I couldn’t seem to stop humming “Kitna pyara waada hai in matwali aankhon ka” from the 1971 movie Caravan, followed swiftly by “Piya tuuuuuuuuu ab tho aa jaa (aha hahaha aha hahaha – of course the chorus has to be there)”. Being a Bollywood music junkie isn’t easy, guys. The slightest of things can trigger you off. And in this case, I was in an actual caravan. A CARAVAN. Do you blame me for earworm-ing the life out of “Chadathi jawaani meri chaal mastani” (this one was accompanied by that annoying rap in the remix version that came out years later).
It’s not often that you get to stay in an actual caravan, so I jumped at the opportunity when I heard of Sai Vishram Caravan, a trailer stationed at Someshwara Beach in Baindur, Udupi (Karnataka). The first of its kind in the country, Sai Vishram Caravan is a luxurious trailer that comes equipped with the most comfortable of amenities adorning the space that consists of a master bedroom, living and dining area, a kitchenette and an attached bathroom. This is modern-day camping, minus peeing-in-the-open and tents that may not keep away the bugs and mosquitoes. A look at the interiors would fool you into thinking that you are inside a proper resort room.