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LIFE’S FIRST SOLO TRIP: THE CITY OF LAKES

Udaipur

Udaipur, also known as the CITY OF LAKES, is famous for its lakes, city palace and streets for shopping. The place is pretty special for me as it happened to be the first solo trip of my life. I wanted to visit this place since last year but all the trips eventually got cancelled due to some reasons. This time also, earlier I had one companion but due to some issue, he cancelled the day before. It was high time for me then. So I just decided to leave on my own. Here’s the guide to explore the best places of the city.

Preparations

The next hurdle in the path was to convince my parents. I thought it would be difficult, but they agreed after a little request. Secondly, I myself was not sure, whether it was a good idea or not. I was a bit scared if anything goes wrong, or I may get bored and a lot of things were crossing my mind. But thanks to Facebook, that gave a very good friend and inspired me to travel solo. Finally, I cancelled my previous reservations and booked a bus and a hostel.

Then it was time to pack my bag. I decided to take my new bag. Believe me, it was really a good bag. Very comfortable, light and waterproof too. You guys can get one for yourself at Amazon or simply here. Anyway, I packed my stuff and my camera and went off to sleep. After submitting my assignments in college, I left for Karol Bagh. While I was waiting for the bus, I met a person from Udaipur. He was a great support all along the trip. He guided me to the places I could visit and many other things.

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Welcome to Udaipur

Finally, I was in Udaipur. At first, my new friend took me to his place where we relaxed for a while. Then he picked up his bike and a gave a tour of the Udaipur city and dropped me at my hostel. He promised to be of any help he could be of, and he bid an adieu.

Bunk Bed in Hostelaive

It was my first time in any hostel. I pushed my bag in the locker and got ready to get lost in the city of lakes.

When I Tasted Royalty

My first destination was the City Palace. Footing inside the palace gave me the feels of royalty and the palace is so beautiful. The palace holds a rich history of the royal family of Udaipur, that still lives in the part of the palace. After completing the tour, I strolled the streets for a while and then went to another destination.

Moti Magri or Maharana Pratap Memorial where the guide showed me the statue of Maharana Pratap and acquainted me with the history of the Rajputs and the Fatehsagar lake. It was really great. Then he drove me to Udaipur city, to a shop of local craftsmen where I could eye Rajasthani turbans and their other craftworks. I was hungry and in a bit of hurry as I didn’t want to miss the sunset at Sajjangarh fort.

Maharana Pratap Singh at Moti Magri

After having some street food, I rode to the Sajjangarh fort. The drive inside the fort was really breathtaking. On reaching the top and taking a few shots, I grabbed my seat to make enough time lapse for my vlog. The air was so satisfactory there. I mean, that was the moment I realized, why travelling solo is so much fun. By then, the sun had set. It was Dussehra day, so I couldn’t reach any other place on time. So what I did was to stroll in the streets, watched Ravana Dehan and went to have my dinner. I was confused about where to eat, so I called my new friend. On his advice, I went to Upre restaurant near Ambrai Ghat. Oh my God! that place was so good although costly. But I decided to live the royalty for a while. The lakeside restaurant added flavours to the food.

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Sunset at SajjanGarh Fort

Later that evening I went back to the hostel where I met another solo traveller. She was travelling India from last one year. Out of all the places in the country, she liked Udaipur the most. She was so impressed by the place that she planned to settle there only.

Time to Sink in the City of Lakes

I started my second day with the Sahelio ki Badi. That place is so beautiful with the fountains all over. Till then I didn’t know what made me stay there for an hour.

My next destination was Badi Lake. The most peaceful lake there. It was calm and relaxing, a perfect place to fill your mind and soul with peace. I had plenty of time, so, I decided to drive towards the countryside. The place is really beautiful, believe me. I can’t put in words. After capturing the moments, I went to see the culture of the state.

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Badi Lake

Shilpgram is a place where one can find the cultures of different areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat. One can see the mud houses and other things at one place. It was also good but really tiring. After that, I really needed to fill my tummy so I had pav bhaji on the banks of the Fateh Sagar lake.

Shilpgram

The speed motor boating was also fun. I really wanted to visit the Vintage Car Museum. I was expecting great cars and stuff. It was amazing but I don’t know maybe I was expecting more at such high price. Covering that part, on my way back to my hotel, I went for a boat ride at the Pichola Lake. After visiting the Jagannath temple, I went back to the hostel to charge my camera and get it ready for Bagore ki Haveli.

World’s Largest Turban

Bagore ki Haveli is a home to the world’s largest turban. The haveli is a nice place and a must visit place in the heart of the city. The cultural show at the haveli was one of the best things on the trip. It was a perfect end to the day.

Dooms Day

It was my final day. I had to check out of my hostel. After checking out, I went straight to the Karni Mata Temple to enjoy the view. The temple was under some renovation but the views made up for the visit. The bhandara over there was also good enough to fill up my empty stomach. After coming back, I returned my vehicle and went to stroll the Hathi Pole market. After some time, I was at railway station and finally boarded the train to Delhi.

It was overall a wonderful experience and an achievement for me. After listening to different stories, I wanted to travel alone at least for once and it actually turned out to be one of the best experiences for the lifetime.

Hashtag Kshitij
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A middle class boy on a journey to explore the world and live the dream to travel the Globe on Budget.
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