Solo Trip, why? Well, I am an avid traveler by choice. My parents don’t like to travel and hence I don’t have much travel stories from childhood. Neither is my sister fond of travelling and exploring as much as I do. Making travel plans with friends does happen but does not necessarily fructify at the right time. Few ditch. Few friends do come along but that is becoming a rarity these days. Or maybe I am not fortunate enough. And being bitten by the travel bug, I just can’t restrict my instincts to travel, explore and enjoy experiences even if it means solo. For me, life is all about living it up come what may. Being a solo Indian female backpacker/traveler is a bit uncommon, though it is gradually picking up. And yes, somebody did inspire me to go ahead and go solo. That’s my friend, Anumeha. Now, why did I choose Rajasthan for a solo trip? Well, my probation period of 6 months was about to complete. And I would be finally eligible to take leaves. So, I decided to do a trip. But then, at the same time, my friend and ex-colleague, Mohit was getting married in Jodhpur. And so I decided to explore Rajasthan, it being the month of November and winter would have comfortably set in the desert. As usual, I asked few friends who would be interested in tripping along but there were no hits. So, I went ahead and booked my return tickets. And, thus, it became a solo sojourn :).
Well, I am a planner by nature. But this time, the enthusiasm had drooped to extremely low levels, don’t know why. And perhaps, I wanted to just go with the flow and explore the city around. So, I had just booked my onward and return tickets for the trip without even having asked boss about leaves :P (I did ask for it though when it was about time!). So, this was a brief background of my travel plan. Well, I have a habit of talking about actual things by first describing the context that led to the situation. So, you’ll have to bear with it. However, there was a little bit of planning involved too. I had managed to do few hotel bookings and inter-city bus travel (Not that lazy also :P). And when the dates came closer, the demonetization happened. Oh, what an unexpected event! What a mess it could create for travelers and tourists specifically. I had to queue up at ATM’s to collect as much cash as possible. I had not disclosed to my family folks that I am travelling alone. But yeah, you must inform your folks. I did too but with a bit of manipulation.