Forts and Palaces
Gwalior is a remarkable historical tourist destination in the state of Madhya Pradesh. There are splendid monuments, palaces and museums here. All these memorials have gone through various ups and downs and have stood the test of time. The popular landmarks have rich history and feature magnificent architectural styles and designs.
Here is information on some of the major tourist attractions that you must certainly pay a visit to.
Gwalior Fort is renowned as most fortified fortress in North and Central India. The construction of this grandiose structure was commenced by Raja Man Singh Tomar in the 15th century. This fort surrounded by solid walls made of sandstone, located in Gopachal is spread over a land of 3 square km and is 35 feet high.
The fort comprises of two main doorways – South West and North East gates. It houses interesting and enthralling historical sites. The fort also contains palaces, temples as well as many water tanks. Furthermore, the southern pathway is encompassed by sophisticatedly chiselled rock faces which are inspired by Jain Tirthankars.
Gujari Mahal, which is also a famous museum, is considered as one of the admirable monuments of Gwalior. Raja Mansingh constructed this exquisite structure for his beloved Queen Mrignayani in the 15th century. The palace houses a sculpture of the tree goddess Gyraspur Shalabhanjika who is regarded as the embodiment of supremacy in miniature. A noteworthy feature of the palace is the treasured crown with fine jewels and stones ornamentation. The palace has voluminous assortment of sculptures from 1st century AD.
Located within the premises of the colossal Gwalior Fort, the archaeological museum conserves ancient treasures and striking sculptural gems. The aerial view of this amazing museum boasts of the charismatic architecture of Gujari Mahal. This enamouring stone structure houses weaponry, stone-work relics, bronze artefacts and devotional statues. The portrayal of Lord Vishnu’s head and Lord Krishna’s birth bespeaks the exceptional finesse of the craftsmen of that era. The leading attraction of the fort are the statue of Indian Mona Lisa and the sculpture of Gyraspur Shalabhanjika.
Sahastrabahu Temple or Sas Bahu Temple, is situated on the east of Gwalior Fort. Constructed by King Mahipala of the Kachchhapaghata Empire in 1092, the temple is one of the outstanding architectural wonders located close to Gwalior Fort. The 32-metre long temple has three major entrances positioned at three different directions. The entire temple is embellished with carvings, noticeably 4 idols of Vishnu, Saraswati and Brahma atop its entrance door.
The Sas Bahu temple in the fort does not only entice the devotees but also the tourists with an affinity for artistic value. The temples are located in close proximity to each other and are identical in style. The bigger one is extensively adorned with marvellous carvings and sculptures of the god. The ceiling of the larger temple is embellished with a graceful lotus carving which looks incredibly enchanting.
Jai Vilas Palace was built by Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia at the cost of 1 crore in 1874. The palace illustrates a classic example of European architecture, the design of which was conceived by Sir Michael Filose. An amalgamation of different architectural styles, the first level is Tuscan, the second is Italian-Doric and the third storey is constructed in Corinthian style. The palace is sprawled over an area of 12, 40,771 square feet and is remarkably known for its massive Durbar Hall. The interiors of the palace are adorned with gold and ostentatious furnishings coupled with enormous chandeliers and a large carpet. It stands at a height of 41 feet and is over 50 feet wide and 100 feet long.
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