Gwalior Mela -Gwalior trade fair Wikipedia
Gwalior Trade Fair is a large trade fair in Madhya Pradesh, in Northern India. It was started 1905 by king of Gwalior Maharaj Madho Rao.
Covering a huge 104 acres (0.42 km2) and divided into several ‘blocks’ and ‘sectors’, the Mela (mela is an Hindi word for fair) Ground at Race Course Road is rightly known as the Pragati Maidan of Madhya Pradesh, India. The Gwalior Trade Fair Authority, an autonomous body to look after the administration of this internationally recognized Fair, was formed which is now responsible for the whole administration of the Trade Fair.
The major attractions of the fair include hasya kavi sammelan (poets gathering), kavvali Dangals, Mushairas, Cultural Evenings, Music Nights and several other special activities well organized and are integral part of the Mela.
The cattle trade fair is still an integral part of the Gwalior Trade fair with about 10,000 animals being sold or bought.
About Gwalior Mela
With the history of 105 years, Gwalior Trade Fair is held at vast and modern fair complex spread over 104 acres. 5000 pavilions and shops provide ready-to use structures for show room and exhibitions. The fair complex has an independent power sub-station, water system, hospital, police station, banks and other modern facilities. Recently the GTFA has set up a state of art Export Facilitation centre in the fair complex.
The city boasts of its Grant Anual Event-GWALIOR TRADE FAIR, orgnized by Gwalior Trade Fair Authority a nodal agency of Govt. Of Madhya Pradesh. The event which is a rare and captivating confluence of glorious tredition, culture,tourism and trade with a footfall in excess of 10 milion spread over a period of round a month.
Steeped in the splendor of its past, the ancient capital of Gwalior has yet made a successful transition into a modern Indian city, vibrant and bustling. It’s legendary beginning stems from a meeting between a warrior called Suraj Sen and a hermit, Gwalipa, who lived on the hilltop where the fort stands. Over the centuries, Gwalior became a city of immense importance and was a continual scene of intrigue and clashes with neighboring powers. It’s strategic location was patronized by many mighty rulers, making it the birthplace of many dynasties, each leaving its own indelible mark over the city.
Gwalior occupies a strategic location in the Gird region of India, and the city and its fortress have served as the center of several of historic northern Indian kingdoms. That the location of the city still is considered militarily important is signalled by the presence of a major airforce base at Maharajpura.
The fort city of Gwalior is situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on the main New Delhi-Mumbai and New Delhi-Chennai rail link. It is around 321 km from Delhi. The city extends between latitude 26’14’ in the north to longitude 78’10’ in the east.
The Fort – For over 100 years this fort has been over looking the city of Gwalior. One of the most invincible forts in India, this imposing citadel has changed many hands but has rarely been captured.
Jai Vilas Palace – Built in 1809, this palace is located in new city of Gwalior. It is house of the present Maharaja of Gwalior.
Tomb of Tansen – Father of Indian classical music and one of the nine Gems in Akbar’s court is buried in Gwalior. The memorial of this great singer carriers a very simple tone in itself and is surrounded by gardens on its sides. This monument is a part of Gwalior’s cultural heritage. Every year a music festival is organised here. The festival is held in November / December and attracts singers and musicians from all over India.
Masoleum of Ghaus Mohammed – Ghaus Mohammed, whose sand stone mausoleums is laid in the old town of Hazira, was a Afghan Prince turned sufi saint who had helped Babur towin the Gwalior fort. His mausoleum is designed on early Mughal architectural lines. Particularly exquisite are the screens using pierced stone technique. The carvings on these screens are as delicate as lace.
Sun Temple – This newly constructed temple is based on the lines of the Konark temple. It is located near the Residency at Morar.