Gwalior is a city which is very well known for its hilltop fort. There are a number of places in the city which attract a number of tourists every year. The important places are Jai Vilas Palace, Scindia Museum. The Tansen Music Festival attracts a large number of national and international artists from all over the country. The festival is named after the great musician Tansen of Mughal times. Gwalior has had a long history.
The city is named after a hermit called as Gwalipa who cured King Surajsen’s leprosy using the holy water of Surajkund tank which was in Gwalior fort. He was renamed himself as Suhan Pal and it was decided that the coming generations would adopt the surname Pal. 83 generations followed that but 84th changed his name to Tej Karan and lost his kingdom. Gwalior fort has been the center of all the clashes that took place in the state. After 200 years of Mughal rule, Marathas took away the possession. During the British rule, the fort was passed on to the Scindia family and remained with them for long time.