Gwalior Fort - Madyha Pradesh State, India.

A little about Gwalior Fort plus visiting times and entrance fees.

This is a huge fort which stretches for 3kms along a sandstone ridge and makes an extremely impressive site. Within it's 6 metre high walls and numerous buildings included six palaces, three temples, several water tanks and cisterns. The fort was founded in the 8th century and ruled by a variety of Hindu Dynasties followed by the Delhi Sultans, The Mughal and then the Maratha Scindias. The Scindias eventually became the Maharajahs of Gwalior in the 18th century. The fort was briefly sort of occupied by the British however the fort reverted back to the Scindias who still remain in Gwalior now.

Getting up to Gwalior Fort and Man Singh Palace from the town - walking, taxi or auto.

Gwalior Fort has two entrances - either by walking up from the town via Gwalior Gate or you can be driven up from the town either by auto or by taxi and go in via Urwahi Gate. If being driven there by an auto you will possibly be dropped off at the bottom of the hill. The rest of the way up the valley is controlled by other auto drivers and so you have to switch to one of them. If in a taxi then there may be a payment of a few rupees made to the guys at the barrier which enables your driver to take you on up to the main fort entrance. However a good idea is to walk up from the barrier looking at the Jain sculptures on the way, then look round the Fort and Palace and return back by foot but this time go down from the Palace to Gwalior Gate i.e. back into town.

Jain Rock Sculpture - Gwalior, India.Jain Rock Sculptures - Gwalior, India.

Stopping off to see the excellent Jain Rock Sculptures while on the way up to Gwalior Fort.

Walking up is quite interesting if time is not of concern - it's not too bad a climb and you can look at the countryside on the way up. Some way along and just before the road really starts climbing there is a rough clearing (it's meant to be a parking area) and there are some excellent Jain Rock sculptures to look at. Therefore if riding up by taxi or auto then ensure you get the driver to stop at the clearing else they will just keep going.
The sculptures at the clearing i.e. left-hand side of the road are quite worn but if you walk just round the bend from the clearing there are some really excellent ones to look at. These sculptures are a little way way down into the gorge on the right - there are steps leading down so you can get a good view of them. There are 21 huge statues carved into the rock face - these date from the 7th to the 15th century and depict the 24 Jain Tirthankara - the largest statue is around 17 metres in height.
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Jain Rock Sculptures - Gwalior, India.
Jain Rock Sculptures
Jain Sculptures Gwalior - Gwalior, India.
Jain Sculptures Gwalior
Jain Rock Sculptures - Gwalior, India.
Jain Rock Sculptures
Jain Rock Sculpture - Gwalior, India.
Jain Rock Sculpture
Jain Rock Sculptures - Gwalior, India.
Jain Rock Sculptures

Entrance fees and opening times for Gwalior Fort and Man Singh Palace.

The Ticket Office is opposite the Palace - Gwalior Fort is open all year round. However the Man Singh Palace itself is available to look round from 09:00 to 18:00 daily - entrance to the Palace is 250 Rupees for non-Indians. This should also allow you entry to the gated northern end of the fort however if you do not buy a ticket for the Palace you may be asked to pay 100 Rupees to go to north end.
Gwalior Fort Battlements - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior Fort Battlements
Urwahi Gate - Gwalior, India.
Urwahi Gate
Fort entrance pol - Gwalior, India.
Fort entrance Poll Gwalior
Gwalior Fort mandir - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior Fort Mandir
Mandir tank - Gwalior, India.
Mandir tank

About Man Singh Palace at Gwalior in India.

Constructed by Tomar King Man Singh in 1508, Man Singh Palace is an excellent example of Hindu architecture. The size of the Palace is somewhat deceptive visually since only two of it's storey's are above ground - the other two are underground. The third storey contains two open courtyards as well as various rooms which are all supported by differently decorated pillars and supports. The Palace is decorated with a variety of paintings, coloured tiles as well as human-like figures elephants, peacocks lions, ducks and plantain trees. Constructed as part of the wall on the one side of Gwalior Fort the Palace reaches a height of some 300 feet from ground level.
Man Singh Palace exterior - Gwalior, India.
Man Singh Palace exterior
Man Singh Palace inside - Gwalior, India.
Man Singh Palace inside
Man Singh Palace pol, Gwalior, India.
Man Singh Palace pol, Gwalior, India.
Side view of the Man Singh Palace at Gwalior, India.
Man Singh Palace
Man Singh Palace inner courtyard - Gwalior, India.
Man Singh Palace Gwalior
Man Singh Palace outer walls and fort battlements - Gwalior, India.
Man Singh Palace
Gwalior Town seen from Man Singh Palace - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior town
Saas Bahu Temple at Gwalior Fort in India.
Saas Bahu Temple
The small Saas Bahu Temple at Gwalior in India.
Saas Bahu Temple Gwalior
Sikh Gurudwara - beautiful Sikh Temple at Gwalior Fort, India.
Sikh Gurdwara

The Southern side of the fort is free to enter and roam around. There are really good views of Gwalior Town and the surrounding area from the battlements beside the Palace. Although Gwalior Fort covers a considerable area if time allows it is well worth walking round. Things to see in particular are the Saas-Bahu (mother and daughter) Vishnu Temples which are covered in sculptures of dancing girls and deities. Also nearbye is the huge Sikh Gurdwara (temple) which is a beautiful white domed building - you are welcome to go inside but arms, legs and head must be covered and of course you cannot wear socks or shoes. The nearbye 9th century Teli-Ka Mandir is the oldest building in the fort - at the time of visit it was completely covered with bamboo scaffolding as it was being renovated. Also close by is the Suraj Kund (tank) with it's small temple - this quite large tank is said to have magical waters - the area is beautiful and peaceful so just right for a quiet sit under the adjacent trees.
The tiny Suraj Kund Temple - southern part of Gwalior Fort, India.
Suraj Kund Temple
Suraj Kund - one of Gwalior Forts lovely water tanks, India.
Suraj Kund
The sere tank called Suraj Kund at Gwalior Fort in India.
Suraj Kund
Gwalior Fort old buildings slightly ruined - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior Fort area
Gwalior Fort Buildings - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior Fort Buildings

To the north of the Man Singh Palace as well as the Karam Mandir and the Vikram Mandir there are quite a few water tanks and other old buildings to look round however some are in rather a neglected state. The views from the battlements are once again very good including the Jama Masjid and the Gujuri Mahal.
Gwalior Fort small water tank - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior Fort small tank
Gwalior Fort stepped Tank - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior Fort Tank
Gwalior Fort ruins - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior Fort Building
Gwalior Fort Mandir - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior Fort Mandir
More ruined Gwalior Fort Buildings - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior Fort Buildings
View of Gwalior Fort bottom entrance - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior Fort bottom entrance
Gujari Mahal overview from Man Singh Palace - Gwalior, India.
Gujari Mahal overview
Jama Masjid sat near Gwalior Gate at Gwalior, India.
Jama Masjid Gwalior
Gwalior Gate - one of the fort entrance pols at Gwalior, India.
Gwalior Gate
Another small Gwalior pol at the fort - Gwalior, India.
Gwalior pol
As mentioned you can walk back down from the Palace to arrive at Gwalior Gate. The former Gujuri Mahal is now used as the Archeological Museum and the Jama Masjid is just outside the fort walls. The mosque was built in 1661 by Mohammad Khan and constructed from local sandstone. It has two slender minarets and the onion shaped domes are crowned with golden spires.

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