Gwalior was founded in the 8th century by the chieftain Suraj Sen and named by him after the hermit saint Gwalipa. A succession of Pratiharas, Kachwahas and Tomars have left a legacy of wonderful palaces, temples and monuments.

The town is defined by the spectacular Gwalior fort, a brilliant specimen of medieval architecture.

A short drive from Gwalior are the Cenotaphs at Shivpuri and a fascinating complex of 77 Jain temples at Sonagiri


Cenotaphs at Shivpuri

Gwalior Fort

Jai Vilas Palace

The abode of the Scindias, built from 1872 to 1874. The grand Durbar hall is one of the finest in the world; it is painted with gold leaves, hung with wonderful chandeliers and decorated with enormous mirrors.

Sonagiri Temples

Sonagiri is about 60 Km from Gwalior and has a fascinating complex of 77 Jain temples built on a hill-side. The collection of intricately carved temples from the 9th and 10th century sacred to the Digambar Jains and is still an important site of religious pilgrimage.


Discover the wonderful variety of places to stay in India; including some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, intimate boutique hotels bursting with local character, charming homestays where you’ll have a chance to interact with local families, converted forts & palaces, fabulous lodges and heritage havelis.

Jehan Numa Palace

Jehan Numa Retreat


Below are a selection of our favourite sample itineraries that we have created based on our experiences of travelling extensively throughout India. As with all our tours, every aspect can be tailor-made to your individual requirements.

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