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Bilaspur

Bilaspur Bilaspur is a city in Bilaspur District in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, situated 111 km (69 mi) north of the state capital, Raipur. It is the second-largest city (after Raipur) in the state. It is the administrative headquarters of Bilaspur District. Ratanpur Ratanpur is one of the most important historic towns of Chhattisgarh. Considered as the old capital of the Chhattisgarh State, Ratanpur is situated at a distance of about 25 km from Bilaspur. According to legends, Ratanpur had been an important place in all Yugas. Ratanpur is famous for its ancient Fort and a number of amazing Temples. Khutaghat Khutaghat is a dam situated at 12 km. by road from Ratanpur and Located about 33 kms form bilaspur city on the Bilaspur Ambikapur National Highway it has matured into a picnic spot over the year.this dam is built on kharoon river and used for the irrigation of whole area. MainpatChhattisgarh Tourism Board is extensively promoting Mainpat, Chhattisgarh's only hill station as its latest happening destination. Often referred to as 'Shimla of central India', Mainpat is a picturesque hill station located close to Bilaspur.Speaking exclusively to Financial Express Online, Pallavi Shimpley, tourist officer, Chhattisgarh Tourism Board, said, “Chhattisgarh offers a variety of tourist destinations. The newly opened hill station, Mainpat is one of the finest hill station in India. We are aggressively promoting this new destination throughout the nation. Bastar, Bilaspur and Raipur are well known among the tourists, but Mainpat is still an unexplored destination.
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Omkareshwar

One of the Tweleve Jyotirlinga Omkareshwar is also know as "Omkareshwar- Mandhata' . It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river; the shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu ॐ symbol. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar (whose name means "Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound") and one to Amareshwar (whose name means "Immortal lord" or "lord of the Immortals or Devas"). But as per the sloka on dwadash jyotirligam, Mamleshwar is the jyotirling, which is on other side of Narmada river.Omkareshwar temple is the main attraction of the pilgrims. In fact the town owes its very existence to this temple. As to who constructed the temple and when , is all shrouded in mystry.The sanctum sanctorum containing the Jyotirlinga seems to have been originally a small temple of the old construction style, the dome being made of layers of stone slabs and not of circular cut stones. As this temple is too close to the precipitously deep bank of the Narmada to the south, the great extension is of new construction style. This is the reason why the sanctum sanctorum and the main deity are neither in the front of the main door nor below the higher conspicuous Shikhar or the tower of later construction.The temple stands on a one mile long, half mile wide island formed by the fork of the Narmada. The soft stone of which it was constructed has lent its pliable surface to a   rare degree of detailed work, of which the frieze figures on the upper portion is the most striking. Also intricately carved is the stone roof of the temple. Encircling the shrine are verandahs with columns which are carved in circles, polygons and squares.Attractions of Omkareshwar : Mamleshwar Jyotilinga: The correct name is the Amreshwar temple. It is a protected Ancient Monument with good architectural stone work. Since the time of Maharani Ahilyabai holkar who expired in 1795, 22 Brahims paid by the Holker state, daily performed Lingarchan Puja. Each Brahmin was Provided with a wooden board having 1300 little holes. In each they put very small miniature clay lingam to represent Shiva Lingas and when nearly 14300 lingas were manufacture and worshipped, they used to be submerges in the Narmada. In the early part of the 20th century the number of Brahmins was reduced to 11 and at present the number is only 5. the wall of the temple contains the inscription of Mahims Stotra dated 1063 A.DAnnapurna Mandir: There is an ancient type construction old Markandeya Mandir around which the Annapurna Temple Trust of Indore has raised a great complex containing a Sarva Mangala temple with the three goddesses Laxmi , Parvati and Saraswati . 35 feet tall statue of Lord Krishna depicting the “Virat Swarup” or gigantic shape of Krishna as mentioned in the Bhagwat Geeta .It is center of attraction for the pilgrims. Swami Sacchidanandji Maharaj , a learned saint , guides the Ashram.He has founded the Ashram.
