Giving up?

Hi everyone!

Hope you are doing great. Ah! I know, it has been ages I wrote my thoughts here. So let me explain what I have been doing since last year, since the time this blog went dormant.

I decided last August(2016) ,that I need to do something about my life, maybe study again or change job. I decided on the first one. I started preparing for the same, and that involved studying for GRE and IELTS. Till December, I was fully engrossed in it. From January onwards, my college applications took most of my time. If anyone of you has gone through it, hats off to you! It is so cumbersome. This continued till June,along with various other formalities.

If you have been following me on Instagram, then you would know, I have been taking Deutsch lessons as well and it is still going on. It is a tough language, and I need it for my life over there in Germany. Yep! I said it. I will be soon shifting to Germany for my Masters studies and will be spending a long time over there.

With so much going on in my life, I try posting mini reviews on my Instagram account. So that’s where you can find your answers. I am active there and its much easier to handle it. Once I reach there, I will post mini reviews on German beauty brands as well.  😉

So the answer to the title, “Am I giving up my blog? “, is NO. I will be continuing the same work, through my Instagram account, and this blog domain, will remain active for my occasional travelogues.

Wish me luck! I am scared a little for venturing outside my beloved India. :-\

Take care lovelies :-*


Deutchland Reisebericht(Germany travelogue)


Wie geht es Ihnen? ( Gosh! I remember from my German class)

This is another chapter from my Europe tour.If you haven’t already gone through my earlier travel posts,I will link them below.

London Diaries

Amsterdam travelogue

After an amazing Amsterdam experience,it was time for Germany.All of us have heard its famous for its beer and Oktoberfest.But there’s more to it.It is immensely strong in its technological frontiers as well.

We boarded our coach in the morning from our Amsterdam hotel to visit Cologne cathedral situated amidst bustling lanes of Cologne.

Now,I know,obviously your mind will wander off towards,” Is the Eau De Cologne invented here? “

To answer that,bear with me and go through the rest of the beauty this city has.Cologne is notable for its Gothic architecture.The familiar arches and tall cathedrals will mesmerize you for sure.

And one such cathedral is the famous Cologne cathedral.It is the most visited site in Cologne and is dear to the native people.You literally have to strain your neck to photograph it in its mighty glory.It contains the bones of 3 wise men or 3 kings which is gilded into elaborate golden sarcophagus.It is a must visit sight if you want to be spellbound.

After taking in all the wonder this cathedral has to offer,we went around  in the nearby market.Now let’s come to your question.Eau de cologne as you may have heard,was developed by the Farina family of Italy. In 1803 Wilhelm Mülhens was granted to use the Farina family name and opened a cologne shop.Later on,it was denied and then,the house no. through which the cologne was sold,was used to brand the cologne name.Any guesses? 😉 It is none other than 4711. We did buy vials and a perfume from their official store in the same market adjoining the cathedral.

Next we went for River Rhine cruise along which the city of cologne thrives.It was an hour long cruise which took us through serene waters.It was indeed a peaceful cruise.We all sat on the deck,soaking up the Sun.It has a bar as well and I tried the famous beer Kölsch. It was amazingly having a sweet tinge to it.We could see lot of castles and medieval rest houses on the hills,which is the touristy part of this cruise.

On deboarding it,our coach took us to Heidelberg to get a feel of past European life.You can easily spend a day roaming aimlessly on the streets. 😀

If you see the pictures above,  there is a mouse and a monkey.Monkey symbolizes that neither the city-dwellers nor the outsiders are better than each other and that they should look over their shoulder to remeber this while crossing the bridge.It is believed that if you touch the fingers of the Bridge Monkey it would ensure your return to Heidelberg, touch the mirror for wealth and touching the mice will ensure fertility.I didn’t touch the mice ofcourse. 😀

Next day,we drove to Black forest.I guess the tasty blackforest cake derives its origins from this part of Germany.Black forest is home to fir trees and an apt fairytale setting.Also,it is an abode to Cuckoo clocks.Worldfamous Cuckoo clocks!All of us had,atleast once in their lifetime,have possesed this clock or seen it somewhere. We watched a demonstration on how its made .We did empty our pocket as well .:-P We bought a battery operated clock as its convenient.There’s a shop called Drubba.They have 3 stores in there.The one which comes first,will fit your budget.Drubba family is the oldest family which is continuing this clock business.Hope my history is correct.

