The Gwalior Fort is one of the prime attractions helping in booming Gwalior tourism. The fort is said to have contain several monuments, palaces and courtyards for the tourists to take a look into its charismatic architectural brilliance. Let’ take a look at some of the famous spots to explore within the fort.
1- Man Mandir Palace – The Man Mandir Palace is part of the twin palaces inside the Gwalior Fort. The Man Mandir Palace is situated at the north eastern end of the monolithic fort. The palace was constructed by the King of Tomar Dynasty, is located at the northeast end of the fort. It was built by the King of Tomar Dynasty, Maharaja Man Singh in the 14th century and later frescoed in the 17th century. The Man Mandir is an enormous palace with splendid architecture to adore. Although the palace interiors are mostly empty, the outer sides are beautifully decorated with marble artwork. The walls of the palace are also intricately designed with beautiful carvings and sculptures at the corners. The palace also houses a circular prison and Jauhar pond, the place where Rajput women committed sati.
2- Gujari Mahal – Gujari Mahal is another spectacular palace inside the Gwalior Fort. The palace was constructed by Raja Man Singh for his beloved wife Mrignayani. In the last century the palace was converted into an archaeological museum and contains several important artifacts and items from the glorious era of the kings dating back to the 1st and 2nd centuries.
3- Hathi Pol (Elephant Gate) – The Hathi Pol Gate or the Hathiya Paur is popularly known as the Elephant Gate and is situated at the south eastern corners of the fort. There were a series of seven gates constructed by the kings and the Hathi Pol was one of them, leading directly to the Man Mandir Palace. There was once a life-sized statue of an elephant adorning the gate, which with time depreciated to stout.
4- Teli Ka Mandir – One of the major attractions in the Gwalior Fort, ‘Teli-Ka Mandir’ or the temple of the oilman, is the oldest part of the fort. The temple showcases a pure Brahmin architecture and was built in the 8th century. The temple had also undergone fresco work during 1881-83. The temple consists of a rectangular structure with pillars at all corners and a Buddhist styled mandap at the centre. It is believed that the temple was a workplace for the oilers to churn out oil used in the construction work of the fort and other structures.
5- Saas Bahu Temple – Another fantastic masterpiece within the Gwalior Fort premises is the Saas Bahu Temple or the Saas-Bahu ka Mandir. Situated at the eastern side of the fort, the temple was constructed during the rule of King Mahipala of the Kachhwaha regime in the 2nd century AD. The temple showcases an amazing blend of the north and south Indian style of architecture.
So, if you’re planning to explore this fascinating ancient fort then you should definitely plan an itinerary to tour the various wonders of the fort, along with the other things to do in Gwalior.
Anusha Dixit is a travel blogger associated with an Online Travel Guide. She guides travelers to various resources where they can read all about Gwalior tourism.