On 21st morning, I woke up early to take in the soothing vibe of the sunrise. The bells were ringing at a distant temple and prayers were being chanted. I got ready early and trekked up to Karni Mata Mandir, a renowned temple which will soon become a tirth stan in times to come. Being holi, the ropeway was closed. It took me 45 minutes uphill and 30 mins to trek back.On my way to the town the holi celebrations had already begun. I was joyously bathed in colour from head to toe and I enjoyed every bit of it. Tourists and locals celebrated holi at the Jagdish temple and the architecture here is simply amazing. Playing holi in front of Lord Krishna was a beautiful experience. I'd never imagined I would get to do this one day. People on the streets are friendly but in crowds men do try to grope women and women are advised to stay within their group. But the overall experience was good.In the evening we went to Fateh Sagar lake for a boat ride. After that we walked around the lake, chatting and munching on snacks, taking pictures and enjoying the good weather. The locals come here regularly for a walk and it is quite a stretch.That night we returned to the Ambrai ghat to take in the City Palace and Lake Pichola on a full moon night. The intensity of some experiences never leave you and the sunset and full moon experiences here are among my favourite.
Moving on, once the 4 hours inside city palace was over we went to our next destination, Jagdish Temple.
We started with Jagdish Temple today. The temple has Indo- Aryan architectural which is impressive. The wall carvings and elephant sculptures are magnificent.
Jagdish TempleThe owner of Zostel, as always gave me a valuable advice to go and see the Jagdish Temple which was at stone throws distance from Zostle. I took his advice, the Temple was an iconic place to see. The Bhajans (any song with religious theme or spiritual ideas) being sung by the worshipers gave the place an aura to remember. I took blessing of the God to have a safe ride back home and I left the temple. For lunch I was again advised by the owner to have a meal at Annapoorna bhojnalay.Journey back to Gandhinagar 240 kmsAfter that I waited till the time was right around 2:30 PM cause if I had left at 1 PM I would have been roasted in the heat on the highway. I filled up bike to brim and hit the road. I was able to leave the sub urbs of Udaipur by 3 PM and the initial one and half hour was tough due to heat but the plan to leave late came to my rescue as the shadows got longer, the ferocity of heat also dipped.