So the idea about going on a solo trip emerged somewhere in 2014 when I experienced that plans with friends were just not getting executed. It becomes difficult to get people together once everybody starts working, move to different cities, people get busy with their own things, and priorities start getting different. And to top it all off, I was someone who had very few friends (can count them on fingertips) , and who would not feel comfortable in a group of ‘acquaintances’.
So, it was 2014 was when I started thinking, ‘F**k everyone, I will go on a solo trip’.
I remember listing down the places I would want to visit, googling ‘things to do in XYZ place’ and researching about them. But, it was only in October, 2016 that I finally executed my First Solo Trip.
I wanted to visit Rajasthan and finalized Udaipur, even though I knew it was considered as the most romantic city in India, and I would be going there alone.
You can imagine me as being a mini version of Monica from F.R.I.E.N.D.S., right from planning to execution, I needed to have everything planned to the T. I was planning this for so long – I had decided the hostel I would stay in, places I would visit, the food I would eat – everything.
But just as any great adventurer has to face set-backs in their journeys, here are a list of mine:-
1. I had spent so much time thinking (if I should go or not, what if I get bored, what if..) that the hostel I wanted to stay in, was not available any more.
2. And, I booked my stay in another hostel, but just for a day (thinking would continue to stay there if I liked it)
3. I had spent so much time thinking (what if..) that the flight tickets got very expensive and I could not book them
4. I had spent so much time thinking (what if..) that I booked my bus ticket (from Mumbai to Udaipur) at the very last moment (which was so not me ! I am not spontaneous..)
5. Did not book my return tickets (I don’t know why)
6. I had planned to go to work and then board the bus later in the afternoon. But, on my way to work that day, a B-I-T-C-H stole my money (opened my wallet, took out the money I had withdrawn for the trip, kept the wallet back inside my bag). I took this as a ‘sign’ and almost cancelled my trip!
7. I got a call from the bus driver, ~45 minutes prior to the departure time saying he was waiting for me and would leave without me. Son-of-a-. I frantically left from the office and boarded the bus.
But in the excitement of finally setting out on my first solo trip, I got over all this once I boarded the bus and was very excited about finally ‘executing’ my first solo (leisure) trip.
Hoping to reach Udaipur early next morning, I had imagined an afternoon lake side lunch in Old City area. But, instead I had Ratlami Sev in the bus because I reached Udaipur only late in the afternoon.
As I approached Udaipur, all I wanted was to get out of the bus and explore the city. I was soo excited - I had no expectations, I was open to meeting-new-people-making-new-friends (as travel bloggers would say) or exploring the city on my own.
On reaching Udaipur, I changed two sharing tempos and reached Dewali area (near Fatehsagar Lake) where my hostel – Backpacker Panda was situated. The heat, the heavy weight of my luggage, the fact that I had to change autos and the crowded sharing autos just did not have any effect on me. I was totally enjoying every bit of the experience.
I checked-in to my hostel (Backpacker Panda), took a shower and with my to-do-list, I left for a 45 mins segway tour (organized by Road Runners) which started from Rajiv Gandhi Park and covered the beautiful and mesmerizing Fatehsagar Lake, Solar Observatory, Nehru Garden, Stone Sculptures and Neemach Mata Temple.