We had free time to ourselves to stroll the streets.We bought some souvenirs.Personally,I would love to visit Germany once again,as I feel I havent even touched 1 % of their things to see.

Shopping tip:When in cologne,we saw that there’s a ‘Deutch Markt’ just up ahead in the market ,which is like a drustore.They also have Eau De Cologne 4711,which is sold at cheaper prices.I feel it’s best to buy from there.We already bought our stuff from the official store,so couldn’t do much.

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Amsterdam travelogue


Sometime back,I shared my London travelogue with you.If you haven’t read it,click here.This travelogue follows my trip from London.

Overnight the ferry,we were treated to a luxurious dinner and bedding arrangement.We were lucky to get the port side room. Our cruise ship,named Stena line covered the journey from Harwich port to Hook of Holland .It departed from Harwich at 23:00 and reached Holland at 8 AM.You can know about its fare and details on this site


Ferry room-That’s our room!

Our coach was waiting for us,and drove straight to Keukenhof,the land of Tulips.On the way,the windmills greeted us.You could literally see them everywhere.Amsterdam is known for its windmills,tulips,the wooden shoes and dairy,apart from the more modern form of occupation. 😛


Keukenhof is a synonym of paradise(according to me).Your eyes will have the opportunity to absorb varied hues of tulips ranging from canary yellow to mysterious violet.The keukenhof garden was teaming with tourists from all the countries.It has many entry points and you could easily get lost in there.The garden representatives provide you with a ticket and a map to find your way through it.The entry gate,through which we were told to go,had a fountain and a traditional Dutch musical instrument.It was playing some traditional tunes which I actually liked.It was in sync with the surroundings.


Music instrument at the entrance of Keukenhof

We were moving forward towards the old windmill situated in the garden.It was still working!We climbed it up and saw the infinite tulip beds in red,yellow and God knows what all colors they are.We were told Tulips were being harvested since May beginning,so we might not see the grand tulip scene.Anyway,we were contented by what we saw.

 On climbing down,we found a wooden shoe and I knew,I have to get my picture taken with it. I am a child, I guess.


The famous wooden shoe

The garden is very big,and you can easily spend a day in there.We had one hour slot with us and came back to our coach to take us to Amsterdam city.Amsterdam city is full of canals.Our canal cruise was for an hour,which took us through important canals housing important buildings.The cruise was a small boat which had inbuilt audio system .It described the history of Amsterdam and about its buildings while the cruiseboat took us through narrow canals.After the cruise ended,we were taken to Dam square.


Various cruise boats

 Dam square– the real heart of Amsterdam, where the Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk and the War Memorial overlooks the vast and bustling open space. When we were there,some sort of mini carnival was going on with electro music in the background.You know right,Amsterdam influenced lot of musicians. Adjacent to it,for an hour,we roamed the shops.I had to get my Gouda cheese which was for 8 Euros.Souvenir shops were interesting.You could literally see sex toys lined up in the aisles near the souvenirs.Imagine my horror,when my parents were buying souvenirs from there. 😀


Dam square

I also bought Stroopwafels,Holland’s traditional biscuit/cookie. I got the caramel variant as that was devoid of any nutty factor.From there,the coach took us to Madurodam. All throughout the year, it is open,where you can see most of Holland in miniature, replicated in minute detail on a 1:25 scale.Remember the doll houses? It is like that.The entire city of Holland is built in there.

Their language,Dutch is officially spoken there,but you can easily get by if English is the foreign language.

I wish I had more time in Amsterdam.It is amazing for its nightlife as well,but looks like,I will have to come with my besties next time. 😉

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9 Things To Avoid When Traveling As A Couple

In most cases you will find it getting sour when you travel with your partner. This is due to lack of knowledge on the things you are supposed to avoid. The following 9 things to avoid will be discussed deeply to help you enjoy as a couple. In the presence of misunderstanding, no partner can enjoy considering that the surrounding is new and also the people around are not familiar. I believe that when you decide to travel as a couple, all you want is to enjoy the best you can therefore; the following will be of great help.


