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Its soaring walls sport photogenic semi-circular bastions with ornate cupolas - plus eye-catching turquoise tilework. The famous Mughal Emperor Babar aptly called Gwalior Fort the pearl of Indian fortresses.
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inside Gwalior Fort
Man Singh Palace
Noted for its tilework and superb sculpturing.
Has an elaborately decorated exterior.
This palace is now a museum.
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When to come
October to March is best because temperatures drop and monsoons are on vacation.
The fort sits imposingly on a large, elongated, steep-sided sandstone outcrop overlooking the town and beyond.
History in brief
The structure dates back to the 6th century, but today's Gwalior Fort is mainly the creation of the 15th century ruler Man Singh Tomar and his descendants. Over the next several centuries, it was conquered and ruled by a succession of dynasties: Mughals, Marathas, and Scindias, followed by the British.
to and from Agra
The Taj Mahal city of Agra is about 140 kilometers (90 miles) away, a distance that makes day tripping possible.
Gwalior is on the
Golden Triangle Grand tour route
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