Photographer's Note

The magnificent outer walls of the Gwalior Fort still stand, three Km in length and 35 feet high, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible forts of India. The Gwalior city is dominated by this hill-top fort as it rises 100 metres above from the city. The massive Fort, popularly called Gibraltar of India & lit up the morning winter light, overlooks the city which can be seen through the haze in the BG. The great Mughal Emperor Babur reputedly described it as, "The pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind".

Gwalior, established in 8th century A.D has been named after Saint Gwalipa, a hermit who had cured Suraj Sen, the king of Gwalior, of leprosy, by offering him water from the Suraj Kund or the Sun Tank located within the Gwalior fort. The walls that encircle almost the entire hilltop, are 10 metres high and solid. Within the fort are six palaces, three temples, several water tanks and cisterns as well as the prestigious Scindhia school.

We had in the previous evening watched the superbly mounted Son-et-Lumiere here, which started at 6.30 in the evening. We heard about a multitude of reigning dynasties, of the great Rajput clans of the Pratiharas, Kacchwahas and Tomars who have left indelible etchings of their rule in this city of palaces, temples and monuments.

A closer look of the Fort façade in the Workshop. The outer wall is richly studded with blue, green and yellow tile work creating patterns of animals, birds, trees and flowers. This wall faces a cliff side, interrupted by the large rounded bastions.

This is my last post for about a fortnight. I am off to my home town for Durga Puja, a festival which is very close to the all Bengali hearts. In case you’re interested, you may take a look at my theme on the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata. Till then I wish all of you in TE the very best. Take care!

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