If history, art and architecture spell a perfect holiday for you, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh is definitely a must visit! The city houses numerous historic monuments, including the very popular Gwalior Fort. Gwalior Fort, an imposing structure situated on a hill has received praise from rulers throughout history. Known for its architectural brilliance and intricate design, exploring the fort can take up an entire day. If you are not fond of historical tours, you can spend your time admiring the stunning views of the fort and from the fort. Do also visit Ghaus's Tomb, which is the tomb of Muhammad Ghawth, a notable Sufi and the guru of Tansen. The site is also home to the Samadhi of Tansen and perhaps this is why the wonderful Tansen music festival is celebrated here. There are numerous hotels here and you can choose one according to your budget, though for a more local experience, it is always best to pick a homestay.
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Jai Vilas Palace Museum
The grand Jai Vilas Mahal was established by the then Maharaja of Gwalior, Jayajirao Scindia. The palace has been home to the royal Maratha Scindia family since 1874 and continues to house the descendants of the great founder. It was known that Maharaja Jayajirao was a connoisseur of fine design and furniture, hence the interiors of the palace have been decorated with accessories from all over the world, such as England, Egypt, Japan, China and Italy.
One cannot come back from a trip, any trip without some souvenir. When you are in Rajasthan, these souvenirs would be beautiful handicraft items or those colorful puppets or those beautifully made embroidered torans and pillow covers. I made Hathi Pol my last stop to do some Diwali Shopping. A plethora of colors and some added bling with amazing works of art, trust me, you need more than a day and a full pocket to go shopping in Udaipur. From those beautifully decorated Bamboo Cotton Dresses in Pichola Art to the colorful puppets to beautiful silver jewelry, Hathi Pol is one awesome shopping hub in Udaipur. But, be sure to keep your bargain game strong and make some savings. Udaipur is known for its silver too, a fact I got to know from the locals. So with silver jhumkas, some pretty dress materials and Udaipur’s famous gulkand barfi and cham cham (sweets) in hand, I made my way to the bus station.
Shree Gogaji Dham
Our first stop was at Shree Gogaji Dham Temple, a colourful temple from the outside and inside. This temple is very famous in the Rabari caste of Gujarat. They have a strong belief in this temple and they come here for all their remedies. It is believed that all the prophecies that the priest of this temple makes come true.
The birthplace of Tansen who happened to be one of the nine gems or navaratnas in Baburs Court, Gwalior is a place that has seen the rule of the Rajputs and as well as the British and the Scindia Clan. Ibn Batuta in the 14th century termed this place as a fine town of white stone, and the British Governor General Warren Hastings called it the key to Indostan in the year 1780. There are many sights to pay a visit to in Gwalior and one is sure to be mesmerized by the beauty of this place. The old city of Gwalior is best explored on foot and one should go through the bylanes to experience what life was like in the years gone by.