The following are 9 things that you need to avoid when traveling as a couple

  1. Don’t Stop Communicating

 Communication is always one major key to a successful love and relationship. Therefore, you have to avoid any mood swings that can come your way that can make you feel dumb. Being dumb will make your partner feel unwanted and will ruin the mood for the holiday. Communication will make you know what your partner is thinking, feeling and where he/ she want to go next. Be open to your partner which will make the whole trip enjoyable and make you enjoy traveling the more. Once you speak out, you will encourage your partner to speak out too.

 2. Do Not Argue About Money

 This entails planning before you travel by budgeting and ensuring that you have enough money. This must be a surplus since when you encounter a deficit; it will raise arguments leading to lack of joy in the trip. Check for travel ideas through internet whereby you will able to identify cheaper and enjoyable places. To avoid these arguments completely do not carry liquid cash since it is so tempting making you to be extravagant unknowingly. The plan on money should entail even when you return from your trip this will help both of you to be alert when spending. Without plan and budgeting, you can come back and realize you have no cash to buy even supper.

 3. Do Not Divide Travel Responsibilities

 Working together helps you to increase your love and understanding for one another. Sharing responsibilities will drive both of you apart making the other party feel used since some responsibilities may be demanding than others. A good relationship entails unity which strengthens the bond you create. Working together helps to avoid stress and also ensure nothing has gone astray.

 4. Avoid Making Complains

 Being a whiner makes your partner think that you are not enjoying the trip. Some people like complaining about the weather, distance, environment which becomes boring to your partner. Try to make your complains in a positive way and consider your partner too.

 5. Do Not Go in the Neighborhood

 Traveling to the neighboring estates or towns is not enjoyable and can never create a trip attitude. Research before you travel and you will be glad to find travel ideas that are more enjoyable and serene than your neighborhood. You will have freedom; encounter new things that you never knew existed.

 6. Do Not Act Possessive to Your Man or Lady

 This happens to both parties when your man compliments another female do not start getting mad at him. Just remember he came with you and it’s you he loves the other lady is just a total stranger. For the male give your lady an allowance to have the freedom of appreciating another man. This will help your relationship become stronger since no one will feel insecure.

 7. Do Not Isolate Yourselves

 Most couples think that when they travel alone is the best idea. This can only be enjoyable during the honeymoon and the first 3 trips to allow you know each other best. Your relationship needs to grow therefore, you require joining other couples as they travel and you will learn new things that you didn’t know. Isolating yourself can also be boring since you might not know other important places couples travel to which are more enjoyable and educative.

 8. Avoid Spending Every Second Together

 Do not be together all the time which does not mean you are avoiding your partner. Being in a relationship does not mean you deny yourself self-love. Do what you love most at least two hours the go back to your partner. It is boring when you cling to your partner all the time.

 9. Do Not Expect All Couples Travel to Be Romantic All Time

You may think that being alone with your partner means being always romantic. That is not the case since it also becomes boring. Make your trip enjoyable by doing different things such as swimming, playing badminton among other things that you don’t find time while at home.


With all the above 9 aspects, you will be able to enjoy your trips and make out so much more as a couple. Being a couple does not mean you become selfish or act less concerned, you need to be wise and act as required.


 Author Bio

Vaileria Dennis is a Health and Beauty expert, having 10 years of experience in Beauty industry and providing healthy living tips. She is also passionate about fitness, women’s issues and more. In recent  years, she has had an opportunity to learn about Food and Nutrition. She always excited to share her ideas related to beauty tips, healthy food recipes, and diet plans. Join Vaileria on Twitter, Facebook and G+



London Diaries

Heya folks!

Just last week,I landed in New Delhi,with so much knowledge ,history and culture,I decided its worth sharing with you my travel experience.I am not that travel blogger who writes 5 ornamental words at a stretch in a sentence to describe how the food tastes like to how the place looks. 😛 I am rather a blogger who will tell what to see in a location,food to try and what to buy.Simple and straight forward!bear with me….:-D I am dividing my tour in small parts.Today I will be sharing my London tour.

I had a 18 days/17 nights Europe tour which involved visiting the prominent locations only.This was a highlight tour so if you want a detailed country tour,its best to go on your own.I traveled with my family in a group tour.All our hotel stays,coaches,air tickets and cruises alongwith food was organized by our travel company Thomas Cook.

Our flight was with Etihad Airways which is known for its hospitality and I am not complaining. 😀 After approximately 10 hours flight,London welcomed us.

