A weekend trip to Udaipur. This one has a special place in my heart because of multiple reasons. First being the companions, second, the beauty of Udaipur and third being the unlimited and unforgettable memories that we collected in those 2 and a half-day trip.
When we started the planning, we had almost 6-7 people onboard for the trip but as it happens with most of the trips, 4 of them backed out. (I'm not mentioning the names here, considering the social embarrassment that you guys will have to face after this 😜) We discussed the itinerary with Lalit Sir (AKA Lala) since his close relatives live there and he knows the city quite well. He drafted a perfect plan for us.
Indore - Udaipur
We took a bus from Indore to Udaipur at around 20.30. I, Lalit and Nitish sir gathered at the Bus Stop on time and waited for the bus till it arrived. Actually, I waited for the bus, the other two were busy on their phones 🤦🏻♂️.
The bus arrived at the stop, we quickly boarded the bus and it left at 21.00. The bus took 9 hours to reach Udaipur and dropped us at the Udiapol bus stop at 6.00 in the morning. We went to a nearby hotel, took a room there and went to sleep.
And that's how Day 0 concluded for us.
After sleeping at 6.00 in the morning, Lalit woke me up at around 9.00 saying that we should get going if we want to follow the plan. Even though I was half asleep, that point went straight into my subconscious mind and woke me up. By 10.15, we were ready to roll.
According to the plan, the first step was to rent Activas. The logic behind this was to avoid the hassle of waiting for cabs. We went into the city to a rental shop named District RJ 27 Bike rentals. We took 2 Activas on rent for the next 2 days.
The first thing that we did after getting those was breakfast. While searching for some popular options, we ended up at a place near City Palace (first destination of the day) where people were having Dal Bati as their breakfast. (Really? Yes.) This could happen only in Rajasthan.
Honouring the culture and our hunger, we also had those and it turned out to be a pretty good decision.
After filling up our bellies with the spicy Dal Bati, we went to the City Palace, which was the first destination of the day.
City Palace at first glance looked like a Giant Palace which is well maintained by the ASI. Unline others palaces, this one was off-white-ish. We bought the tickets and went in. After going in, we came to know that the palace is situated by the famous Lake Pichola.
The view was beautiful. We stood at the lakeside for almost half an hour despite the scorching heat.
We then went inside the Palace and visited the museum there. After spending almost 2 and a half-hour in the palace, we decided to hit the next destination.
The Monsoon Palace ( Sajjangarh Palace )
I didn't know why they call it The Monsoon Palace but when I went there, I could see the reason behind that name. The palace is situated outside the city and it took us 30 mins to reach there. The road till the palace was steep as it is situated on a hilltop.
We could see the whole city from there. The place was quiet and soothing. We set on the boundary walls and played old songs on the speaker.
The view in front of us was the city of Udaipur, Hills and dense black clouds ready to drizzle. While the Udaipur City was touching almost 38 degrees, we were experiencing cold breeze at the Monsoon Palace. That's when I came to know why it is called by that name.
We spent 3 hours there. It was 16.00 now. We saw the Zoo as well which was situated the at base of Monsoon Palace.
Our next destination was Shilp Gram. It was kind of an artificial village in the mid of the city. They had all sorts of activities there. It felt like we were in an actual village when we entered the campus. We had our lunch there. It was again, Dal Bati. Then they told us that the traditional dance performance is about to begin. We went towards the amphitheatre. There was still some time left for the show. So we went to the artists sitting there and talked to them. They were more than happy to describe what they were going to do in their performance and we were also excited about that.
The performance started. There were multiple. So, this series of performances included all types of traditional music and dance types that exist in Rajasthan. I liked the last part when the artists go into the crowd and ask them to Dance along with the artists. We also danced with them. It was a great experience all together.
It was 19.00 on the clock and the sun was ready to set within minutes. We were tired. dehydrated and full of sweat. So we decided to head back to the hotel and take a shower and then go out to have dinner by the Fateh Sagar Lake.
We reached the lake at 22.30. I and Nitish were on one Activa and Lalit was on the other one. On a square, we took the right turn. Lalit took the left one and that's when the chaos started. It took us 30-40 mins to find Lalit even though we were on the same side of the lake.
But finally, we found him and then we had our dinner on the famous street food shops near the Fateh Sagar Lake and then relaxed by the lakeside. After spending an hour by the lakeside, we went to Sukhadia Circle which is famous for its Ice Gola.
It was half-past 11 now and we decided to take some rest so that we get up fully changed the next day because Day 2 was going to be more hectic.
So that's how we ended Day 1. Everything went according to the plan. We slept early because we had to start early on Day 2.
Udaipur - Nathdwara - Eklingji - Udaipur - Indore
Day 2 began at 6.00 in the morning. We got up, got ready and left the hotel at sharp 7.00.