Like most of the travel- this one was almost unplanned. Tracy and I were thinking of taking a weekend away from here, the nearest destination was Udaipur, a friend of us decided to travel with us.
Friday evening after office, we hop in the car, and there we go driving to this beautiful city. It was the very first time I was travelling with someone who does not belong to my country or my culture.
Tracy was peculiarly interested in knowing a lot about the Indian culture, an observer that she is.
This happened a year ago, and I regret not having captured the memories in a write up right after the trip. Though I may have some memoirs scribbled in my diary!
We reach almost past two in the night and with a lot of google mapping and looking for some help from some lonely soul walking down the road, we managed to reach the hotel Jagat Niwas Hotel. It was a beautiful hotel by the lake Pichola and had a terrace restaurant.
After a lovely English breakfast in the morning, we set out to visit all those beautiful tourist spots in the town. The palace and the temple, some street shopping, an amazing boat ride, delicious food and a day well spent.
But as they say, the best moments are always the unseen and the unplanned ones. The evening of Saturday we drove up the Sajjangarh Palace. The beauty of this place is not only in the palace, but the journey up to the palace. It is a twisted winding road that leads up to the palace, which was apparently the monsoon palace of the king, the name of whom I do not remember! L
There are two particular spots on this tortuous road, where you can apparently park the car in the side of the road and look at the breath taking view. I could only imagine what it would like when it rained. Right there, at the edge of the road, there is there beautiful green sprawling valley, so deep, flaunting the colours of nature. If you are smart enough to drive sometime before sunset, you will be lucky to see this beautiful valley with the sun shining bright right there. The view was not just breath-taking, it was awe-striking!
After climbing up to the palace, I had the sheer privilege to see one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen in my breathing life till date. The sprawling green fields, the brown mountains making the perfect setting for that silver lining in the sky with the most beautiful sun- setting one moment at a time, waving me its good byes, for it will never be the same sunset again…
The most beautiful evening was followed by a terrace candle light dinner, and the cold winds making the weather the most perfect date weather- especially for a date for three ;)
We got back to the hotel and leveraged the terrace restaurant to sit till 2 in the night, having weird, deep, political, and business and another ‘n’ different conversations. A beautiful night spent with the best company.
The second day almost went roaming around the town and a good lunch. And yet again, this city does not cease to surprise me.
The second evening we went to Dudh Talai. We took the ropeway up to the temple where the ropeway ends (again I seem to forget the name). And god what do I witness? Another sunset, the most amazing sunset! If not more beautiful than, as beautiful as it was the previous evening.
Atop the hill, I could glance at the entire Udaipur, to see the miniature houses, those beautiful lakes and the far off mountains, the sunlight peering through these mountains and the water glistening with these shining rays of hope. The winds brushing through the hair and the peace that the place holds.
If you have a knack of enjoying sunsets, I suggest you go try a sunset at both these points.
After the sunset, we got down to the Dudh Talai. Oh my lord, what more surprises do you hold for me Udaipur?
Not even in my wildest dreams, or my craziest imaginations, did I imagine to see a live boxing match, with two state level champions fighting each other for the tournament. Tracy could just not contain her enthusiasm. Like kids we went running inside and luckily also got a seat to sit.
After the tournament was over, we finally set adieu to this beautiful city which gave me so many memories in mere two days!