Flying solo in Udaipur, Rajasthan 

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15th Dec 2018

Mount Abu

Photo of Flying solo in Udaipur, Rajasthan by Varsha Suresh

DAY 1

Day 1

Arrived at Bunkyard Hostel, a great place located perfectly. The view from the hostel is beautiful. The place has a terrace restaurant which serves tasty food and snacks. The dorm rooms are very clean and the blankets are very warm. The washrooms are hygenic and the people who run the place are super helpful. The hostel is perfectly placed on the banks of Lake Pichola. The city palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Ambrai Ghat and the market places are all within 900m.

Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

Photos of Bunkyard Hostel , Udaipur

Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

DAY 2

Day 2

Today was spent roaming around Udaipur. Started with the beautiful Monsoon Palace in the morning. The palace itself is quite simple, but the view from the top is worth it. You can see the whole city, which is mainly white buildings lined up together on one side and the other side the lakes and palaces. The taxi up hill through the wildlife sanctuary costs 94Rs besides the 60Rs entry ticket. Finishing the Monsoon Palace in the morning and then heading to the City palace was a very wise decision as the latter requires a lot more time.

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh, Kodiyat, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh, Kodiyat, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

Monsoon Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Photo of Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh, Kodiyat, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

Next on the plan was the City Palace. It is a museum complex of many palaces. The entry ticket is 330Rs. It took a lot of walking to see the whole place. One can see a whole variety of artwork and architecture influences in different parts of the palace. The queens palace is suprisingly not as grand one would expect. There are numerous colored glass windows, glass works and there is one spot where you can see the whole of Udaipur city similar to the Monsoon Palace. There was an option to do the boating the same day but I figured I'd keep it light as I would like to spend more time on the Jag Mandir.

Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

Photographs from the City Palace Museum Complex

Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

Ended Day 2 with a trip to the Bagore ki Haveli Museum. Honestly, this museum has a lot more to see than the City Palace Museum Complex. It is home to the largest turban and various scenes from a typical Royal Routine. The Haveli has outdoor pavillion with a great view of Lake Pichola.

Photo of Bagor Ki Haveli, Hotel Gangaur Palace, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh
Photo of Bagor Ki Haveli, Hotel Gangaur Palace, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

The Bunkyard rooftop is a great place to unwind and relax post travelling and the Ginger Lemon Honey tea is perfect for the chilly weather.

DAY3

Today was the trip to Mount Abu. The journey was about 3 hours one way. Mount Abu is a small town with a handful of things to see. Headed first to Guru Shikar, the highest point in the Aravalli Mountain Range. You can easily drive up to a point post which there are 200 steps to climb. It was quite cold and catching a breathe can be a little difficult. The view is spectacular and absolutely worth visiting for the same.

Guru Shikar

Photo of Flying solo in Udaipur, Rajasthan by Varsha Suresh

Guru Shikar

Photo of Flying solo in Udaipur, Rajasthan by Varsha Suresh
Day 3

Next on the list was Nakki Lake and the Bazaar around the same. The place is nice to walk around. Besides that and shopping, there is not much to do there.

Nakki Lake

Photo of Nakki Lake, Mount Abu, Rajasthan by Varsha Suresh

And last on the list and the most exciting part of the whole trip was the Dilwara Temple Complex. Five Jain temples in one compound, they do not look like much from the outside. But the work of art inside on marble is extraoridinary. There is no entry ticket to the place and cell phones need to be deposited before entering the premisis. The temple themselves take tourists in groups and explain the history behind the place. (Guides are NOT allowed insdie). The marble work and architecture inside is one of a kind and definitely something everyone must see once in their life. Many of the works inside are carved out of one large marble stone and look unreal.

After absoring all my eyes could and sketching a bit of the temple, I headed back to Udaipur and treated myself at a local German Bakery right next to the Hostel. The Lal Ghat area has numerous quaint cafes such as Grasswood, Hello Boho and more. They have nice food, tasty pasteries and warm chai.

Day 4

Today, took things slow. Went on the boat ride from the City Palace to Jag Mandir where I had a nice pot of French Press Coffee with a view. Enjoyed the garden and took a ride back to land. Did some shopping at the market place outside my Hostel and the City Palace. Gothwal Art is one store I most definitely recommend checking out. They sell the most beautiful art at reasonable prices and are the only store in the area that do not cheat foreingers with a higher/outrageous price.

Enjoyed the sunset over Lake Pichola and ate dinner at Hotel Ambrai with the view of City Palace at night. Although Ambrai is slightly expensive, the view makes it worth the bucks.

Spent the rest of the night talking to and sharing experiences with the travellers who were staying at Bunkyard. Learnt a lot about bagpacking and about their exciting adventures.

Day 4

Honestly, Bunkyard Hostel was the best choice I made which made my whole trip extra special.

At Night

Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

Sunsets over Lake Pichola

Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

Taj

Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

Jag Mandir

Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

Evenings in Bunkyard Hostel

Photo of Bunkyard Hostel, Lal Ghat Road, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Varsha Suresh

DAY 5

Spent the morning shopping for a few more pretty pants and some trinkets. Said my goodbyes to the owners of Gothwal Art and the friends I made at the hostel and headed to the airport to return back home with tons of memories.

Day 5

I learnt a lot during this trip. It was a great experience for me as well as a lesson. I enjoyed and understood the kind of person I am and want to be. It's beautiful how much travel can help mould and shape you while also bringing out things in you that you may have not noticed. I am so thankful that I took this trip. It was a great way to end the year, looking forward to my next trip.

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