fort, which is the treasure trove of history of several dynasties that have possessed the kingdom over years. A classic example of medieval architecture, this formidable structure marking the city centre is a major attraction of Gwalior tour.
Jai Vilas Palace, a European style palace constructed by Maharaja Jiyaji Rao Scindia, now exhibits a collection of antiques of the Scindia reign. Tourist places in Gwalior that hold historical significance also include Man Mandir Palace and Suraj Kund. Visitors can further explore the Gopachal Parvat, located down the Gwalior Fort, which features unique sculptures of Jain Tirthankaras. Among other places that are worth visiting in Gwalior, Shyam Vatika, Rani Lakhsmibai’s Tomb, Chhatri's of Scindias, Tansen’s Tomb, and Municipality Museum are a few. Maharaj Bada, the biggest and most prominent market of the city, also exhibits traces from history.
Popular Gwalior attractions comprise places of religious importance as well like Vivsvaan Mandir, Saas Bahu Temple, Teli Ka Mandir, Tomb of Ghaus Mohammed, Gurudwara Data Bandi, Padavali and Bateshwar. Travellers visiting the city in winter season must pay a visit to the Gwalior Trade Fair that was started by Maharaja Madho Rao in 1905 and is today one of the most colourful fairs of India. Another major cultural event organised during winters is Tansen Music Festival that attracts music lovers from across the world. With the majestic fort overlooking the city and magnificent hills in the backdrop, Gwalior offers enthralling appeal to national and foreign visitors.