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Varanasi

Varanasi was formerly known as Kashi – the city that illuminates. The religious capital of Hinduism, Varanasi is the oldest living city of India & one of the worlds’ most ancient. The present name is derived from the fact that the city is at the confluence of the rivers Varuna & Asi. After breakfast, take excursion to Sarnath - the buried Buddhist city where Buddha preached his first sermon. After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath, and it was here that he preached his first discourse in the deer park to set in motion the 'Wheel of the Dharma'. It is one of the most holy sites as in this place the stream of the Buddha's teaching first flowed. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 16th century BC to 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple & the museum (closed on Friday). At the museum is the Ashok Pillar with its four guardian lions, used as independent India's’ national emblem. Visit the Bharat Mata temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Benaras Hindu University which has an art gallery & the mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb
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Mandu

Mandu or Mandavgad is a ruined city in Presntly  located in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh, at 35 km from the Dhar city. In the 11th century, Mandu was the sub division of the Taranga-gadh or Taranga kingdom. This fortress town on a rocky outskirts about 100 km from Indore is known for its superb architecture.Places of Interest:Mandu, due to its strategic position and natural defences, was an important place with a rich and varied history. It was an important military outpost and its military past can be gauged by the circuit of the battlemented wall, which is nearly 37 km (23 mi) and is punctuated by 12 gateways. The wall encloses a large number of palaces, mosques, Jain temples of 14th century and other buildings. The oldest mosque dates from 1405; the finest is the Jama Masjid or great mosque, a notable example of Pashtun architecture. The marble domed tomb of this ruler is also magnificentSome of the notable places are:The Darwazas/Gates One of the many gateways punctuating the wall encompassing Mandu.The wall encompassing Mandu has 12 major gates or darwazas. The present road, through which Mandu is reached passes through many of these. Also encountered are smaller gateways built to provide protection to the above-mentioned 12 gates.Jahaz Mahal Jahaz Mehal/Ship Palace Situated between two artificial lakes, this two storied architectural marvel is so named as it appears as a ship floating in water. Built by Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din-Khilji, it served as a harem for the sultan. It is a major tourist attraction and presents many scenic views and photographic opportunities.
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Dongargarh

Dongargarh Dongargarh is a city and a municipality in Rajnandgaon district in the state ofChhattisgarh, India. Bamleshwari Temple on high hills is very picturesque . Dongargarh is one of the prominent pilgrim places in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh.Popular of the landmarks is Maa Bamleshwari Devi Temple on a hilltop which is 1,600 ft high. It is of great spiritual importance and a legend is associated with this shrine. Another prominent shrine in the vicinity is Chhoti Bamleshwari Temple. Sirpur Located at just about 50 km from Raipur, Sirpur is an enchanting and historically significant tourists destination of Chhattisgarh on the Kawardha - Kanker road. The ancient city of Sirpur (also called Shirpur) has been mentioned in ancient epigraphic records, dating back to the 5th to the 8th centuries A.D. The city was once the capital of the Sarbhapuriya and Somvanshi Kings of Dakshin (south) Kosala and was an important Buddhist centre. It was even visited by Hiuen Tsang, the great Chinese traveler and scholar, around 635 AD. The small but interesting town of Sirpur has many beautiful temples worth visiting on Sirpur Tour. Bilaspur Bilaspur is a city in Bilaspur District in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, situated 111 km (69 mi) north of the state capital, Raipur. It is the second-largest city (after Raipur) in the state. It is the administrative headquarters of Bilaspur District.
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Indian prospect takes responsibility of organizing an extraordinary wildlife trip to Inbound Tour Operators in India for our customers who give a dreamy and refreshing experience different from the confused normal life. With Indian overview, you can plan a round trip and travel to India to keep yourself away from all tensions as we take charge of your wonderful stay at incredible India.  Inbound Tour operators in India are the only best service providers providing all the services under one roof in the form of all all-round holiday packages. We are providing latest and well planned services including transportation services, accommodation facilities and travel services, so on. We have been came up as dedication for vacationers furnishing all luxurious holiday packages for holiday in India. Usually this kind of package comprises of transportation, tour guide, tickets, wandering and habituation. Inbound Tour Operators in India is the term that itself illustrate each and everything for an entire vacation would be accessible in the package at definite price either per head or per couple. Madhya Pradesh tourism has its high preferences in the state of Buddhist heritage, magnificent forts and palaces, scenic sunrises, exquisitely carved temples, national parks, dense forests, ancient caves&pre historic cave paintings and much more. These are some of the prominent places to be visited in Madhya Pradesh and attract the tourists and travelers from all over the world.
