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The most magnificent monument of Gwalior; the hilltop fort overlooks the city. The fort is above 300 feet high and is about three kilometers(1.86 Miles) in length and 600 to 3000 feet wide from East to West.
Raja Mansingh Tomar built it in 15th century. The fort can be approached from two sides, on the eastern side is Gwalior Gate which leads pedestrian path while on the western side is Urvai Gate which is the motorable way.
The fort wall which encircles almost the entire hill is about 10 meters high. A steep road goes upward to the fort, flanked by statues of the Jain Tirthakaras, carved into the rock face. One of the most invincible forts in the entire History of India, this "pearl in the necklace of the castles of Hind" has changed many hands but has rarely been captured.
The northern end has Jhangiri Palace, Shah Jahan Palace, Karna Mahal, Vikram Mahal and Jal Johar Kund. Jahangiri and Shah Jahan Palaces are predominantly Muslim in their architectural styles, these are two-storied each with large audience chambers. Karna Mahal was the palace of maternal uncle of most famous king of Gwalior Raja Man Singh. Palace of prince Vikram, Vikram Mahal had a small Vishnu temple in it.
In the same area is the Jal Jauhar kund or the tank used for Jauhar (mass immolation undertaken by the ladies) which took place when Iltutmish the slave king of Delhi besieged the fort and defeated the Parihar ruler. A cenotaph nearby is of Maharajah Bhim Singh Rana (1757-1785), the Jat chief of Gohad.
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Suraj Kund within the Fort walls, the original pond where Suraj Sen, or Suraj Pal as he was later known, was cured by the Saint Gwalipa.
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