The Fort of Gwalior tells the tale of valour and splendour tat once it saw. It is a magnificent fort that dominates the city of Gwalior. The main structure of the fort was built some thousand years ago. The present structure is still 55 years old built by Raja Man Singh of Gwalior. One of the most invincible forts of India, it was proclaimed as the Pearl of all the fortresses of India by the Mughal Emperor Babur. The fort was occupied by many dynasties and rulers all of whom have left their impressions on the fort. Although the present and the ones in good condition, mostly belong to Raja Man Singh.
The Man Mandir is the Fort's piece de resistance is the palace built by Man Singh Tomar. It is a beautiful palace full of colour, motifs and designs. The carvings are intricate that of animals, flowers and human figures as well.
The aesthetic beauty of the king is reflected in Man Mandir and the Gujari Mahal speaks of his love. He was in love with Mrignayani, his Gujar Queen, for whom this particular palace has been built. Dedication for perfection of each and every minute details is seen in this palace. Today the palace has been converted into an archaeological museum.
The Teli Ka Mandir is the only monument in the fort that speaks of the era beyond Raja Man Singh. Articulated in beautiful Dravidian style, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple has a wonderful blend of Muslim and Hindu architecture.
The other temple set adjacent to each other are the Sas Bahu temples. The temples have beautiful intricate carvings on them.
Out side the fort the impressions of the Scindia rule is quite evident. The Scindias were prolific builders. The Jai Vilas palace which still is the residence of the Scindias is a unique example of that. Many of the rooms of this royal residence have been converted in to museum.
The city of Gwalior is dotted with Chatris commemorating the past Maratha rulers. The monuments outside the imposing fort are the tombs of Tansen, the patriarch of Hindustani classical music and that of Mohammed Ghaus a saint of Islamic faith. Although historically the place does not carry much of value, the architecture and the structure of the place is immensely beautiful.