When we speak about Forts, we may see a history behind every one. Forts are our country’s monuments which would have been constructed during the ruling of great kings. By seeing the arts, architecture, and landscape, we can judge the dynasty and the ruler of the era. One such wonder is Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh. We shall have a glimpse of the oldest fort Gwalior here.
A history of Gwalior Fort
Gwalior Fort is one of the prominent tourists’ places in Madhya Pradesh. The history says that during the Rajput Tomar period, the Gwalior Fortress became prominent. In the 15th century, the fort was constructed by Raja Man Singh Tomar. The height of the fort is 35 feet whereas the length is over 2 miles. Gwalior hill fort encompasses six palaces, many water tanks, and three temples etc. The sandstone concrete walls surround the Gwalior Fort. The fort was maintained by many rulers in five hundred years.
After Tomars dynasty, the fort was maintained by Mughals, Marathas, and British. The fortress finally reached the Scindias from the British. The most popular temple in the Gwalior Fort is the Teli-ka-Mandir. The Saal-Bahu Temple is famous next to the Teli-ka-Mandir and it is a two pillared temple.
One of the alluring palaces in Gwalior fort is the Man Singh Palace. The palace was built by the ruler in the 15th century. The tourists can have a clear view of the city from the Gwalior fort. A particular incident should be noted in the palace is it was the place where Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor was imprisoned and he murdered his brother Murad in the same place. The Gujri Mahal, Karan Palace, Shah Jahan Mahal and Jahangir Mahal are the other palace to visit in the Gwalior Fort.
An accolade to Gwalior Fort
Indian Postal Department introduced and issued a postage stamp of Gwalior Fort to represent and respect the importance of the palace. The fort’s history has two parts. One part elaborates the Man Mandir Palace and the second part is the Gurjari which has now become a Museum. The monuments and temples in the fort are dedicated to Jain and Hindu. The entrance of the fort is on the eastern side and it is called as Elephant Gate.
Raja Mansingh Tomar constructed Gujari Mahal for his lovable wife, Queen Mrignayani. Blue mosaic tiles and an array of yellow ducks decorate the outer walls of the Man Mandir.
Gwalior fort – Sound and light show
Photo by Michel Curi
A light and sound show is conducted in the Gwalior Fort every day in the evening time. The show frames the fort’s heritage, culture and it portraits the love story of Raja Man Singh. At Man Mandir, the show is conducted in the amphitheatre. The show timings are: English show is held at 8.30 PM whereas Hindi show is conducted at 7.30 PM.
The best time to visit the Gwalior Fort is between October and March. Most of the tourists invade here even in the monsoon season.
The ancient Gwalior fort is open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm. There is an entry fee levied. Rs.75 for Indians’ per head, Rs.250 for foreigners per head and there is no entry fee is charged for the children below 15 years old.
The Facts behind Gwalior Fort
- The fort sprawls in 3 sq.km and the height of the Gwalior fort is 35 feet
- It is one of the ancient and biggest forts in India
- The fort encompassed eleven Gautama Buddha temples
- Gujari Mahal has been converted into public museum
- There is a famous boarding school where the sons of princes studied. Madho Rao Scindia founded the school in 1897
- Music festival is conducted to honor Tansen who hailed from the city
- The tourism department of the city recently started Gwalior Carnival. This fiesta conducts various activities such as food, sports, dance, spiritual camps and music
- Besides the main gate, there is another gate called Badalgarh Gate. Urwahi gate is on the west side of the fort. It was constructed in the 13th century
Everyone has to visit such a historical place to deeply know about our culture, heritage, and reminiscence.