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The Pink City – Jaipur

Our journey from Udaipur to Jaipur was by train. Well it was not one of my best journeys I would say but definitely a memorable one. We were travelling in the AC coach, there were many local people, and most of them were on vacation. One little girl came and stood next to where I was sitting, She was kind of staring at me, maybe because of my skin, when I smiled at her and said hello she started prattling something in her native language of which I could not make anything. Her father then gently took her by hand and asked her to settle down in her seat. Then he told me that he was an engineer and was working in south India. Along with his family and friends they had come on small vacation.  One thing I have noticed about India is that it is such a vast country that from north to south and east to west it goes through sea change in topography, food, culture, language so many things but still they are one. At one station a man climbed in our coach and he had a musical instrument with him. He started playing it and sang so many songs in high melodious voice. There was no need of any mike to him. Once the songs were over he went to every passenger for his reward. Some were pleased enough to give him some coins, others didn’t even bothered to look at him. On behalf of our group I gave him 10Rs coin, he was excited to have it and when he said ‘Thank You’ in English I was quite surprised as that was the last thing I expected of him!

In Jaipur we had our booking done in hotel Trident. From the railway station we took a taxi for the hotel and like our hotel in Udaipur this hotel was also built alongside a Lake, this one was called Mansagar Lake. I must say that the hotel was ideally located. One can enjoy the scenic beauty and can enjoy the sunset and sunrise against the backdrop of the Aravallis hills. The moment we entered the hotel we were kind of pampered by the staff. While the check in formalities was going on we were offered cool drinks which was great respite from the heat outside. Our room had a lakeside view, and the view was very refreshing. After having a good wash we went to the main restaurant. The food was delicious. I must say that Indian cuisine can be very addictive, at least I got addicted to it. With excellent service and facilities we were bound to have good time in the hotel….that I was sure of.

In the evening we went to see the Jal Mahal as it was the nearest place to the hotel we were residing. Infect we could see it from the windows of our rooms. Major portion of the palace is immersed in the water and only the top floor is visible above the water that is why it is called by this name. ‘Jal’ meaning water here. There were traditional wooden crafted boats to ferry the tourists to the palace. The palace is built in red sandstone and on the terrace of the palace is a garden. The view from there is picturesque. There are towers on each corner of the palace. Earlier some restoration work was going on so the place was not open to tourists but now we could see fairly good crowd enjoying. So many different kinds of birds who are breeding and residing in the lake area could be seen as well. It was time to get back. While coming back I took the oars from the boatman for a while just to see how it feels to splash the oars in the clear water of the lake. It was fun but I couldn’t do it for much time. We were yet to chalk out our program for the next day, so let’s see which part of Jaipur finds us tomorrow!

City of Lakes – Udaipur -Day3

We had an early start next day as we were to visit Kumbhalgarh Fort which is located approximately 64 kms north of Udaipur. After having a good breakfast (we also carried some packed food) all geared up with our back pack we made our way to the parking lot where our tourist bus was parked. There were many early starters like us. Our guide quite a friendly chap told us that Kumbhalgarh is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. The place also has a sentimental significance as it is the birthplace of Mewar’s legendry King Maharana Pratap .

My..My located in the wilderness it was a massive fort. The hostile topography made it look inaccessible, no wonders why the fort remained unconquered. Built on a hill top the fort’s thick walls stretches around 36 km and we were told is wide enough to take eight horses abreast. The walk while climbing the fort is full of breathtaking views. The fort’s large compound has very interesting ruins and walking around it was quite rewarding.  There were around 320 temples inside the boundary of the fort. Going around the fort and its insides leaves one astounded. The selection of the location, the planning of the battlements, the provisions for the cannons, guns and the safety of the soldiers, the strong doors provided at each tier of fort walls leading to the residence of the king is meticulously planned.  The fort also offers superb birds view of the surroundings. Some light and sound program also takes place in the evening but as we were to get back by the evening we couldn’t stay for that. Just to think that long back people lived in these forts is an exciting thought in itself.

After nearly walking around for two hours we all found a serene spot where we sat and had our packed food and drinks. When the eating session was over I just sat and relaxed under a tree and was kind of visualizing the kind of life people had in that era. Mother earth has seen so many changes over the centuries!

Journey back was very comfortable and our guide was discussing about Mount Abu with my mates our next destination. Since the place was around three to four hours away from Udaipur, we were advised to have an early night, which we did and got up as fresh as new to visit Mount Abu.