Day 1– Since we reached around 3 PM in London,it was a resting day for people who are jetlagged.We decided to go for a walk after dumping our luggage in the hotel.I stay in India,so there is a drastic landscape change when we go abroad.The air we breathed,is definitely fresh and cool.It was refreshing actually.We just strolled the streets,clicked the double decker buses which is prominent in Europe and couldn’t help noticing Indians who are staying there.Yes! our people can be seen everywhere in London from the Visa desk to shopowner.

It was a wonderful evening .Families came out in the parks to relax.While in Delhi,its hot as hell but entire Europe is on the cooler side with temparatures ranging between 4-21 degree Celsius everywhere.We headed back to the hotel,from where the tour manager took us for dinner at a restaurant and then we were off to sleep in our rooms.We were staying in St. Giles,near the airport whose room rent started from 45 pounds.

Day 2-We woke up early around 6 AM as we had loads of places to cover.We had a coach for our group which took us around London and stayed with us for entire 2 days. We visited the famous Swaminarayan temple made from Italian Carrara marble.It is a Hindu temple with intricate designs done from the marble and gold.Since we were an Indian group,so we were shown that.After that we had a guided city tour covering London’s landmarks : the Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, the Big Ben,Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, River Thames and many more.We were lucky enough to watch the changing of guards infront the Buckingham palace where the new shift and old shift of guards change their places to guard the palace for next 24 hours.The guards wore the obvious red garb which we have heard of.Trafalgar square has gone for a revamped look.Most of the old pictures or in movies,you may have seen flock of pigeons in the square but now for cleanliness and hygiene,people have been stopped from feeding them and so the pigeons have stopped coming.It is more of a square with a large fountain in the middle.

In the evening we were given some shopping time on the famous Oxford street.You can look up anywhere,and each travel book or site will tell you it’s a shopping haven.Budget shoppers can find their stuff in Primark.It is a huge store and you will see Londoners and tourists jostling for space.Very good quality stuff at cheap prices.Its a family shopping place.For women,you would be interested in Boots.I had my list with me and being a beautyblogger as well,I was bound to shop there.

Next we headed to guided tour of the world famous Wimbledon museum, a dream for every Tennis lover.It is a 1 hour tour where they show you the tennis courts,their untouchable grass (really!) and their trophies from the past.

Day 3– Who can miss the reknowned Madame Tussaud’s wax museum?Once you enter,its  like a real red carpet.Glitzy attires adorned the celebrities and you can get yourself clicked with your fav celeb.It has a taxi ride,which is an indoor ride.It takes you through various phases of London history-the great London fire,the kings and queens and so on.Lastly,they have a 4D movie with Marvel heroes.I was eagerly waiting for something else.I had come out of it earlier,and on my wishlist was the Sherlock Holmes museum.

There is a statue of him on Baker street and museum dedicated to him.I was delighted to find it as it wasn’t in our itenary and I so much longed to see it.It has a shop with souvenirs and the museum is upstairs.

We ended our Day 3 with a ride on London Eye and a 4D movie associated with it.It is a 30 min ride and is a must.It is a wonderful observatory through which you can see the entire panorama of London.On our way to catch our ferry,we had a chance with the London bridge or Kensington bridge.The iconic arch and the structure welcomed us and we couldn’t help but sing along the nursery rhymes that reminded us of London bridge.


Kensington bridge

Our next stop was in DJ world or let’s say the XXX world of Amsterdam.We had boarded a ferry/cruise from the UK port to reach the next day.There’s more to Amsterdam seriously.To read about my journey in Amsterdam,please wait for another week.Enough for today I guess. 😛

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Travel essentials-Tips and tricks


A girl needs to have her entire vanity with her always. Yep! It’s true but not practical. 😛 I travel every year, or at least I try to. Not that I go for those Instagram picturesque locales but yes, definitely, wander about here & there with my parents. Me and my parents, share the same travel bug and try to cover places mostly during summers.

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Travel light has been my main aim. So when I went to Gwalior last month, I had packed all the essentials strictly and no wonder, my trolley felt so light. 😀 So here are my tips to travel safely and lightly.

