Legend tells that Suraj Sen Kachwaha, chieftain of the nearby Silhonia village was on a hunting trip. He came upon the hermit, Gwalipa (Galava Rishi) who gave the chieftain healing water from the Surajkund reservoir. In gratitude for the healing of leprosy, the chieftain founded Gwalior, naming it after Gwalipa. The earliest record of the fort is 525 AD where it is mentioned in an inscription in the temple of the Hun, emperor, Mihirakula (510 AD). Near the fort is an 875 AD Chaturbhuj temple associated with Telika Mandir.
Gwalior Fort is an 8th-century hill fort within the Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh (Central India). The fort consists of a defensive structure and two main palaces “Gurjari Mahal & Man Mandir” built by Man Singh Tomar. The fort has been ruled by a number of different rulers in its history. The Gurjari Mahal palace was built for Queen Mrignayani by Raja Mansingh. It is now state archaeological museum.
The Pal dynasty of 86 kings ruled for 989 years. It began with Suraj Pal and concluded with Budha Pal. Budha Pal's son was Tej Karan (1127 - 1128). Gwalipa prophesied that the Pal dynasty would continue while the patronym, Pal was kept.
The Man Mandir palace was built by the King of Tomar Dynasty - Maharaja Man Singh.
Gurjari Mahal was built by Raja Man Singh for his wife Mrignayani, a Guar princess.
The Telika Mandir (the oilman’s temple or oil pressers' temple) is a Brahmanical sanctuary built in the 8th (or perhaps the 11th century) and was refurbished between 1881 and 1883. Saas-bahu temple- In 1093, the Pal Kachawaha rulers built two temples to Vishnu. The temples are pyramidal in shape, built of red sandstone with several stories of beams and pillars but no arches.
Local Food and Cuisine of Gwalior
Gwalior's cuisine like its architecture, heritage and culture is rich and colorful. Gwalior is famous for its vegetarian food and one finds numerous options here. This area is known for its elaborate breakfast consisting of kachoris, Samosas, Poha and bedai Among the local Madhya Pradesh cuisine, do try the kebabs, bhutte ki kees, Dal Bafla, Jalebi, Imarti, Rogan josh, mawa-bati and Malpua as well as traditional sweets such as the Morena Gajak. Other than the traditional delicacies one also finds a number of fast food joints, quickly becoming a rather popular part of the city's platter.