It was almost 6 months of complete lockdown and slogging for hours daily both professionally and personally that I decided to plan a trip. Now before I start let me tell me you with almost an year of my marriage and five years of relationship, initiating the conversation on traveling has been my job, not because he doesn't like traveling, he is just lazy in plain and simple words to do any sort of production work. After various rounds of brainstorming session on everything possible from distance, safety, money everything we decided to go ahead with Lakshman sagar which we initially wanted to visit for our honeymoon.
Since we hadn't taken any trips in the recent past, it wasn't a tough decision because we managed to save some and decided to share the expenses.
We planned our trip for two nights and three days. To ensure we use our Friday half well, we took a late night train from Sarai Rohilla to Jodhpur and planned our return from Ajmer by taking an indigo flight. We could have easily taken a flight while going but we couldn't find a cheap and early flight hence we booked the train (first class for two people) which dropped us on time at 9.30 am in the morning. We took a cab and reached the resort in just two hours. I will save my cab journey for some other time. On reaching the resort, we were welcomed by our host Indrani with some fresh lemon and basil drinks. The resort was like an oasis in the desert. A beautiful lake, Aravali hills, 12 beautiful cottages, Mardana and Zanana mahal and soothing voice of birds. It was a pleasant afternoon. We then were shown our cottage which was more like a suite, a mudhouse designed by famous architect Rewati Kamat. Everything was unique in the cottage from its design to the interiors, small props to the beautiful Plunge pool and straight view of the hills. I was looking for peace and distraction from my office calls to daily worry of what to cook. They serve scrumptious food, made from fresh and organic vegetables. They also customise it as per your taste. Infact they were happy to do when I told them I don't like baigan.
We had amazing mornings watching the sunrise to gorgeous sunsets right next to the pool which was carved out of a stone by 12 labourers almost in 6 months. View from the pool is to die for. There was a lot of things I didn't for the first time there, kayaking to watching the moon and the planet from telescope and then trying their homemade chillam.
Rajasthan has always been known for its hospitality but this place and it's hospitality was something I had never thought of. An extremely sweet host Indrani with whom I had some lovely conversations in the evening to discussing babu bhaiya's family and the culture. I am definitely cherishing the moments while sharing this story with you.
For all those who are scared to travel, it's true, situation is really bad, but my travel by the grace of God was safe, safety measures were taken at the airport too with face shields being provided to all and sanitizing machine installed at all the places.
This is my first blog and what better than Lakshman Sagar to start with.
Lots of love.