The Gwalior fort is believed to have been discovered around the 10th century, though there are various inscriptions and monuments found within it that indicate that it may have existed as early as the beginning of the 6th century!
The fort has since been passed to various hands and controlled by a number of different rulers in the region.
Gwalior Fort is a fort located on a hilltop near Gwalior city. It is a fort with a deep history and having existed since almost 6th century AD, it contains many ancient elements and remains.
Various historical remains and ancient artefacts and remnants can be found inside the Gwalior fort. The fort has two massive gates – 1. Hathi Pul (translating to “Elephant Gate”) and 2. Badalgarh Pul (translating to “Cloud House Gate”).
The fort has some temples and palaces within its complex. These include the Sas Bahu Temple, Teli Ka Mandir and Man Singh Palace.
The Man Singh Palace was built in the 15th century by Maharaja Man Singh Tomar, of Tomar dynasty who ruled in the region. It is a beautiful and colourful palace with green-, yellow-, and turquoise-coloured tiles adorning its walls. It has four storeys or floors and open courtyards. It also has some basement floors which include circular prisons which were used by the rulers to imprison criminals.
Gwalior Fort is located about 11km away from Gwalior Airport – which is the nearest airport from here, and the fort can be reached by road in around 15 minutes after arriving at Gwalior airport, by taking a taxi or bus.
The nearest railway station to the fort is Gwalior Railway Station, which is 8 kms (5 miles) away, and the fort can be reached by road in around 6-10 minutes.
To enter the Gwalior Fort, the entry fee for visitors is INR 15 per head) which also includes charges for visit the Sas Bahu Temple and Teli Ka Mandir located on within the premises of the Fort complex.
There is also a Museum within the Fort which hosts a Sound and Light show at 6.30 PM every day. It tells stories of the fort with sound and lights, and makes for a delightful watch.
Labeled as the ‘Pearl among the fortresses’ by Babur, the Gwalior Fort dominates the entire city of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh with its extravagant size and impenetrable structure. Dating back to the 6th century, the fort is also the place where the reference for the number ‘zero’ has been found in the form of a carving inside a temple.