Steeped in the splendour of its past, the ancient capital of Gwalior has yet made a successful transition into a modern Indian city, vibrant and bustling. A multitude of reigning dynasties, of the great Rajput clans of the Pratiharas, Kacchwahas and Tomars have left indelible etchings of their rule in this city of palaces, temples and monuments.
Gwalior's tradition as a royal capital continued until the formation of present day India, with the ScIndias having their dynastic seat here. The magnificent mementoes of a glorious past have been preserved with care, giving Gwalior an appeal unique and timeless.
This, then, is Gwalior : where a rich cultural tradition has been interwoven into the fabric of modern life. Where a princely past lives on in great palaces and their museums. Where a multitude of images merge and mix to present to the visitor a city of enduring greatness.
Gwalior's history is traced back to a legend: in 8 A.D. , a chieftain called Suraj Sen was stricken by a deadly disease. He was cured by a hermitsaint, Gwalipa, and in gratitude founded a city which he named after the saint who had given him the gift of a new life.
The new city of Gwalior became, over the centuries, the cradle of great dynasties and with each, the city gained new dimensions from warrior kings, poets, musicians and saints, contributing 10 making it a capital renowned throughout the country. Today , Gwalior is a modern Indian city, vibrant and bustling.