Travelogue - Delhi-Udaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai
We'd gone to Delhi to be with family. After our stay, my wife wanted to get her car to Mumbai. Instead of having it tansported, we decided to drive down. The trip was great fun and also an eye opener.
Got our car papers in order just the previous day- Insurance extended, Pollution Under Control Certificate renewed. We leave Dwarka, New Delhi at 5.15 a.m. I'm behind the camera, ready to go behind the wheel. Alto...Lets Go!
We take NH-8. Since the Delhi-Jaipur highway is familiar terrain, Raavi opts to drive. We swap seats in Gurgaon. The roads are in excellent condition. We both manage to keep consistently high speeds. She sticks to 90-95 km/hr. I hover around 110-115.
If the drive upto Jaipur was a dream (we do around 250 kms in 3 and a half hrs), the road ahead was even better. The 4-lane now turns into a 6-lane. We stop for tea n biscuits and then move on. With the straight, empty roads, all you have to do is press the pedal and sit back and you wont have to do much for well over a hundred kms...can get a bit boring...
After Kishangarh, the 6-lane turns into a 2-lane with a sudden increase in the no. of trucks on the road. We're a bit disappointed...but this lasts for only a few kilometers. Then on till Udaipur, though its a 2-lane-no divider road with regular turns, its a very scenic drive and there's almost no traffic.
Unfortunately, there are not too many good restaurants/dhabas on the way. The few that are there were shut (probably coz its not really peak tourism season). We stop at this place called Rajshri Resort...don't eat much...just a veg sandwich and carry on...
Raavi bites into her sandwich...
...while I straighten my back.
Loved this milestone. Seems like the handywork of someone very passionate about being from Deogarh (Rajasthan).
Its the harvesting season. A farmer's family gets busy.
Rana Kadaa Ghaat - Its believed that it was here that in 1582, Maharana Pratap (probably the most famous Rajput warrior/ruler) won a battle against Mughal emperor Akbar's army.
We arrive in Udaipur at around 4.45 p.m., well before expected and head straight to our hotel. Need to freshen up after the 11 hour-700 km drive.
Jaiwana Haveli - Our hotel in Udaipur. Its located on the eastern bank of Lake Pichola.
Our room. It usually goes out for Rs. 3600 coz its a lake-view room. Since its almost end of tourism season, we were lucky to pay only 1200!
View of the Taj Lake Palace from our room.
The Taj Lake Palace Hotel, in the centre of Lake Pichola. Guests have to make prior reservations and are ferried to the hotel by boats.
Jag Mandir. The palace was raised by Maharana Karan Singh to serve as a hiding place for Prince Khurram, popularly known as Shah Jahan (the mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal). Between 1620 and 1628, Maharana Karan Singh ruled the region and during this period Prince Khurram revolted against his father.
Also the venue of Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon's wedding.
Right across our window was Lake Pichola, surrounded by havelis and heritage hotels.
For dinner we went to Jagat Niwas, another heritage hotel next to ours.
We dined at the roof top restaurant- some cocktails, simple Veg Kofta, Dal and Roti. More than the food, its the view that one enjoys, of the Lake Palace and Jag Mandir.
Perfect post dinner entertainment - Puppet Show. You can watch the video here http://www.ifood.tv/video/puppet_show_in_rajasthan
We'd first thought of proceeding to Mumbai the next day but one can't come to Udaipur and not go around. We decide to stay for another day.
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