  1. Carry samples or travel sizes of skincare.I specifically bought 2 thermal spring water bottles in 50 ml for this purpose,one by Avene and another by Vichy.It acts as a toner,soothing water and calms the skin after sun exposure.I also took samples with me sent to me from different brands for review.Otherwise also,you can ask for small sizes in any store or from these brands.
  2. Also have small water bottle.No matter what,have it with you while travelling within or outside India.If you are lucky,you can find water bottles easily in India but that gives rise to added travel costs or plastic pollution.Fill them at your hotel beforehand. Abroad,you have water taps everywhere,so you can fill your bottle easily or fill them at your hotel also.
  3. Carry your emergency medical kit everywhere.It should be small in size and should only contain emergency medicines like for fever,flu,cuts,heartattack( yes! There is a medicine for this too which if taken during the attack gives more time for you to survive on the way to hospital.Consult your doctor for this.),indigestion etc.I have a simple plastic box in which I literally throw all the medicines I know I require while travelling.
  4. Travel light.I know,while travelling,you love showing yourself off.You want to flaunt those dresses and coats.Trust me! You will regret this until unless you have a porter with you.I always go with the worst case scenario and pack clothes which can be worn in many ways.Stoles can do wonders as in headwrap,protection from Sun,accessory etc. Maxi skirts can be worn as skirts as well as tops. 😉 Boots protect you from cold and can also be worn with floral dresses.Backpacks look trendy with every attire so does satchel.I carry a messenger bag with me which can accommodate small bottle,lipbalm and handcream,an umbrella and obviously wallet.If you have a party,then you can pack a separate dress ,purse and shoes.
  5. Always tag your bags with your name,address and contact number.Many times during transfer flights,you reach your destination but find your baggage is still stuck in the previous inbetween airport.Happened with my Dad who reached London,only to find that his bag is at Dubai airport.His flight was from New Delhi-London via Dubai.His baggage reached at his hotel safe and sound.
  6. Carry extra batteries or powerbanks for your electronics.You know why. 😉
  7. Carry an adapter for charging while travelling abroad,You never know what type of plug-socket system lies in the hotel.We usually find that out from before and pack the adapters.
  8. Now comes the makeup. 😉 I carry only 1 brush set which has all my face-eye brushes and a makeup sponge.Real techniques already provides its brushes in a bag style in which you can put extra 4 brushes as well. Carry neutral eyeshadow palette instead of glitters and other palettes.You can use it for everyday or create smokey eye for that glam night.I take a nude and red lipstick with me as these 2 are sufficient.Eyebrow pencils are better always.Takes less space.1 foundation and 1 compact are good to go.
  9. Haircare needs your shampoo and conditioner.That should do it.
  10. Roll your clothes instead of layering.Gives more space to fit your shopping stuffs. 😀
  11. Tickets and cash.Anything else? 😛

I will be travelling and by the time this post comes up,I will be somewhere else.I  thought to share my travel style with you. Hope this benefits you all. To know where I am going, follow me on Instagram .It is more of a surprise to me and to you all. Maybe if time permits,I can meet you too. 😉

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Gwalior travelogue

Heya girlies!

Firstly! This is my first travelogue.So please bear with me if you find something amiss. :-\ Do share your views and healthy criticisms below for me to improve.  🙂

Last weekend,I had visited Gwalior,a historical place in Madhya Pradesh,India.It was an impromptu plan and we set foot for the unknown.Don’t worry,nothing dramatic happened. 😛

If you are an Indian,you may not have heard what this state stores for the tourists.If you are someone from abroad,I guess you may have heard. That’s what usually happens with mass media. 😀

My travelogue will have where to stay and its review,places to visit,myths about that place,transportation and weather report.We had 3 days/2 nights trip starting from Saturday .

Weather and terrain-Gwalior is more of a dry region.Rainfall is scanty here and best time to visit is from Sep-Mar.It gets hot and sunny during the day which you can see from the repeated attempts of covering myself with the stole in the pictures attached here. 😛 Summers are a big no-no to go.Even in March,it gets hot,but it is still bearable.If you are a model or a photographer,you can actually have those quirky photos where the model is wearing a long dressy something in front those rough terrains.;-) March is more of an off-season so we got discounts in our shopping and stay.

