Gwalior is a city in Madhya Pradesh, India, lying 76 miles (122 km) south of Agra, and known as the tourist capital of Madhya Pradesh. The city has a population of over 1.2 million; its greater metropolitan area is the 46th most populous area in the country.
Gwalior occupies a strategic location in the Gird region of India, and the city and its fortress have served as the center of several of historic northern Indian kingdoms. That the location of the city still is considered militarily important is signalled by the presence of a major airforce base at Maharajpura.
Gwalior is the administrative headquarters of Gwalior district and Gwalior division.
Places of interest
Maharaj Bada is the biggest and most important market of Gwalior. Seven ancient buildings of different architecture like Italian, Russian, Mughal, Rajputi, Chinese etc. can be viewed.
Gopachal Parvat is Situated on the mountainous terrain at the slopes of Gwalior Fort, Gopachal Parvat contains unique statues of Jain Tirthankaras. The idol of Lord Parshvanath seated on lotus (carved out of a single stone) is the largest in the world, towering at 47 feet in height and 30 feet in breadth.
A series of 26 Jain statues in a single line makes a pictorial appeal to the eyes. Built within 1398 to 1536 by Tomar kings- these Jain Tirthankars statues are one of a kind in architecture and a treasure trove of old Indian heritage and culture. Gopachal Parvat is approximately located at a distance of 2 km from railway station and bus stand.
Tomb of Rani Lakshmibai, a famous freedom fighter, at Phoolbag area.
Vivswaan Mandir (Surya mandir), made by Ghanshyam Das Birla in 1986, an excellent example of architecture. This temple is just similar to Konark's sun temple.
Jai vilas Palace, close to the heart of the city; patterned on the Palace of Versailles, combining Tuscan, Italian and Corinthian styles of architecture.
Gwalior trade fair was started in 1905 by Maharaja Madho Rao, king of Gwalior. It has become the biggest fair of Madhya Pradesh and, indeed, one of the most colorful fairs of the whole India. it's started from jan to fer.
Sun City is one of the biggest family entertainment centres of Madhya Pradesh.
Tansen's tomb: Gwalior is the birthplace of the world-famous musician Tansen. He was one of the nine gems of Akbar.
Gwalior Fort: Babar used to say about this fort that it is pearl among the fortress of India.
Roop Singh Stadium is a cricket ground. The stadium has hosted 10 ODI matches. Of the 10 matches played so far, the first one was that played between India and West Indies on 22 January 1988. Ground has flood lights and has hosted day-night encounters as well. One match of 1996 Cricket World Cup was also played on this ground between India and West Indies. On this ground, Sachin Tendulkar was the first and to date the only person in world to achieve 200 runs in ODIs.
Zoo, famous for its unique collection of animals.
Deen Dayal City Mall, one of the biggest malls of Madhya Pradesh. A multi-storied grand structure, it houses shops and showrooms of many national and international brands and has a number of eateries, and a multiplex Fun Cinemas. There are also some international and world-famous fast food restaurant like Domino's Pizza and McDonald's in DD City Mall.