Gwalior Fort


Gwalior Fort and Monuments:
The Mughal Emperor Babar once revered Gwalior Fort as “the pearl amongst fortresses in India”. This may be true of the palace’s unique beauty, but it is far too ornate to be considered a pearl.

The miles of fort walls are adorned with ornate blue and yellow paint. These colors exaggerate the amazing intricacy of the fort’s embossed-stone designs and its several gazebo-like towers.

The fort is vast, and everything about its structure makes it seem indestructible. The walls stand at a height of three hundred feet above the surrounding planes. The walls are built to the edge of the sandstone precipice it sits upon. The edges of the precipice take on the shape of a sloping cliff.

Inside the fort’s immense walls, you could easily find amazing medieval architecture such as the Sas-Bahu and Teli Ka Mandir that were constructed within the Fort as well as several palaces and sites such as the Gujri Mahal, Karan Palace, Jahangir Mahal and the Jain Sculptures.


Jai Vilas Palace and the Scindia Museum
The gorgeous Jai Vilas Palace and the Scindia Museum are a favorite highlight to visiting Gwalior Fort. The Maharaja and his family still live in the Jai Vilas Palace. The palace itself is beautiful and inspired by the English Architecture of the Buckingham Palace. For visitors, the royal family still lends 35 of the palace’s rooms to the public.

The royal family had been very generous with their personal artifacts, ornaments, keepsakes and important documents by donating their vast majority to the Scindia Museum.

The Museum holds many treasures that you couldn’t see anywhere else, including two of the world’s largest chandeliers (each weighing three tons), Asia’s largest carpet, stuffed tigers in various attack positions, a crystal staircase, various manuscripts, paintings, weapons, sculptures, coins, crystal ornaments as well as a miniature train that carries dry fruit, brandy, and cigars to the table.

The palace and museum could not do a better job in illustrating the wealth and indulgence of the royal families in India.

 


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