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Things To Do In Gwalior
Gwalior is a mesmerizing city in the heart of India that offers unparalleled sights and experiences. If you are inquisitive and up for an adventure, there is no shortage of things to do in Gwalior. It is a gem of a city for anyone passionate about exploring. With an abundance of things to do, there is an impressive set of domains these places cover. Whether you would like to spend time soaking in the grandeur of historic artefacts or laze about boating in freshwater, we’ve got you covered. To make your trip to Gwalior downright stupendous, make sure you cover all these exciting landmarks:
Explore Madhav National Park
This is a vast wildlife sanctuary located in the Shivpuri district of Gwalior. The place was named after Madhao Rao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior. The rejuvenating greenery and diverse wildlife here allow you to escape the routine of city life. The premises of Madhav National Park are calm and serene, featuring varied landscapes including forested hills and massive grasslands. The park is open to visitors all year round and also features an artificial lake. Bird watching is another popular activity often undertaken by tourists.
Discover Gopachal Parvat Rock-Cut Sculptures
The Gopachal rock-cut Jain monuments are a set of Jain sculptures carved between the 7th and 15th centuries. They are located on the southern end of the Gwalior fort and offer a thoroughly memorable experience especially for those interested in archaeology. Most of the statues and monuments stand in pristine shape, and are a photographer’s delight. The idols are intricately carved and a scenic waterfall nearby adds to the charm of the location. The art, carvings, and architecture of this wondrous place will leave you spellbound.
Have fun at Splash the Sun city
Located in the heart of the city, Splash the Sun City is sure to lift your spirits. It is a bustling outdoor amusement park featuring an exhilarating range of rides, slides and pools. This is one of the best places to spend time with your family, especially if you have kids in tow. There are themed rides and a large pool play area that cater to people of all ages. You can choose to spend the day relaxing in a fun-filled environment or go for the thrill rides for a bit of adrenaline rush.
Go boating in the reservoir at Tighra Dam
Located at a distance of 20 Km from the city centre, Tighra dam is a freshwater reservoir on the Sank River. This is the primary source of drinking water for the city of Gwalior and also offers boating (speed and paddle) services for your amusement. It is an absolute thrill to watch the enormous dam gates open and the water flood out. This is an exceptional place to visit all year round because of its serene, tranquil atmosphere. You can count on this popular picnic spot to soothe your mind and calm frayed nerves.
Visit the Gwalior Trade Fair
This colorful trade fair is one of the major attractions of Gwalior and the largest one in Madhya Pradesh. It was started in 1905 by Madhao Rao Scindia to promote trade and collaboration. The fair is set up at Mela Grounds, also called Pragati Maidan. The fair usually begins in mid-December and lasts for about a month. Major attractions of the fair include the "Haasya Kavi Sammelan", the "Kavvali Dangals", the "Mushairas", Cultural Evenings, and Music Nights. The Shilp bazaar, where sellers display hand-made products, is also a central attraction of the Gwalior Trade Fair.
Drop in at the Gwalior Zoo
Established by the Royal Family back in 1922, the Gwalior zoo is situated in a garden-complex with a variety of animals and birds to be seen. A part of the zoo has also been declared a protected site due to the inhabitation of rare species in the area. The chief attraction of the zoo is a White Tiger. Other animals calling the Gwalior zoo their home include deer, monkeys, Royal Bengal Tiger, serpents, rabbits, crocodile, lions, spotted deer, panther, hyena, bear, hippopotamus, and bear. The zoo also has some colourful and rare birds, lizards, and snakes.
Shop at Patankar and Sarafa bazaars
While Sarafa bazaar is the oldest market in the city, and also the most popular, Patankar bazaar has its own exquisite array of textiles and handicrafts. Both markets house an incredible range of traditional handicraft pieces, and colorful lacquer worked items. You can find intricate jewellery, vases, and boxes on display here. Silk in all colors of the rainbow is also for sale at reasonable prices. If you get tired shopping, don’t forget to try out the delicious pani-Puri and kulfi available here.