Gwalior Fort is a 8th century fort on a hill top near to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, state of India. The Fort was built during the 8th century.
Fort complex consists mainly of 2 palaces Gurjari Mahal Palace & Man Mandir Palace and the outer fort. Gurjari Mahal palace, which is now an archaeological museum, was built by Raja Man Singh for Queen Mrignayan. Man Mandir Palace was built during the 15th century. Many structures including Palaces (Mahals) were added to the fort by different rulers.
The fort extends over 3 square kilometers in area and is having a height of 35 feet. There are two gates to the fort; one at the northeast side and the other at southwest side.
The water tanks which gets its water requirements from the nearby Swarnarekha river can store water to satisfy the needs of a 15,000 strong garrison (the number required to guard this fort)!
The fort at Gwalior was controlled by many dynasties during the course of time. 86 Kings belonging to the Pal dynasty has ruled Gwalior for the maximum period of 989 years. Others who controlled and ruled Gwalior include Gurjara-Pratihara Dynasty, Turkic rulers, Tomar rulers, Suri dynasty and Hemu, Mughal dynasty, Raizada dynasty, Maratha rulers (the Scindias) and the British.
The oldest existing “ZERO“, which is estimated to be 1500 years old is found in a small temple here, on the way to the top hills.
How Do I Go to Gwalior Fort?
Gwalior is well connected by roads to all parts of the country. Gwalior Fort is located at a distance of 2 to 4 kilometers (depending on the route you take) from Gwalior railway station, the nearest railway station. ‘Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia Airport’ at 10 kilometers away from the city, is the nearest airport to the Fort at Gwalior.