Gwalior is a historical city of India. Known widely for its glorious manifestation and opulent past of India, the city is home to infinite magnanimous forts, intricately carved temples, palaces and a lot more. Many dynamic dynasties have ruled the city in the past and still makes for Rajput heritage. Most importantly, it is the birthplace of Tansen, the celebrated musician who became a gem of Akbar’s Court.
1. Boating at Tighra Dam
The beautifully built Tighra Dam is situated 23 kilometres from main Gwalior city. Aimed at producing the much needed freshwater reservoir on Chambal River shores, Tighara Dam makes for the major source of water supply Gwalior city. The built, look, and overall construction of this dam is undoubtedly an engineering marvel. Tourists are recommended to pay a visit here for boating, relaxing picnic excursions, and other activities like rock climbing, river rafting, or parasailing.
2. Shopping and Eating at Sarafa Bazaar
Sarafa Bazaar is a popular market in Gwalior. Widely renowned for its exquisite handicrafts, handloom items, ethnic jewellery, and handloom items, the marketplace will offer everything. Each item sold here reflects unique and exclusive culture of Gwalior culture. So if you are a shopaholic, visit this market in Gwalior for authentic lacquer ware, wall hangings, handmade carpets, silk sarees, cotton sarees, chanderi sarees, and brocades at famous shop of Kothari’s. Eating out is fun here. The place is home to several food stalls and restaurants serving authentic dishes from Gwalior.
3. A Visit to Scindia Museum
This will serve as one of the most memorable visits for you. The museum displays beautiful chandeliers weighing over 3.5 tonnes. Ranked as one of the largest hall carpets across Asia, you would get an opportunity to see a mini silver train (one of its kind) here. These are only some of the few impressive items found here.
Clicking pictures of exquisite vintage cars used by Gwalior’s royal family is an experience on its own. There are around 35 rooms in the museum which were originally a part of lavish Jai Vilas Palace of the Scindias. It was built in the year 1874 by Maharaja Jayajirao. Interestingly, the prisoners from the Gwalior fort were appointed as artsans here. Later on, they were rewarded with a permanent weaving job of hall carpet (one of the largest across Asia) that continued for 12 long years.
4. Attend the Tansen Festival of Gwalior
Gwalior is world famous for its beautiful colourful festivals celebrated with great fanfare and zest. The festivals of this historical city clearly reflects the culture and tradition followed by locals here since ancient years. Some of the most famous of these include Rang Panchami, Tansen Music Festival, Diwali, and Baredi.
If you are looking forward to attend the best of all, The Tansen festival of Gwalior is the best choice. Deemed as the main festival of the city, it is a musical event reflecting the cultural zest and enthusiasm of Gwalior.
Tansen Music Festival is the 5-day festival celebrated in December. It is aimed towards offering a tribute to Tansen, the prominent music composer. Commemorating immense talent and achievements of Tansen and encouraging fresh talent, the festival is a must attend for all. Tansen one of the nine jewels of Akbar, the great Mughal King. You have to visit the Tomb of Tansen where the festival is organised every year in Gwalior.
Music lovers, novice learners, international tourists, and musical maestros from across the globe visit Gwalior to attend this festival and showcase their skills.
5. Pay Respect to the Magical Musician
A visit to the tomb of Tansen is a must for all tourists in Gwalior. The great musician who could bring down rains and help flowers bloom with his music has contributed a lot to the Indian arts industry. A visit to the tomb will be your tribute to this immensely skilled musician.
So what are you waiting for? Book a Gwalior tour package now!