Padharo Mhare Desh (पधारो म्हारे देश)

23rd Jan 2021
Photo of Padharo Mhare Desh (पधारो म्हारे देश) by Abhay Agarwal
Photo of Padharo Mhare Desh (पधारो म्हारे देश) 1/1 by Abhay Agarwal

Travelling is the best investment one can make in their life. Over the time, travelling has evolved on many fronts. Previously, most of the time, it was carried out by few or particularly for essential purposes. Today, it has become a mainstream multi-billion dollar industry providing employment to millions of people. These days there are a lot of different accommodation options you can choose from depending on your budget. You can either stay in shared dormitories, tent-houses, couch-surf,stay at someone's home or if you have a bit of money in your pockets, maybe splurge on villas and luxury resorts. These options started booming more recently in the last two decades, whereas previously tourists had to resort to either hotels and charitable dharamshalas.

Even though things have changed, one aspect remains constant and that is travelling gives you different perspectives, new ideas, motivations and inspirations for life. Famous poet Mirza Ghalib rightly said,

"sair kar duniyā kī ġhālib zindagānī phir kahāñ

zindagī gar kuchh rahī to ye javānī phir kahāñ"

I believe, "The more you see the outside world, more you will be able to see inside of yourself. When you are out, you have to manage finances, people, time, health and also insure safety. And when you are doing that all, it brings out the real stuff of what you are made of. "

I recently visited the blue city Udaipur, I had a wonderful trip filled with unforgettable experiences. Udaipur, also called the city of lakes,is a historical city named after Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia clan. The city offers the majestic architecture of the mewar dynasty, delicious rajasthani food, cool breezy lake shores and gardens, glimpses of endangered and exotic art-forms and antiques to buy.

Day 1

Karni Temple

Photo of Karni Mata temple, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Abhay Agarwal

Udaipur is like Santa Claus, it offers something to all. Lake shores and gardens for young ones, city palace and art centers for historians, temples for religious people, good street food for foodies and lots of content for bloggers/vloggers.

One of the most fond memories is sitting for hours at the lake shores. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the modern era, it provides you calmness which is so refreshing that you can sit for hours and do nothing and still you will gain a lot.....

Fateh Sagar Lake

Photo of Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan by Abhay Agarwal

I loved cycling at the banks of fateh sagar (which is fondly known as FS). The experience is so mesmerizing that I feel short of words to describe it. I wish I could let you inside my eyes to see what I saw. You can see people running and swimming in the morning, enjoy boat riding in the evening and then sitting quietly at night to see how bubbles form in the lakes and disappear like they never existed. Isn't that the truth of our life even then we are so ignorant and egoistic. Never mind just enjoy.

Lake Pichola

Photo of Lake Pichola, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan by Abhay Agarwal

Here, I am sharing another picturesque view from my trip, which was at pichola lake when sun started to set or the last time that day it's rays scattered on the water surface and formed a copper like bright shield from behind the mountains. It was like those childhood drawings that we used to draw with the perfect shape of mountain crests and troughs and sun behind them with water flowing beneath them. Of course mountains weren't perfect this time but the view was spectacular and took me into memory lanes of childhood. Life could be beautiful even with imperfections.

Saheliyo Ki Badi

Day 2
Photo of Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Saheli Marg, New Fatehpura, Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Abhay Agarwal

Saheliyo ki badi is a well known must visit place if you are in Udaipur. It was built for the royal ladies & their friends and hence the name. Mewari architecture, well groomed gardens with flowers accompanied by water fountains and diffracted sun-says having suspended particles make it the perfect place for a relaxing gateway. The colourful flowers not only delight you but also give you the calmness mixed with fragrance. After a long tiring day, you just come here and you are recharged within minutes.

This was my 3rd trip to udaipur and I can vouch that there wasn't anything common between my experiences in all the 3 trips. Each time I experienced a different Udaipur embracing me as a tourist with open arms. When you reach you may find a completely different Udaipur than I described. On that note I would like to stop here and would love to hear your story of your experiences when you visit.

At the end of my short trip of all the nature places of udaipur, I packed my bags with heavy hearts, lots of memories, unexpected thrilling adventures and a promise to ourselves to return back again, I bid adieu to Udaipur.