Gwalior, in central India and in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is a historical town with shades of cultures and mores passing down from many dynasties. Located some 120 kms south of Agra, and once a proud centre of many northern Indian kingdoms, including the Tomras to Mughals to Marathas to Scindias, this city is visited by tourists for its forts, white sandstone mosques, temples and buttresses.
Gwalior is mostly visited for its antique charm of art and architecture, where antiquity and modernity co-exist gloriously. The Gwalior Fort, at a height of 100m above the main town, is the most prominent structure in the city. The 15th century Man Mandir attracts tourists for its highly structured architectural motif and patterns. The 9th century Teli-ka-Mandir, at a height of 100ft, delights for its amalgamation of Dravidian and Indo-Aryan architecture style.
The 11th century Saas-Bahu Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is popular for its elaborately patterned and intricate artwork. If the Jai Vilas Palace- now the residence of the Scindia family- delights for its European style of architecture, then the Tomb of Tansen is a testimony of the flourishing classical music during the Mughal time. Another major tourist attraction in Gwalior includes the Mausoleum of Ghaus Mohammed, a 16th century sandstone tomb that depicts the shades of glorious Mughal architectural.