November 2, 2011

Getaway to Gwalior

Everyone has his/ her ways to enjoy the gift called "LIFE". Some prefer hanging out with friends, some like discotheques and some prefer travelling to distinct locations to seek enjoyment. Apart from enjoyment, travelling is an ideal way to recharge your energy stocks.

I too fall in the latter category and I honestly believe that you need not going to Bahamas or Paris to seek rejuvenation: "just look around yourself, pack your bags and start". Here lies the advantage India. India is such a diverse country that if you try to explore, you can go to any city/ town or village I am sure you would not be disappointed. This I believed during my trip to Gwalior. 

This was my 2nd trip to Gwalior. First visit was too hectic and I got chances to click the pictures only during the drive. So this time I kept some time for exploration, as Gwalior has a rich heritage and legacy. This city has been a witness to numerous curves of the India history.

So guys fasten your seat belts and lets vroom...to an enriching journey to Gwalior. 

Since the petrol prices have gone skyrocketing, so I too opted for our National transporter. You guess it right ...Indian Railways. There are numerous trains at all times during the day and it takes only 5 hours to reach Gwalior from New Delhi. During the trip you can enjoy photography from the moving train.

Being the time of monsoons, this was the time to witness "Chambal Valley" in a new water soaked manifestation. Rains have changed the all round appearance of the Valley (chambal valley during winters). 


How beautiful was my valley, guys wait for a second, there was the river Chambal itself, with its all overwhelming beauty to leave you astonished.
Next day was fully reserved for the sight seeing in and around Gwalior. As I always say every trip is different, this time I got a Bike to move around the city.
The first spot in the line was the "Tighra Dam". Tighra Dam was constructed in year 1917 and is 23 kms away from the Gwalior City, in stone masonry in lime mortar.
The road is in good shape and there are some adjoining hills too. The surrounding hills and landscapes are pretty ordinary, however slowly drizzling rains had turned the ordinary drive into an extra ordinary. Try biking in the rains, it's amazing. 
While biking in the rains I have forgotten that I was not keeping well for sometime. Road to Tighra and the rains have fully rejuvenated me and all of a sudden I was not tired anymore.
It did not took us much time to reach the dam. Tighra dam is an artificial reservoir of water and it has been nicely developed as a picnic spot too. No surprises it is crowded at all the times. 

You can take a dip in the waters...
If you are a speed enthusiast, you have the option of driving around in a motorboat...

However if speed scares you, than roam around in a pedal boat:

The place is small, but it can drench you with oceanic feel. So guys no need to go to Indian Ocean or Bay of Bengal.
After relaxing for a couple of hours we again started for our next target, "Gwalior Fort"

                                                 Gwalior Fort                                                         

Built in 15th century AD the Gwalior Fort has been described as Pearl in the necklace of India Forts by various rulers and inavders too. Being one of the largest forts in India it has long been respected as the pride of the rich Indian heritage. Sheer size, colossal manifestaion and grand architecture of this fort will surely enhance the pride quotient for the glorious past of our country.



Apart from the visible sprawling structures, there are also 7 stories which are below the ground. These 7 stories palace which are under the ground are known as "Bhool Bhulaiya". All the walkways, stairs and rooms are alike. Treading alone and without a guide, you are definitely going to lose the way. Moreover there is no lighting inside, in order to preserve the original character of the fort. so follow the instructions. 


Once being a stunning display of craftsmanship and the grandeur of the Scindia Empire, now  the palace is totally helpless against these inhabiting "BATS". Rightly said - every BAT has its day - they are having a bull run by being the official residents of this grand palace. See closely, the roof is covered by the bats:




There is always an other side to the coin. Which was once the pride of this region, is now counting its last breaths and appears to be totally helpless and lonely in its fight for survival.

It hurts and pains at the same time. We are at fault for ignoring the masterpieces received from our ancestors.
Much is required from government and everyone else who is visiting this fort to keep it alive so that future generations don't miss out a handshake with our glorious past.

Being one of the older cities in India, Gwalior is surely a shopping delight too. Gwalior cuisine will surely delight you - don't forget to try Kachaudi (locally called as Bedain), Laddu, variety of snacks and Ghewar (घेवर) - all are finger licking yummy.

It was almost night till we enjoyed in the city. As usual, next day I returned back with bagful of sweets and lots of sweet memories...



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6 comments:

  1. Another feather being added to your travelling cap.Amazed,how do u find time to accomdate these trips.iam more intersted about food and their culture of the place.do add in the next blog.
    when are you planning for the other side(south side).........its a complete different country altogether.

    Happy Journey

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  2. Cool Pics,
    Now I came to know very thing about Gwalior, and also trying to make a trip there. Specially Gwalior Fort. seems very intresting. Thanks for this precious information and keep updating me about your trips.

    Thanks
    Shail

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  4. Since i belong to Gwalior its a great place with rich culture....famous for Gwalior ki kachauri, bhadurao ke laddu.
    Sindhi's celebrate here the exquisite Jhulelal festival, wherein the main market "Bara" is decorated.
    U have portrayed gwalior in a good way, but u have missed some places, like Sun Temple, Gwalior Palace "Jai Vilas Palace" . Cover them in your next trip... N keep on traveling......

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  5. wonderful virtual tour for me

    nicely captured photos

    thanks

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  6. I thank you all for taking time to post on my blog article. Thanks Pooja for the information about Gwalior. I will have to plan another trip to Gwalior to check the Gwalior palace.

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