The earliest historical record found at Gwalior is the Gwalior inscription of the Alchon Hun ruler Mihirakula.
It describes Mihirakula's father Toramana (493-515) as "a ruler of [the earth], of great merit, who was renowned by the name of the glorious Tôramâna; by whom, through (his) heroism that was specially characterized by truthfulness, the earth was governed with justice", and his Mihirakula as "the lord of the earth" as of 520 AD.
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.
She died fighting, and Gwalior was free from rebels.