Stay-Thanks to,we found a hotel of our liking but booked through phone as the hotel people give more discounts compared to websites.We stayed at Hotel Grace,just 5 minutes away from the Railway station.It is on the main road and you can easily get autos or shared autos from there.The hotel people provide complementary pick-n-drop facility from the railway station.Also ,they provide their own taxi for your Gwalior tour which we found cheaper compared to the tourism taxis.We had opted for AC deluxe room,but got upgraded for free as the deluxe rooms were not vacant. 😀 They give complementary drinks on arrival,fruits with every breakfast and water bottle on leaving.Very humble and courteous hotel staff.They also adjusted for our last day stay of 7 hours  as our train was at 8pm and hotel checkout-checkin timing is around noon.We were shifted to normal AC room on that day ,which was also good.If you are someone who loves chic interiors,this may turn you off.But based on the rates,you can’t hope much.However,the normal AC room came with a balcony unlike the AC executive room we stayed in.The washrooms in both the rooms are small,but are neat and hygienic.Rooms are huge and kept clean.The executive room came with classy interiors and small fridge.Service is fast and to the point.Food is also good.Taste and quantity is amazing.If you have opted for room with breakfast ,then do ask for the breakfast menu,as we had forgotten to do so,and only remembered on the second day of our stay.You can tell them to add less spices according to your preference.Since there is no in-house restaurant,they provide free room food service.All the above are said according to the off-season,as I think peak seasons are best to judge a hotel’s service.They have positive ratings though everywhere on the websites.We did get discounts in the hotel room rent and the taxi we took from them was of nominal price charge.

How to reach and transportation-We stay in Delhi NCR,so we had 3 options on how to reach Gwalior.There is a direct flight from New Delhi and the buses ply from Noida to Gwalior.You can drive your car ,no worries.Based on price and time,train service is best.It takes 3 hours from New Delhi Railway station to reach Gwalior.We travelled by Shatabdi express, which is renowned for its short travels, speediness and its food service.Bhopal is the last station for this train and in between we have our Agra,the abode to the mesmerizing Taj Mahal and Mathura,Lord Krishna’s playground.Shatabdi express runs in the morning at 6 AM and in the night from Gwalior,it leaves at 7:45 PM.Breakfast served was okayish as the fries seemed like they were microwaved.The bread was raw and came with butter and cutlet.We had vegetarian dishes on the train both times.Tea served was good.Dinner on the same express was better than the breakfast.Alongwith the Indian bread,we had a mixed dal and sabzi made from cottage cheese.Rice had to be there along with our lip-smacking pickle.Curd was fresh and the ice-cream served was simple vanilla.Overall-we enjoyed the dinner more.You can opt for city tours with Madhya Pradesh tourism department from the Gwalior station kiosk itself.We did that when we reached there.They have these open buses which take you around the city and its gems.We left in the tour bus at 11 AM and had our tour end at 4PM.


The tour buses are cheapest but they are on first-come-first – serve basis.The tours are charged at INR 200 per head.Damn cheap!But their taxis are costly.The local autos also ply to the touring spots,but will leave you much farther away from the actual monument/fort.Best decision is to take the tour bus or private taxi.You can find all sorts of available transportation from the station.

Places to visit-Gwalior is rich in history and royalty.You may not have even heard of it,but it’s a hidden treasure.There are 10 must-see places over there which can be covered easily in a day.Out of them,7 are worth seeing.They have immense architectural designs and history.We took guides at many places to know about the spot.

  • Gwalior fort-The fort glistened during dusk and hues of blue tiles added the perfect contrast to the golden fort.At first site,it looks amazing.Remnants of the blue tiles of the forts add a different kind of beauty to the vacant fort.You can easily get lost if you are alone,so its best to take a guide with you.Mind you! You will find those couples who fight for privacy in the nook  and cranny of these monuments. 😛


  • Sas Bahu temple- It has 2 temples and is just 5 minutes away from the Gwalior fort.In Indian terms,it means ‘Mother-in-Law and Daughter –in-Law’ literally but the name is a short form for Shastra Bahu.The temples  are actually devoted to Lord Vishnu. The temples don’t have any idols in them.Infact all the temples in Gwalior city have no idols as Aurangzeb,the Mughal ruler took away all signs of Hinduism from these temples and plundered them.He defaced the idols from the wall carvings as well .:-( If you want to see the most intricate designs possible,go there at once.Women forms at various stages of life are carved on the hard stone bringing them to life.You can literally make out story from them.The temple premises offer a panoramic view of the Gwalior city so all you shutterbugs will be pleased definitely.


