This city in Central India remains off the beaten track, which is surprising considering its wonderful palaces, temples and monuments, including a splendid medieval Gwalior fort and the sumptuous Jai Vilas Palace.

Standing majestically atop a plateau overlooking Gwalior, the Gwalior fort houses a fascinating set of palaces, museums and religious architecture inside its impressive walls.

Jai Vilas Palace (also known as the Jai Vilas Mahal), was built in 1874 by Jayajirao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior during the British Raj. A major part of the palace is now a museum, while a part of it is still the royal residence. The palace was designed and built by Sir Michael Filose using a combination of architectural styles, the first storey is Tuscan, the second Italian-Doric and the third Corinthian.

Don’t miss a visit to the Tomb of Tansen, an icon of Indian classical music; the tomb, near the beautiful Mausoleum of Mohammad Ghaus, is the site of a famous yearly music festival.

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