Final Day of My Trip to Goa

In Continuation of the journey day before; we were quite tired after having great fun time at Baga, Candolim and Calangute beaches and then we decided to get back to the hotel in order to take little rest for a while. The place where we were staying was just 10 minutes away from Calangute beach. After having a good rest for few hours we were once again ready to carry on with our exploits. It was nearly sunset time. Nature was at its peak! We have heard a lot about the night life in Goa, so we decided to enjoy the nightlife of Goa. We asked the hotel staff and they recommended some clubs in the area. We decided to go to Tito’s club which was nearest and seemed better option than others.

Titos GoaWe asked few taxi drivers and easily found the place as it was a popular destination. It was one of the most happening places in Goa. The first scene we saw in the club; a lot of roar, clapping, dance, songs and fun all around. Everyone was busy dancing to the tune and some were struggling to match their feet to the rhythm; quite a sight, people were having thorough fun and were completely unaware of their surroundings.  Our group also became the part of crowd. There was variety of music playing out there, we stayed over there till 2 am, it was really an amazing experience as none of us had ever joined such a cross cultural gathering. Our decision to spend the night at Tito was as per the reviews of local people and seriously; we weren’t disappointed!

After having an awesome nightlife enjoyment at Tito we returned to our room and slept.

Last Day: No journey is complete until you take home some souvenirs to make your trip memorable and also it was our last day in Goa. There was a vast vibrant market having lots of stalls that offer everything from hand crafted designer clothes, jewellery, musical instrument, local spices or herbs etc. One thing that attracted me much in Goa was the handcrafted modern designer furniture, carved furniture. I have got few sea shell handicraft items which I have taken as souvenir. The Indian handmade wooden furniture was very gorgeous. There were also some restaurants in the market area offering traditional Goan cuisine, there were loads of sea food varieties. We have decided to give a new experience to our taste buds so we have ordered a traditional Goan fish curry with rice, which is actually one of the most popular delicacy of the area. Food was really good as like that of place. It was a great afternoon altogether.Wooden Side cabinet

Panaji Goa State Museum: After shopping, we visited Panaji Goa State Museum. This art gallery section includes Hindu and Jain sculptures, wooden handmade objects, bronze artwork from all over India, manuscripts and much more, if you like history, you will appreciate this art gallery.Goan Fish Curry

I cannot describe all the things with few words but it was truly a remarkable experience. Hope you get a chance to visit Goa. I’ll be checking out for my next travel  destination in India.

Trip of Madness- Summer of 2012

To save ourselves from the scorching heat of the North, me and my friends planned a trip to Manali which they say is “heaven on earth”. I had heard about that place from my friends and was quiet frenzied about the whole plan as I have never been to any place beyond my own state.

Everything was planned up and finally the day came when we were to leave. I rushed to the bus stand and saw my friends standing there, waiting for me. We reached the ticket counter and there was a throng of people fighting to get the tickets, somehow we got the tickets and sat at our respective seats, chit chat for a while and we all slept. I was awake by the cold breeze blowing outside and was amazed to find myself surrounded by the mountains. The roar of the river flowing in the valley was an icing on the cake. Perfect!

Day 1: Finally we reached Manali, I was completely mesmerized by the epic beauty of the nature. It was raining and was damn cold, and we were forced to take out our jackets. We looked for a room but didn’t find one as all the hotels were jam packed. Finally we got a room in a cottage and we got fresh and went out to have food. While having food, we couldn’t take our eyes off the majestic view of the glaciers which were thoroughly covered with snow. It was a grand view – a treat to the eyes! We took some pictures of it and got to know from the staff that there is some party down the valley and we were excited to go there. We saw people going to the party and we followed them. I was busy clicking pictures of the river flowing on my left and my friends too were enjoying the beauty of the nature. We reached the party place, and saw there were so many people from Israel, we joined them and it was a great fun.

Day 2: It was Sunday Morning and this wasn’t the same old morning when my mom use to yell and I was forced to get up. This morning was somewhat different. From the cozy cocoon of sleep when I opened my eyes and looked outside the window i saw the clouds too near to touch and the beauty was as its best. Suddenly I heard a voice “dude get up we are getting late its already 11” this Sunday it was my friend’s yell I responded to and I got up hurriedly and got ready. We carried a guitar along with us and sat by the river side and played the guitar and sang songs. It was all fun. The day passed like this and the next day we were to leave back for home. I was feeling bad but there was no other option, we packed our bags and went off to sleep.

Day 3: The day for us to leave for home came and we boarded the bus. On our way back we were all were recollecting the memories by checking out our pictures and all of us decided to visit Manali again the next summer.