Travel guide to Madhya Pradesh will take you to the excavations sites in Gwalior in India. Extensive excavations are carried out in Kherat, Kakanmadh and Pataoli places around Gwalior and many ancient monuments have been discovered from the site. A place you should not miss.

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Excavation Sites in Gwalior

Excavation Sites in Gwalior fast facts

  • Type- excavation sites

  • Located- Gwalior

  • State- Madhya Pradesh

  • Timings- Open from sunrise to sunset

  • Fees- There is fee only for visitors to Ater Fort, the fees are as follows

Citizens of India Rs 5 per head

For Foreign citizens fee is Rs 100 per head

(No entry fee for children up to 15 years of age).

  • Climate- Humid and subtropical

  • Major attractions-Gwalior fort and Gujari Mahal

  • Best time to visit- Winter season (as the summers are extremely harsh)

Ater, Kherat, Kakanmadh Forms the Excavations Site

Ater Fort- Ater fort is located in the deep ravines of Chambal. This fort in its decrepit state is a under the care of the Archeological Society of India (ASI) Bhopal circle. Situated at a distance of 110 km from Gwalior this fort was built by king of Bhadauria Badan Singh, Maha Singh and Bakhat Singh around 1664 to 1668. The place is Badhwar after the rulers who built the fort. The main attractions of the fort are ‘Khooni Darwaza’, ‘Badan Singh Ka Mahal’, ‘Hathiapor’, ‘Raja ka Bangla’, ‘Rani Ka Bangla’ and ‘Barah Khamba Mahal’. The ASI circle of the region has assimilated all possible efforts towards the protection of the restoration of the monument. The other archeological sites around the fort include the three temple nearby that is the Shankar Mandir, Sati Mandir and Chamunda Mandir.

Kherat- Another important site of the excavations of the region is Kherat. This region lies 6 km from Ater Fort along an uneven stretch of motor able road. However the ride can be extremely bumpy. The last leg of the journey to Kherat which takes roughly up to 30 minutes has to be done on foot as there is a ravine. This site too is under the care of Archeological Society of India. An important monument in the region is Durga temple. This temple is a 10th century brick structure was known for the Navgraha Murti (representation of nine planets).However this idol was has been since 1986.

Kakanmadh- One line best describes the monument, “destruction and time didn’t bring it down”. It is an excavation site and is also under the aegis of the Archaeological Society of India. The 11th century temple is presently in disrepair but has willingly stood the test of time and age. The temple stands at roughly 100 km from Ater. The journey to Kakanmadh is roughly 100 km from Ater. While visiting any of these sites it is advisable to take bottles of mineral water and snacks along.

Must-See Museums- Apart from the above-mentioned Gujari Mahal, Archaeological Museum and the Jai Vilas Museum, there are two more museums worth visiting. The Municipal Corporation Museum, Moti Mahal Road, has a collection of armory and also documents the natural history of the region. The Municipal Corporation Museum is open from 1000-1630; and is closed Monday. The Kala Vithika, MP Kala Parishad, has a fantastic collection of modern art. Open 0900-1700; closed Sunday. There are no admission charges.

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