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Maheshwar

Maheshwar is a town in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh state. The town lies on the north bank of the Narmada River. The name Maheshwar comes from Mahesh, a name for Lord Shiva. The word Maheshwar in Hindi means abode of Lord Mahesh. Maheshwar town is built on the site of the ancient city of Somvanshya Shastrarjun Kshatriya, and was the capital of king Kartavirya Arjuna,. Maheshwar served as the capital of Rajmata Ahilya Devi Holkar, ruler of the state of Indore.Maheshwar is known for delicate cotton and silk blend handloom saris woven by its people. Maheshwar is also known for its distinctive handwoven sarees called Maheshwari exquisitely woven 'Maheshwari' sarees which were introduced into Maheshwar 250 years ago by Rani Ahilyabai. Maheshwar was a glorious city at the dawn of Indian civilization when it was Mahishmati. MandleshwarMandleshwar is located around 8.4 km away from Maheshwar and contains various attractions like Hathani, Ganga-Zira Chhappan-Dev, Dhawal-kunda, Shstradhra and Ramkund. It also houses a dam, which is constructed across the River Narmada. Ahileshwara TempleAhileshwara Temple is located on the shores of the River Narmada. This temple is home to another shrine dedicated to Lord Ram, besides its main shrine. Various carvings adorn the front side of this temple. In addition to these, this temple also exhibits several images of Maratha soldiers and elephants, which attracts many visitors to its premises. Kaleshwara TempleKaleshwara Temple lies within equipped ramparts on the northern banks of River Narmada. This temple has the deity of Lord Kaleshwar, who was considered as the destructive avatar of Lord Shiva. The Kaleshwar avatar is believed to destroy everything completely and dissolve it as it was nothing. Located on an elevated platform, this temple is red in colour and contains various spiral domes. These domes are pointed in upward direction with vertical projections. Rajaraheshwara TempleRajaraheshwara Temple is considered as the temple of eternal flame lamps or the 11 Akhand Jyoti Deepak. Located in vicinity of Ahileshwara Temple, it is one of the various Shiva temples of the town. Adorned with architectural carvings and sculptures, this temple is situated on the banks of River Narmada and the shrine also encompasses stretches of several Ghats, which offer a view of Shiva lingams and Nandi shrines. It is believed that the lamps of the temple are always lightened by flames, which are not allowed to extinguish. Moreover, various devotees offer ghee, source of lighting lamps, which is considered as the major offering in the temple. Jaleshwar TempleJaleshwar Temple is among those temples of Maheshwar, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The presiding deity is worshipped as God of Water, which is counted among the various forms of Lord Shiva. Idol of the presiding deity is in the form of Lingam and attracts various devotees. Moreover, the temple is also known for its carved overhanging balconies, architecture and its various spires. According to legend, Lord Shiva is believed to be the protector of earth from the fall of the water of River Ganga from heaven. Pandrinath TemplePandrinath Temple is counted among one of the famous temples of Maheshwar, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. As per legend, the incarnation of Lord Krishna took place on the 8th day of Sravan month. It is because of this, that Pandrinath is one of the other names of Lord Krishna. The notion of the worship of Mahavishnu in the form of Pandrinath was originated from the Vaishnava Saints and Puranas belonging to the period range from 13th to 17th century. With the help of their teachings, kirtans and poems, these saints created this form of worship. Kashi Viswanath TempleKashi Viswanath Temple is dedicated to the Jyotirlinga form of Lord Shiva and is among the renowned temples of Maheshwar. This temple was built by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of the Holkar Dynasty. As per mythology, devotees will be relieved from their pains and sorrows on the holy darshan of this Jyotirlinga. It is believed that the darshan of this Jyotirlinga is equal to the darshan of all the other Jyotirlingas in the rest of India. Peshwa, Ahilya and Fanese GhatsA flight of step lead down to the river, often crowed with pilgrims and holy men who sit here in the ferry loads of villagers who cross and recross these surging waters. Lining the blanks, too, are poignant memorials in stone to the satis of Maheshwar, who perished on the funeral pyres of their husbands. Running along the banks are countless temples dedicated to the numerous Hindu deities. Holkar FortHolkar Fort, located on the bank of River Narmada, was built in the 18th century. This monument was the residence of Queen Ahilyabai Holkar, due to which it is also known as the Queen's Fort. It also served as the administrative headquarters of the queen and has now been converted into a guesthouse. Presently, it is managed by the son of the last Maharajah of Indore, Prince Shivaji Rao Holkar. This fort displays various chhatris and a seat, where Ahilyabai used to sit. It houses a Wada Palace, which was built in 1766, and represents the architecture of the Maratha period.Best Time To Visit: October to March. How to reach there:Nearest airport is at Indore (91 km), connected with Mumbai, Delhi and Bhopal.Regular buses are available from Barwah, Khandwa, Dhar and Dhamnod.Nearest railheads are Barwaha (39 km), Indore (91 km), Khandwa and Mhow on the Western railway. 
