of Gwalior became a major regional power in the second half of the 18th century and figured prominently in the three Anglo-Maratha Wars.(Gwalior first fell to the British in 1780.) The Scindias held significant power over many of the Rajput states, and conquered the state of Ajmer.Suraj Sen later built a palace inside the fort, which was named "Gwalior" after the sage, and eventually the city that grew around the fort took the same name.
Raja Man Singh made his dream palace, the Maan Mandir Palace which is now a centre of tourist attraction at Gwalior Fort.
Babur described it as "the pearl in the necklace of forts of India and not even the winds could touch its masts".
Gwalior's metropolitan area includes Gwalior city centre, Morar Cantonment, Gwalior was one of the major sites of rebellion during the 1857 uprising.
Post-independence, Gwalior has emerged as an important tourist attraction in central India while many industries and administrative offices came up within the city.
Besides being the administrative headquarters of Gwalior district and Gwalior division, Gwalior has many administrative offices of the Chambal division of northern Madhya Pradesh.
Several administrative and judicial organisations, commissions and boards have their state and national headquarters situated in the city.) is a major and the northern-most city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and one of the Counter-magnet cities.Located 319 kilometres (198 mi) south of Delhi, the capital city of India, Gwalior occupies a strategic location in the Gird region of India.Suraj Sen, a prince of the gurjar-pratihar clan of the eighth century, is said to have lost his way in the forest.On a secluded hill, he met an old man, the sage Gwalipa, whose influence almost took him by surprise.The daily Light and Sound Show organised there tells about the history of the Gwalior Fort and Man Mandir Palace.