Where We Be
Gwalior Fort is also known as the Painted Fort for its colorful decorations
Gwalior Fort, India
Gwalior Fort is the one big tourist attraction in
Gwalior, but every other tourist we saw there was
Indian except for us. The medieval fort is perched
majestically on top of a 2-mile-long plateau
over-looking Gwalior. We had a steep climb up to
the top, passing through several stone gates and a
Hindu shrine along the way.

The highlight of the fort is the Man Singh Palace,
built around 1500, which has two lovely courtyards
inside with beautiful stone carvings and geometric
patterns. Smaller rooms jut off the main courtyards
but are mostly dark, and some are bat-filled. A
warren of rooms extends underground for two
stories, reachable by iron ladder, but these are
utterly dark and would have required a guide (not
to mention a complete lack of claustrophobia).

Along the outer palace walls are whimsical mosaic
tiles of yellow ducks, blue elephants, and green
tigers and crocodiles. This was my favorite feature
of the fort. After all, who puts yellow ducks on the
outside of their fortress?
Lovely geometric wall carving in one of the palace courtyards
My beautiful wife in a beautiful archway
We visited in the late afternoon when the slanting sunlight brought out the rich colors of the fort
Dragon-like carving in palace courtyard
Baby elephants "kissing" mama elephants
Inner courtyard wall in soft afternoon sunlight
Archway photo op
Decorative door arch
We especially liked the geometric designs in the courtyards
Brilliant colors and geometric designs make the visit to Gwalior Fort worth the trip
This row of waddling ducks was our favorite feature of the fort. Who puts yellow ducks on a fort?!
Two elephants in blue crown the top of the wall. (Did you notice how the blue of the fortress color-coordinates with our website?)
Robin stands in a "pagoda" just inside the entrance gate to the fort
It was a long, steady walk uphill to the fort, which is perched on a cliff above Gwalior
These are the imposing outer walls of the fort
Taking a break at the small 9th-century Hindu temple on the way up