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Pench

Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara.Pench National Park, comprising of 758 SQ Kms, out of which a core area of 299 sq km of Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park and the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and remaining 464 sq km of pench national park is the buffer area.The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Pench Tiger Reserve and its neighbourhood is the original setting of Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book.
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Jabalpur

Jabalpur often called as Sanskaardhaani is one of the major cities of india situated in the Mahakaushal region of state of Madhya Pradesh. Jabalpur is the birthplace of snooker, a historic heart of Hindi literature movement and a prominent regional education hub. It is also a major cultural-spiritual center being the birthplace of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Osho Rajneesh. Jabalpur is also famous for an eroded volcanic rock formations called Balancing Rock. These Vaishnav and Shaiva temples in Jabalpur were the first temples in India to be opened to the Harijan. Jabalpur is the major railhead nearest to Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench Tiger Resort. Jabalpur also famous for a 76 feet (23 m) high Lord Shiva statue which houses a cavern with replicas of Shivalingam from 12 important holy shrines of Lord Shiva all over the country. In the city, there is a museum which houses a fine collection of Sculptures, Inscriptions and Prehistoric Relics. Bargi Dam situated on river Narmada in Jabalpur. The Chausath-Yogini temple is situated atop a hill rock and approached by a long flight of steps. Dedicated to Lord Shiva. MADAN MAHAL FORTAn important landmark of Jabalpur, the Madan Mahal Fort was built in 1116 by the famous Gond king Madan Shah. The fort, situated on a hilly terrain to the west of the city, provides a picturesque view of the nearby areas. Madan Mahal Fort offers some enthralling views of the low-lying vistas below. Atypical of ancient forts, this edifice does not display any ornamental artwork or sculptured embellishments. Rani Durgavati Memorial and MuseumBuilt in the year 1964, to commemorate Queen Durgavati, Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum is a storehouse of various treasured relics. The museum is home to precious miscellanies like ancient sculptures and rare manuscripts. Antique idols of Gods and Goddesses that dates back to the 10th century are also preserved in the place. A section of the museum is completely set aside, to store objects and artifacts related to the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Pisan Hari Jain Temples/ Pisan Hari Ka MandirThis cluster of ancient Jain temples, believed to be nearly 150 years old, is set atop a hillock, 7 km from the city of Jabalpur. Located near the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, these temples owe their name to a poor lady. The word 'Pisan' in Hindi means 'to grind'. It is believed that the lady initiated the construction of the temples, with the money earned from milling flour. Today, the temples form a major tourist attraction of Jabalpur, mainly because of their beauty and religious connotation. Sangram Sagar and BajnamathAbout 15 km from Jabalpur are located the medieval constructions of Sangram Sagar and Bajnamath, which were built between 1480 and 1540 by the famous Gond King, Sangram Shah. Their imposing stance is worth a sight. Aquatic birds like red crested pochards, coots and pin-tailed ducks waddle in the nearby Sangram Sagar Lake and add to the attraction of the place. Chausat Yogini TemplePositioned at the top of a hill and approached by a long stairway, Chausat Yogini Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple, with its elevated location, offers some breathtaking views of the Narmada River and the marble-crowned landscape. This 10th century temple has deftly carved stone idols of Hindu deities, belonging to the Kalchuri period. According to legends, it has a secret underground passageway that links to Queen Durgavati's palace. Tilwara GhatIt is here that Mahatma Gandhi/'s ashes are said to have been immersed. It sites on the holy bank of the Narmada and was also the venue of the open session of the Tripuri Congress in 1939. An ancient Mahadev temple (Tilwadeshwar) is located here and draws many visitors to the place. Some of its nearby attractions include Mala Devi Mandir, Pariyat Tank, Bargi Dam, Lamheta Ghat and Roopnath Lingam. MALA DEVI TEMPLEThe Mala Devi Temple was built in the 12th century, and houses a beautiful image of Mala Devi or Laxmi.Best Time To Visit: October to March. How to reach there:Jabalpur is connected with regular flights from Delhi & Bhopal.Jabalpur is connected by regular bus services with Bhopal, Indore, Satna, Raipur and Nagpur among other places.Jabalpur is on the Mumbai-Howrah (via Allahabad) main line. All mail, express and passenger trains halt.
