GWALIOR FORT A city with a celebrated history
Gwalior - City with Indian Traditions
26.2183° N, 78.1828° E


  • Hill Top Fort

    Hilltop fort - ‘The pearl amongst fortresses in india’

  • Vishnu Temple

    The vishnu temple at gwalior fort has the first ever written zero

  • Tansen Music Festival

    The Tansen music festival is celebrated every year on Tansen’s tomb in Gwalior

  • Dhyan Chand - Wizard of Hockey

    The wizard of hockey, Dhyan Chand, was from Gwalior

  • Jai Vilas Palace Carpets

    One of the carpets in jai vilas palace took nearly 12 years to weave


Gwalior - The Miracle Behind the Name


Tansen - The Great Singer

Gwalior is best known for its imposing hilltop fort, which was famously described as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’. Historically, the city has been the cradle of a number of dynasties that ruled it over the years. Their influence is clearly seen in the many regal structures that dominate the cityscape. In a sense, Gwalior continues to retain a medieval majesty.

Gwalior holds an unparalleled reputation in Sangeet, and has retained Indian traditions and the wealth of music intact over the years. The Gwalior Gharana is one of the oldest Khayal Gharanas and the one to which most classical Indian musicians can trace the origin of their style. Legendary musicians like Tansen and Baiju Bawara belonged to Gwalior.

Gwalior also has a rich history in sports, with the wizard of Hockey, Dhyan Chand, belonging to the city.

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Reaching by Air

Reaching Gwalior by Air

Gwalior airport is located at a distance of 8 km from the heart of the city. It is well connected to all major cities. Private taxis are easily available outside the airport.

Reaching by Rail

Reaching Gwalior by Rail

Gwalior railway station is located in the heart of the city. It is well connected to all major cities and towns in India. Private taxis are available outside the station for onward journeys.

Reaching by Road

Reaching Gwalior by Road

You can easily get regular cabs to Gwalior from other major cities of the country.

The miracle behind the name

Gwalior - The Palace Inside the Fort

The miracle behind the name

Once upon a time, a king named Suraj Sen went out hunting. Outpacing his entourage, he rode through a forest within a gorge and up onto the sun-hammered top of an enormous rock, which thrust 100 metres above the plain.

The hard ride had made the king very thirsty. He spotted a hermit sitting on a rock, and asked him for water. The sage Gwalipa struck a rock and a cool, clear spring gushed out! The king first quenched his thirst, and then bathed in the small pool that had collected below the miraculous fountain. To his great joy, he emerged cured of a long-standing skin disease! Out of gratitude, the king asked the sage how he could repay him. The sage told him to enlarge the spring and build a tank to impound the curative waters. The sage also asked the king to build a wall on the hill to protect the other sages from wild animals, which often disturbed their rituals. The king later built a palace inside the fort, which was named "Gwalior" after the sage, and eventually the city that grew around the fort took the same name.

The legend of Tansen

The Legend of Tansen

Tansen - the singer par excellence

The great singer, Tansen, belonged to the Gwalior school of music. He was one of the nine jewels of the court of Mughal emperor Akbar. It’s said that Tansen’s voice was so magical that when his enemy wanted to kill him he convinced the emperor to ask Tansen to sing a raga that would cause all oil lamps to ignite spontaneously. On the emperor’s request Tansen sang that melodic sequence and the wicks burst into flame. But the power of the raga made his body burn with a terrible fever that no doctor could cure.

Tansen’s beloved then sang a raga that caused a cloud to burst, abating Tansen’s raging fever. Today, Tansen’s tomb is found within the Gwalior fort complex. It is a simple pavilion of white marble. On one side of the pavilion is a tamarind tree. Chewing its leaves is supposed to improve one’s voice!