  • Gopachal Parvat- On the way to the Gwalior fort and Sas-Bahu temple,they can be seen easily on the hill sides,literally. I loved them so much that I couldn’t stop myself from taking pictures at every angle.Even though Hinduism was prominent in Gwalior,but you see the shadows of  Jainism there once you see this carved beauty.


  • Teli ka Mandir- It is once again located near the fort.The guide described it as honeymoon temple. 😀 The kings used to wed there and spent 10 days locked up afterwards in the bedroom made in the above portion of the temple.Now,if you go,you will see an empty monument from inside.
  • Mausoleums of Mohammed Ghaus & Tansen- Tansen was the poet/singer,who can make it rain or influence Mother Nature in ways you can never imagine in your life,with nothing,but his voice and songs.His resting abode can be found in this complex.He is laid near his Guru , Mohammed Ghaus,who tutored him to become the great Tansen we know,from the Emperor Akbar’s courtyard.The Mausoleums are in state of neglect,I don’t know why,as people can be seen sleeping in the monuments and littering.


  • Gujari Mahal Archaeological Museum-What I heard from the guide was that,the king had married a woman from Gurjar caste who couldn’t live the luxurious pompous life of the kings and queens,so she made the king build her a palace of her own liking and had a water pipeline laid,all the way from her hometown to her palace as she will drink water from that town only.That’s some attitude! You rock woman! 😉 The palace has been turned into a museum which houses artifacts and idols from the King’s era.A guide is very much needed here as only then,you can understand the history.The museum needs tickets to enter.
  • I have kept the most royal one for the last.It is Jai Vilas palace museum.The palace is the most aristocratic and houses amazing historical artifacts .It belongs to the Scindia family/Scindia dynasty.It is well maintained.The Obamas have been here.What more can I say.The Scindias do come often to stay.The palace is open to hosting marriages or functions but will cost you a bomb.What the Scindias wore,ate from,their furniture,recreation items,temple etc ,everything can be learnt from this museum.This also needs tickets and they have a souvenir shop.

The other tourist spots are Gurudwara,Surajkund,Samadhi of Rani Lakshmi Bai and Sun temple.You  will like them too,but the richness lies in the places I told you above.

  • Next day,we embarked on the tour for outskirts  of Gwalior.We took the hotel car and it took 5-6 hours to cover all the 3 places.The journey cut through villages and the roads are usually devoid of major traffic.First came Padavli.It is actually Lord Shiva’s temple,which was converted to fort later on and was destroyed by the Mughals.Only the inscriptions remain on the walls of the temple which showcases various Hindu deities and their stories.I wonder how the people made this possible at that time. :-O


  • It was followed by Bateshwar group of Lord Shiva temples.Indeed,there are so many temples,that you will lose count.It is in the state of restoration though and the Archaeological dept. of India,has successfully brought the temples to their earlier glory.Each temple bears the Shivling .The temple complex has 1 bathing Kund( water reservoir used for bathing for sacred ceremonies thereafter) which has natural source of water , as in the water never dries up.


  • We were looking forward to the Mitavli trip as we had heard that our Parliament building has been inspired from this very Gwalior monument.Atop the hill,we could see a cylindrical structure from a distance.We had to climb steep slopes to reach our destination and there we go.Indeed,when you enter the premises,you can grasp why the Parliament looks similar.It is also a Lord Shiva temple in cylindrical form.The periphery has small Shivlings and in the centre,one huge Shivling rests in a dome like structure.People do come to pray here even today.

Famous Gwalior items-After having a tiring first day,we ended our tour with shopping.Gwalior will attract ladies for its silk and cotton saris.Chanderi saris and Maheshwari saris are native to Gwalior.My mother bought Maheshwari sari and 2 suit sets from the govt. run store called Mrignaynee,named after the Gurjari queen.There was a sale going on due to off-season.

I read on the sites that Gwalior is amazing for leather goods.Such a disappointment.They don’t have anything special in leather goods.Infact the natives themselves told us Gwalior is known only for the saris and Gajak.I couldn’t find the famous snack/samosa wala over there as featured on Instagram accounts.I bought home a box of Gajak,a sweet biscuit like snack made from sugar,sesame seeds,nuts and other sweetening/dry fruit agent.

As I was sitting on my return train,I reminisced the stories I heard of the kings and queens and what if,I had been born at that time.

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