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Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh Travel Guide

Gwalior located in central part of India has always been center of many of the famous north Indian Kingdoms. It lies about 125Km. south of Agra and 425Km. north of Bhopal. In 8Th century BC Tomaras were the rulers here after many changes the rule passed on to the Mughals then Marathas, lakshmi Bai of Jhansi, Tatiya Tope and the British. Gwalior is the fourth largest city in Madhya Pradesh and is generally referred to as the tourism capital of the state. It has many educational institutes like Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management, Scindia School, Madhya Institute of Technology and Science, Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education. There are six Universities in Gwalior, Jiwaji University, Maharaja Maan Singh Tomar Music and Arts University, Rajmata Vijyaraje Scindia Agricultural University, Amity University, ITM University and Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education (Deemed University).

Gwalior has a sub tropical climate; it has hot summers from end of March to mid July, The wet monsoon starts from June end to mid October and dry winter from early November to February end. The temperature ranges from 5 Degrees in winter to about 42 Degrees in summers. Average annual rainfall is about 950mm. Gwalior is linked to all major cities of India through three modes of transports roads, Rails and air. Railways play a prominent role in linking Gwalior throughout the country. Gwalior is located in the Allahabad zone of North Central railways division of Indian Railways. Both Narrow and broad gauge railways operate in Gwalior.

The city is well connected to cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Kanpur, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Amritsar, Trivandrum, Jammu and Lucknow. By road Gwalior is linked to major cities of the state as well as the country. The Bombay Agra national highway (NH3) passes through the city. North South corridor of the Golden Quadrilateral Highway passes through Gwalior. Gwalior has air connectivity to Mumbai, Delhi, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Indore, and Jabalpur. It is an Indian Air Force Base which holds Mirage Bomber aircrafts.

Gwalior city is very well connected by Rail, Road and Air to most of the important towns and cities of the country. Gwalior lies in the Allahabad division of the North Central Railway zone of Indian Railways. It has both Broad gauge as well as Narrow gauge railway tracks. It has been awarded with most clean infrastructure award in the years 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992. It is directly linked with major stations including 4 metro stations in all the four directions in India. By roads it is connected to major cities as it falls on the Mumbai-Agra National highway (NH3), NH 75 also passes through the city. Proposed North-South-Corridor of Golden Quadrilateral Highway also passes through the city. Gwalior airport provides links to Bhopal, Mumbai, Delhi, Jabalpur and Indore cities. Gwalior stations Indian Air Force Base which holds the Mirage Bombers.

In the center of Gwalior city Gwalior Fort is located on an isolated steep rock. The fort has some Chinese motifs which highlights the Chinese influence on Indian Architecture. Mughal Emperor Babur described Gwalior fort as the Pearl in the Necklace of forts of India. Close to the fort is the Jai Vilas Palace (palace of maharaja of Scindia) which has been designed on the pattern of palace of Versailles. Being located in the vicinity of Agra, Khajuraho and Delhi also gives Gwalior an added benefit for tourism. In the Entertainment world Gwalior has many multiplexes and FM Radio stations. Healthcare is available through well defined infrastructures in the city. Physical education and sports education is available in standardized pattern here.

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