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Gwalior

  Gwalior is famous for Gwalior Fort. Gwalior is the fourth largest city of Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior owes its name to a sage of former times. According to history, the original fort of Gwalior was founded by the Bargujar Kings. Many historical places are found near the Dabra-Bhitarwar Road. Gwalior fort also has the Gurudwara Data Bandi built in the memory of the sixth Sikh Guru Har Gobind. There is a Gurdwara that was converted to a mandir of "kalli devi" and process is on to take it back by sikhs. Gwalior is a well acknowledged place of art, associated with historic as well as contemporary evidence. Culturally Gwalior is the confluence of two rich cultures Bundeli and Braj. also known as city of Music. Tansen, born in Behat, trained in music at Vrindavan, served Raja Ramchandra Waghela of Bandhawgarh, then went to Agra under the patronage of Akbar. The Gwalior Gharana is one of the oldest Khayal Gharanas and one to which most classical Indian musicians can trace the origin of their style.  Gwalior Fort It is one of the biggest forts in India and historical records state that it was built in the 8th century. Known as 'The Pearl in the Necklace of the Forts of Hind' by the Mughal Emperor Babur, the fort attracts thousands of tourists every year. The fort was constructed in two parts; the first part constitutes the main fort that was built during the early rule of the Tomaras. Apart from this, other buildings present in the fort were constructed by Raja Man Singh Tomar for his queen, Mrignayani during the 15th century. Gwalior Fort is situated on an isolated rock, offering views of entire Gwalior town. Full of medieval architecture, the fort houses a number of historic buildings including Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal cum museum, Teli-ka-Mandir Temple and many others. To highlight the importance of this fort, the Indian Postal Service has issued a postage stamp with a picture of the fort. Spread across an area of about 3 sq km, the fort was constructed at a height of 100 metres above the city. Surrounded by walls of sandstone, the fort has three temples, six palaces and number of water tanks.  Phool Bagh Phool Bagh is situated within the vicinity of Gwalior Railway Station. Constructed by late Madho Rao Scindia, Phool Bagh comprises a residential palace and a museum along with other buildings. The garden was inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1922 on his visit to Gwalior. Gwalior zoo along with a temple, a mosque and a Gurudwara are situated in the garden. Moreover, there is a Theosophical Lodge and a prayer place within the campus of Phool Bagh.   Suraj Kund Suraj Kund is a tank located in the Gwalior Fort. The kund was constructed in the 15th century though its history dates back to as early as 425 AD. Legend states that during this period a king named Suraj Sen went into the forest for hunting and was missing. The king asked for water from the sage Gwalipa, who lived in the forest. The sage asked him to climb a hill for water. The water of the tank cured his leprosy and as a token of gratitude to the sage, he constructed the Suraj tank and a temple. The local people still believe that the water in the tank has medicinal power. Beautiful surroundings and historical significance of the tank attract many devotees as well tourists every year. Hathi Pool is the main entrance of the Gwalior Fort. Also known as Hathiya Paur, the main gate offers direct entry to Man Mandir Palace, which was constructed by Man Singh. Hathi PoolPossessing a series of seven gates, Hathi Pool is the last gate of the fort. The gate received its name from the statue of a life-sized elephant, which was once made at the entrance to the gate. The huge gate built with stone on the south-east corner of the palace has cylindrical towers that are covered with cupola domes. Another belief behind the name of this gate is its huge size through which even elephants could pass. The gate can only be accessed after passing through six other gates of the fort. Besides Hathi Pool, another prominent gate used by travellers to enter the fort is the Badalgarh Gate.  Sas-Bahu Temple These temples are not dedicated to Sas (mother-in-law) and Bahu (daughter-in-law) but rather the short form of Shashtra Bahu, another name of Lord Vishnu. These temples situated adjacent to each other and the larger one is elaborately decorated with beautiful carvings and sculptures. The roof of the larger temple is adorned with a marvelous lotus carving which is very fascinating. These ancient temples display exceptional architectural brilliance and are a perfect destination for pious people.   