Described by Mughal Emperor Babar ‘the pearl in the necklace of forts of Hind’, Gwalior Fort is an iconic symbol of Gwalior city and one of the biggest forts of its kind in the country.
Gwalior city is known for its heritage and culture. There are many heritage buildings and monuments which are very popular among tourists but Gwalior Fort holds unique charm among the visitors. It is an iconic symbol of the city and one of the oldest masterpieces of ancient art present in our country.
The fort was built of King Maan Singh of Tomar dynasty. The magnificent fort is built on an isolated rock, giving panoramic view of old Gwalior town 24×7 and takes pride to one of the biggest forts of its kind in the country.
History reckons that the first part of the fort was constructed by a Tomar ruler. According to folklore a Tomar emperor while passing through the rocky terrain noticed saint Rishi Galav worshiping and he was awestruck by the charm on his face and the serene radiation coming out from his body as he prayed. Observing this emperor resolved to build a city called ‘Galav Rishi Ki Tapo Bhoomi’, which ultimately became the foundation laying of Gwalior Fort.
Whereas, its second part, Gujri Mahal now a museum), was constructed by Maan Singh for one of his favorite queens — Mrignayani. Built in fifteenth century the giant Gwalior Fort is divided in various sections like Gujari Mahal, Maan Mandir Palace, Suraj Kund, etc.
Mughal Emperor Babar described the architectural beauty as ‘the pearl in the necklace of forts of Hind’.
Gwalior Fort has become the favorite tourist destination, people from all over the world come to see this mammoth structure of art and heritage.The architectural beauty of Gujri Mahal, Teli Ka Mandir, Saas Bahu Temple and Rockcut statues of Jain Thrithankaras have become Gwalior’s pride and joy.
Credit: Nitin Khonde