From Delhi I traveled on to Gwalior, a city most known perhaps for its gargantuan ancient fort and the prestigious Scindia School located within it. Thanks to off-season rates, I was able to stay at the Usha Kiran Palace Hotel, which is housed in the guest house of one of the palaces of the local Scindia dynasty that founded and gave its name to the school. A lovely historic building, it is set amongst elegant and peaceful grounds.
The walk to the front entrance
A small temple set amidst the gardens
One of the courtyards, with rose petals in the fountain
The front garden as seen from above
A somewhat incongruous art deco wall fountain on one of the roof terraces
A small orchard of various Citrus species and jamun (Syzygium cumini) in one of courtyards at the back
A tiny courtyard with a tiny tulsi or holy basil plant (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
There were also ring-necked parakeets (Psittacula krameri) flitting between the trees and I occasionally heard the screech of a peacock, though I never actually saw it in the grounds.