Memorial of Tansen The Memorial of Tansen, also known as the 'Tomb of Tansen', is located in the vicinity of the tomb of Muhammad Ghaus. Surrounded by gardens, the tomb is has a typical Mughal architectural style. Buried in the tomb complex of Muhammad Ghaus, Tansen was a follower of the Sufi saint. He also learnt Hindustani classical music and several ragas from Muhammad Ghaus, his music teacher. Tansen was an exponent of the Dhrupad style and developed the Gwalior Gharana style. Apart from being a beautiful monument, the tomb also serves as a part of the living cultural heritage of Gwalior. A national level music festival is organized every year during the months of November and December at the tomb. Many emerging musicians and singers perform at the site during festivals and competitions.  Kala VithikaKala Vithika is one of the prominent museums housing ancient instruments of the great Indian masters of history. The museum also has many paintings and portraits displaying the rich culture and history of the city. Under the guidance of sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, the ancestral house of the legendary Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan has recently been converted into Sarod Ghar. Constructed by Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Memorial Trust, the museum is designed as per traditional Gwalior architecture.  Teli Ka Mandir Teli-ka-Mandir or the Oilman's Temple is situated within the Gwalior Fort. Historical evidence states that the temple was either constructed during the 8th century or 11th century. The temple is referred to as the oldest temple of the fort, which portrays a combination of South Indian and North Indian architectural styles. It is a 100 feet high temple, which has influence from both Buddhist and Hindu architectural styles. The temple was originally dedicated to Lord Vishnu but was later converted to the worship of Lord Shiva. The entrance door has a torana or archway accompanied by beautifully decorated sculpted images. These include images of romantic couples, river goddesses, flower decoration and a Garuda. The structure of Garuda is the highest monument in the fort, which can be seen from a distance.  Gujari MahalThe 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for his intrepid Gujar Queen, Mrignayani. Gujari Mahal is one of the palaces in Gwalior which has now been transformed into a museum. The palace was converted into a museum in 1922 and is known by the name of Central Archaeological Museum. Housing 28 galleries and around 6,000 artefacts, the museum is known for its collection of sculptures, coins, pottery, terracotta, paintings, inscriptions and weapons. The museum possesses antiques from the 2nd century to at least 300 years ago. It was built on demand of the queen that she needed a separate palace for herself with regular water supply. For fulfilling the same, the structure was constructed near the Rai River. The collection provides evidences that fifteen among the thirty one great singers of the country, including Tansen, learnt classical singing in this mahal. The museum is also popular for a huge collection of photographs including the Bagh Cave paintings and monuments of India.  Man Mandir PalaceMan Mandir Palace was constructed by Man Singh Tomar between the years 1486-1517. The palace was ruled by various rulers such as Kachwaha Rajputs, Qutubiddin Aibawk, the Tomaras, Mughals, Marathas, the British and the Scindias. This palace is also known as Chit Mandir or Painted Palace. It is constructed in four levels, out of which two are underground. The palace is an 80 feet high structure, which has six rounded towers with cupolas. The circular prison within the palace witnessed imprisonment and murder of Murad, who was killed by his brother Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor. Jhulagar, Kesar Kunda and Phansi Ghar are the prominent structural premises, which were used during the Mughal era. Influenced by both Hindu and medieval architecture, the exteriors of the palace are decorated with designed tiles. The chambers are decorated with carved stone walls. The interiors of the palace are designed with coloured paintings of human figures, animals and flowers and glazed tiles. Jauhar Kund Jauhar Kund is one of the prominent attractions, which is built within the Gwalior Fort. Besides palaces and temples, many tanks were built in the Gwalior Fort. The surroundings and the design of the tanks were made as per medieval architecture. For maintaining adequate water supply in the fort, the tanks were constructed near the water sources such as rivers, tributaries, water streams and lakes. Mansarovar Tal, Gangola Tal, KatoraTal, EkKhambha Tal, Rani Tal and Chedi Tal are the various tanks built within the fort. According to history, Jauhar Kund is the tank where Rajput women of the harem committed Jauhar or suicide, when the place was attacked by Iltumash. After the defeat of the King of Gwalior in 1232, the women of the region carried out mass sati or self-immolation around the tank.   