Gwalior Travel Itineraries

If you enjoy and appreciate India’s heritage and are visiting Gwalior, here are other heritage destinations in the vicinity you should visit as well. These are in Madhya Pradesh as well as in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh.

Gwalior travel itineraries Photo by: amit sen

2 DAY ITINERARY (GWALIOR):

Day 1 in Gwalior: Gwalior Fort Complex

First, visit Gopachal Parvat located on the south entrance of Gwalior Fort and explore its famous Jain rock-cut sculptures . Next, head into the 10th Century Gwalior Fort and explore the many palaces, temples and monuments within its walls. Gwalior Fort is one of India’s largest forts and its imposing sandstone walls and bastions are visible from many parts of the city.  Exploring the fort will take a few hours and if you’ve worked up an appetite along the way, the MP Tourism restaurant on site is a good place to grab a bite to eat. You can also spend time at the Archaeological Museum and if you are around towards the evening, stick around to watch an open air sound and light show at Man Singh Palace within Gwalior Fort. 

Day 2 in Gwalior:

After breakfast,  visit the Mohammed Gaus Tomb as well as the Memorial Of Tansen. Tansen was  a noted composer, singer and musician – and one of Mughal ruler Akbar’s “Navratnas” – who spent his early years in Gwalior learning music and honing his craft. He had an oversized influence on Hindustani classical music.

The Royal residence of Scindia’s,  the Jai Vilas Palace is located a few kilometres away from Tansen’s Tomb. This palace is privately-managed and has many interesting quirks and curiosities including a motorised train that transports wine around a royal dining table. After lunch, head to Sarod Garh Museum which promotes Indian classical music, heritage and culture and then make a quick visit to a 300 year old temple – the Jain Swarn Mandir. 

3 DAY ITINERARY (GWALIOR, BATESHWAR, AGRA):

Day 1 in Gwalior: Gwalior Fort Complex

First, visit Gopachal Parvat located on the south entrance of Gwalior Fort and explore its famous Jain rock-cut sculptures . Next, head into the 10th Century Gwalior Fort and explore the many palaces, temples and monuments within its walls. Gwalior Fort is one of India’s largest forts and its imposing sandstone walls and bastions are visible from many parts of the city.  Exploring the fort will take a few hours and if you’ve worked up an appetite along the way, the MP Tourism restaurant on site is a good place to grab a bite to eat. You can also spend time at the Archaeological Museum and if you are around towards the evening, stick around to watch an open air sound and light show at Man Singh Palace within Gwalior Fort. 

Day 2 in Gwalior, Bateshwar and Agra:

After breakfast,  spend an hour at the Memorial Of Tansen. Tansen was  a noted composer, singer and musician – and one of Mughal ruler Akbar’s “Navratnas” – who spent his early years in Gwalior learning music and honing his craft. He had an oversized influence on Hindustani classical music.

The Royal residence of Scindia’s,  the Jai Vilas Palace is located a few kilometres away from Tansen’s Tomb. This palace is privately-managed and has many interesting quirks and curiosities including a motorised train that transports wine around a royal dining table. This palace is definitely worthy of a visit on your trip to Gwalior. 

After lunch, head to the Bateshwar Hindu temples by road. They are located 35 kms outside of Gwalior on the road towards Agra and are a vast series of Hindu temples some of which date back to the 8th century. These temples are dedicated to the Hindu gods – Shiva, Vishnu and Shakti and are located in the Chambal River Valley ravines.

Finally proceed to Agra – home to the world’s most famous symbol of love – the Taj Mahal.  But leave that for Day 3. Cap your day watching the Sound and Light Show at Diwan-e-am at Agra Fort.

Day 3: Agra

Spend a few hours at The Taj Mahal  – the finest monument built by the Mughals and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You won’t be alone – tourists from across India and the world will be giving you company. If time permites, prooceed to Fathepur Sikri(35kms away) and explore the gigantic Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal and JodhaBai Palace.  Agra is well-connected to Delhi via road and rail. 

3 DAY ITINERARY (GWALIOR, DATIA, ORCHHA):

Day 1: Gwalior Excursion

First, visit Gopachal Parvat located on the south entrance of Gwalior Fort and explore its famous Jain rock-cut sculptures . Next, head into the 10th Century Gwalior Fort and explore the many palaces, temples and monuments within its walls. Gwalior Fort is one of India’s largest forts and its imposing sandstone walls and bastions are visible from many parts of the city.  Exploring the fort will take a few hours and if you’ve worked up an appetite along the way, the MP Tourism restaurant on site is a good place to grab a bite to eat. You can also spend time at the Archaeological Museum and if you are around towards the evening, stick around to watch an open air sound and light show at Man Singh Palace within Gwalior Fort.

Do also stop by the Royal residence of Scindias,  the Jai Vilas Palace which is located a few kilometres away from Gwalior Fort. This palace is privately-managed and has many interesting quirks and curiosities including a motorised train that transports wine around a royal dining table. This palace is definitely worthy of a visit on your trip to Gwalior. 

Day 2: Datia- Orchha

After breakfast, travel to Datia (70 kms from Gwalior) to visit the marvellous 17th century 7 – storey Datia palace. And then proceed to Orchha.   Orchha is 50kms away from Datia and is a town that has it all – an imposing fort, a wildlife sanctuary, a series of Chattris (cenotaphs) and a fast-flowing river Betwa. Cap your day Watch the Sound and Light show at the Orchha Fort Complex 

Day 3: Orchha

Orchha Fort

There is a lot to see and do in Orchha – Spend a few hours walking around the palaces within the Orchha Fort Complex and then visit the Cenotaphs and Chhatris. Orchha is a small town and all the sites of heritage significance are within walking distance of each other.  Read more here.

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