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‘The pearl amongst the fortresses of India’ or so it was lovingly described by the Mughal Emperor Babur, Gwalior is a medieval masterpiece. Falling under the rule of several kingdoms over the years, from the Tomars to the Mughals; the Marathas to the Scindias, this hilltop fort displays its colourful history with pride. Our pick of the best places to stay in Gwalior provide both luxury and character and are perfect bases for wider exploring.
Just 319km from Delhi, it makes for an interesting stop over en-route to the sights and nature reserves of Madhya Pradesh. For the best weather and a more forgiving climate opt to visit between the months of October and March.
As well as a walk around Gwalior Fort a visit to Jai Vilas Palace built in 1874 by Maharaja Jayajirao is a lesson in unrestrained luxury.
Our guru's selection of the best places to stay in Gwalior are very busy during high season. So get organised and book ahead.
For boutique charm
- It may be a hotel group but each of Neemrana’s historic properties is more individual then the next. Dating back to the 17th century their Deo Bagh property is one of our favourites.
For palatial luxury
- Dating back to the Scindia dynasty Taj’s Usha Kiran Palace reflects the antiquity and extravagance of this age. With an inviting pool, spa and fine dining it is a superb stay.
Still not sure which to book? From historic to luxurious browse through our list of the best places to stay in Gwalior to start to plan your trip. For a wider choice, check out all our recommendations in Madhya Pradesh, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Gwalior
Usha Kiran Palace 15 rooms from $143Gwalior (Lashkar)
Oozing 120 years of tradition: this heritage hotel sits in nine acres of lawns and grandeur. High ceilings, stone carvings and spacious rooms with all the mod-cons of a Taj Group hotel. Silver Spoon restaurant is worth a try. The perfect palace to call home while exploring.Cooking classes - Ask at reception to learn more about the avaliable classes.5* Luxury - A Taj Palace Hotel with all the expected luxuaries.Sights nearby - Man Singh Palace is a must see while in Gwalior.Full of character - Draped in history of former centuries.
Neemrana’s Deo Bagh 12 rooms from $65Gwalior (Agra-Mumbai Highway, Bahodapur)
Deo Bagh rests in historical surroundings of 17th Century temples and Mughal architecture. The three suites and 12 spacious rooms are charming and minimal in decor. Step outside the relaxing grounds and explore Gwalior's historical landscape. Step back in time at Deo Bagh to truly discover Gwalior.Sights nearby - Gwalior Fort, a handful of temples: one notably a converted former British coffee house.Great walks - Whether up to the fort, to the gate or around town.Local markets - Walk in the Gwalior lanes and see the local marketsRemote - A calm gardenscape.