Tomb of Ghous Mohammed The tomb of Ghous Mohammed is a prominent sightseeing attraction located in the old town of Hazira. Legend states that the tomb belongs to Ghous Mohammed, the Afghan prince, who later turned into a Sufi saint. According to history, the prince also helped Babur in acquiring the Gwalior Fort. Constructed in the 16th century, the tomb originally belonged to the time of Akbar. An example of Mughal architecture, the screens of the monument have been carved and developed using the pierced stone technique. The tomb has number of chhatris that are covered with blue tiles. Moreover, the walls feature intricate carvings and latticework. The Tomb of Ghous Mohammed is situated near the neighbouring tomb, which belongs to Tansen, a great composer and singer. Apart from being a prominent Sufi Shattari exponent and author, the Mohammed was also the spiritual mentor of Tansen.Dev Kho Dev Kho is located at a distance of around 16 km from Gwalior. Owing to its natural beauty, the place is a habitat of numerous species of birds and wild animals. Dev Kho is also popular for a temple of Lord Shiva, which is situated on a hillock. It can be easily reached by road with the availability of taxis from the city. Chhatris of Scindia DynastyThe Chhatris of Scindia Dynasty are one of the prominent tourist attractions and is located in the Chhatri Bazar. Possessing various chhatris of the Scindia dynasty, these are famous for their architecture and beautiful structure. Apart from others, the Chhatris of Jivaji Rao Scindia, Daulat Rao Scindia and Janko ji Rao Scindia are well known. These chhatris preserve the beauty of the medieval period and are decorated with stone carvings of elephants, horses and tigers.  Jai Vilas Mahal Jai Vilas Mahal is a huge and beautiful palace constructed in the European style. The 25 rooms of the palace have been converted into the museum. The museum is one of the largest in Madhya Pradesh and has the worlds largest chandelier and the complex reflective the mixture of the British as well as Hindu architecture.This standing Italianate structure is a combination of Tuscan and Corinthian architectural styles. Designed by Lt. Col. Sir Michael Filose, the palace was constructed by Maharaja Jivaji Rao Scindia in 1809. The palace also has historic swords, which were once worn by Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan during their ruling period. At present, some parts of the palace are occupied by the Scindia family. Gurudwara Data Bandi ChhodGurudwara Data Bandi Chhod is a memorial constructed in the memory of Guru Hargobind Sahib, the 6th Sikh Guru. History states that Guru Hargobind Sahib was imprisoned in the premises by Jehangir for over two years. During the time of release of the guru, he also wanted 52 Hindu kings, who were his fellow prisoners, to be released. Built inside the Gwalior Fort, the Gurudwara was constructed in 1970. Made up of marble and colourful stained glass exteriors, the Gurudwara is one of the significant Sikh pilgrimage sites.Sun TempleSurya Mandir, also known as Sun Temple, is the replica of the famous Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Dedicated to the Sun god, the temple is situated near the residency at Morar, and is one of the pilgrimage places in the region. The temple was constructed by G.D. Birla, the famous industrialist of India in 1988. Surya Mandir is constructed using red sand stone and white marble. The exterior of the temple is decorated with red sand stone while the interiors present a perfect white marble work. The exteriors of the temple are also decorated with numerous stone carved images depicting various Hindu gods. Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi BaiThe Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi Bai is located in the complex of Phool Bagh. Virangana Lakshmi Bai is a well known freedom fighter, who fought against the British for the freedom of the princely state, Jhansi. For paying tribute and respect to the Rani, an eight metalled tall statue of Rani Lakshmi Bai has been installed within the garden. In her honour and memory, every year a fair is organised in Gwalior on 18th June. Dargah Khwaja Kanoon Sahib Dargah Khwaja Kanoon Sahib was built in the memory of Khwaja Kanoon Sahib Nagauri. He was a resident of Marwad and arrived in Gwalior during 1481. His full name was Saiyed Saiyeeduddin Kanoon Rehmat Ullah Aleh chishtiya, which is carved on the dome of the Dargah. Known as Khwaja Kanoon, Hazrat Khwaja Kanoon Sahib died in 940 Hijri, the Islamic Calendar. It is believed that visiting the Dargah for regularly 40 days fulfils all the desires.  Best Time To Visit: October to March. How to reach there:Gwalior is connected with regular flights from Delhi & Bhopal.Gwalior is connected by regular bus service with Agra, Mathura, Jaipur, Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bhopal, Chanderi, Indore, Jhansi, Khajuraho, Rewa, Jabalpur, Ujjain and Shivpuri.Gwalior is on the Central Railway's main Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai lines. Among other major trains, the Shatabdi and the Taj Express connect Gwalior with Delhi and Agra daily.+ 
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