Travelog: View of Sunrise from the Top of Gwalior Fort
21 Dec 2016
Out of boredom from watching films and no mood to sleep, here we were at the Col of Gwalior fort having coffee to make ourselves warm before our short trek to watch the sunrise.
Gwalior is a major city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and one of the Counter-magnet cities. Located 319 kilometers south of Delhi (approx 5hrs), the capital city of India, Gwalior occupies a strategic location in the Gird region of India.
Gwalior Fort is an 8th-century hill fort near Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, central India. The fort consists of a defensive structure and two main palaces, Gujari Mahal and Man Mandir, built by Man Singh Tomar.
The fort and its premises are well maintained and house many historic monuments including palaces, temples and water tanks. There are also a number of palaces (mahal) including the Man mandir,the Gujari, the Jahangir, the Karan, and the Shah Jahan.
We knew the sun would rise not before 6:45 AM during winter. After trekking steeply for about 2 kms, we finally reached the top of the fort and to my surprise I saw people engaged in Yoga and Meditation. It was freezing and people here were walking in tracks doing exercise.
The Guruduwar at the fort top, Gurdwara Data Bandi Chorh Sahib is associated with the imprisonment of Guru Har Gobind Sahib in Gwalior Fort and his celebrated release in which he managed to win the freedom of 52 Rajas (Kings) who had long suffered imprisonment in the Fort. Pilgrims from all over the country visit this Gurdwara to pay homage to Guru Har Gobind.
Rules to enter the Gurdwara:
You can leave your foot wear at the racks kept at the entrance. Both the men and women are supposed to cover their heads. For men there is a kerchief kind of cloth kept at the entrance which has to be tied at the head to cover the hair fully and for women, they are expected to cover with their shawls.
Not to miss:
If you visit the Gurdwara anywhere in India, don’t forget to visit the Gurdwara’s kitchen where you can get 24*7 prasaad and also to experience the humble character of Shikhs.
We got down the fort after our visit to Gurdwara around 9 AM. Gwalior marked a nice start to my circuit trip where I covered Gwalior, Chandigarh, Manali, Shimla and Delhi.