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Gwalior is a city in Madhya Pradesh and is one of the finest tourist destinations in India. It is well connected with all the major cities of India by Road, Train and also by Air. The various tourist attractions in Gwalior are hugely responsible for the huge influx of tourists. Gwalior has many places of tourist interests. Some of the notable ones are: Gwalior Fort, it is famous for its formidable bastioned walls, exquisite temples and palaces. It has earned the reputation of being North and Central India’s most impregnable fort. Sanchi Stupas were built on top of the hill and are crowned by the chhatra (a parasol like structure), thereby specifying a shelter for relics. Udayagiri Caves is famous as a Jain Pilgrimage Centre. Queen’s Cave or the Rani Gumpha, feature some complicated yet interesting carved sculptures. Man Mandir, the palace built by Man Singh Tomar is a major attraction of the fort. With its intricate carvings and beautiful paintings, it is also known as Chitra Mandir or Palace of Paintings. Gujari Mahal is now converted onto a museum and is known for its collection of Jain and Hindu artifacts. The Fort is also known for the temples in its precincts. Telika Mandir is a fascinating temple built in the 9th century and is striking with its Dravidian style of architecture. Kala Vithika is a must. Another must see museum is the Scindia Museum, which was once the royal palace of the Scindias, the erstwhile royalty of Gwalior. The place is a paragon of opulence with rare collections like a silver toy train whose wagons were used as serving dishes and a glass cradle from Italy used for the Lord Krishna at Janmashtami. Excursions from Gwalior can be made to nearby places. Datia, 74 km from Gwalior is famous for its Bundela paintings. Those interested in archeology should visit Pawaya, which was known as Padmavati in ancient times where one can find archaeological remains of the first and eight centuries. The Dhoomeshwar Mahadeo temple, situated 3 km away, is a fine example of Bundela architecture. Sonagiri is a famous Jain pilgrimage site. If you wish to go on a picnic not far from Gwalior, then Tigra Dam will be an ideal option. Gwalior hosts the Tansen Music Festival every winter in the months of November/ December. The festival in memory of the illustrious singer Tansen of Emperor Akbar’s time attracts musicians and music lovers from across the country.

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