Gwalior is one of the most dynamic and exhilarating cities of Central India. Although Madhya itself is located at the centre of the nation, location of Gwalior is more significant as it is connected with many other states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Harayana and many others. The nucleus of Gwalior is a citadel crowning, an isolated hill about 91 m high, 3.2 km long, and 823 m. wide. The Gwalior fort built on the hill is said to have been a stronghold for centuries.
History of Gwalior has its own importance. It has been named on a Holy saint Gwalipa who saved life of then ruler of the place Suraj Sen in 8 A.D. who was struck with a deadly disease. He was cured by the saint and as a token of his gratitude Suraj Sen named this place as Gwalior as he was given a new life to Suraj Sen. Another story reveals that this city has been named as Gwalior on the name of Rishi Galav who remained under worship of God for a very long time and by virtue of his prayers this city got prosperity.
The new city of Gwalior became, over the centuries, the cradle of great dynasties and with each, the city gained new dimensions from warrior-kings, poets, musicians and saints, contributing to making it a city renowned throughout the country. Today, Gwalior is a modern Indian city, vibrant and bustling.
The entire city is a visual and aesthetic feast, for the builders of Gwalior were great architects. Take a walk through the streets of the city and you will discover old havelies with exquisitely carved doorways and windows; at almost every street crossing you will find statues of Scindia family members who have contributed to a large extent in making this city to the present shape. Museums and art galleries are treasure houses and beautifully maintained palaces give the city its inimitable regal flavor. Sightseeing in Gwalior is a magical trip into the centuries gone by.
Since located in the heart of the nation, Gwalior enjoys almost all the climates like summer, rain, autumn, winter and spring. All the climates hit the city to their maximum and no other place in the nation has this unique feature.
Gwalior is a well acknowledged place in terms of art. Since long it is enjoying an unmatched reputation in various disciplines of art such as music, sculpture and other arts. There are many evidences of having its history of remaining on top of the world in the various areas of music. For instance the famous singer of the time of Mugal Emperor Akbar, Tansen came from Gwalior and he was placed as on of the jewels, in Navratnas, nine jewels of the court. Tansen today also is recognized as one of the best singers of his time and in his memory every year a festival is organized in Gwalior, in which outstanding musicians participate and pay their homage to the great singer by way of their presentation in the festival