I could have settled down there

I could have settled down there

(A rainy day in Udaipur)

This was the last day in the beautiful city of lakes. I and my brother had planned to start our day a little early in the morning. Though we were extremely tired last night, we woke up before the sun rays would have fallen. The cool breeze of the morning was refreshing us while we sat in ola cab. In 20 minutes or so, we reached the foothills of Neemach Mata temple. One has to hike 850 meters up to get the blessings of Neemach Mata devi.

Start of the hike
Praying to Lord Shiva during the hike

Some of the very early rising Udaipurians were coming down while we started our hike. This hiking might be a part of their daily fitness schedule. Initially, we struggled a bit as we were climbing the steep stairs. We chose stairs though there was a pavement way too. During the hike, beautiful scenes of Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and lush green mountains just mesmerized us. I could capture much of Udaipur with my DSLR in just one frame. After resting at almost every turn, which gave us a different view of the city, we reached the top in around 40 minutes.

A zig-zag road at the bank of Fateh Sagar lake taken from the top of the temple

At the top of the hill, the sound of Indian Dhol refreshed and filled enthusiasm in my nerves. We took the blessings of goddess very easily as it was not at all crowded like other temples.

A lady playing Indian dhol at the temple
Neemach Mata devi Idol
Meditation at Neemach Mata temple

Behind the temple, some Udaipurians were practicing meditation and Yoga. How lucky they are !! They are all able to start their day with fresh cool breeze and blessings of Lord Ganesha at one of the most peaceful and scenic places in Udaipur.  I met and talked to many folks at the temple and thought how different our lives are in a metro city like Mumbai, Pune than here. We are quite fussy in our fast schedules and we do not have much time in a day for relaxing ourselves. Had I been given an option, I could have settled down here.

A walk to remember

After getting down, we started walking along the magnificent Fateh Sagar lake. If you are planning to go Udaipur, don’t miss morning walk along the contours of Fateh Sagar. While we were discussing our future plans during the walk, a gentleman standing inside the water at the edge of the lake withdrew our attention. He threw a beautiful smile while cleaning the lake. Although he was almost naked, he asked us to take his photograph. He thought that we were media personnel. One thing that anchored me to him was his pride in the job of cleaning the lake which he was performing with full passion.

A proud Udaipurain

Gulab Bagh – The largest garden in Udaipur

My brother’s nature’s call reminded us “Oh! We have a family waiting at the hotel”. We immediately booked an Ola and went back to the hotel. We headed on to explore Udaipur again. This time, we landed in the biggest garden Gulab Bagh in Udaipur that was at a walking distance from our hotel.

Inside Gulab Bagh
A beautiful architecture in Gulab Bagh

Garden was not well maintained but it had much to explore. We were dumbstruck to see a wide variety of trees. This garden contained very old ones as well. Also, we spotted the small train track in the garden. After some time we located the train station. This was the lottery for children. The toy train journey ended in a flash. Time had come to bid adieu one of the most beautiful cities in India I have ever visited in my life.

Guys in the next story I will be taking you back to the Amsterdam adventures. 🙂 🙂

6 Comments

  • Alok Rathi

    October 1, 2017 at 4:12 pm Reply

    Descriptive with details!

    • sugandh

      October 1, 2017 at 5:57 pm Reply

      Thank you Rathi bhai!

  • Manoj Nair

    October 6, 2017 at 5:34 am Reply

    Good photos!

    • sugandh

      October 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply

      Thank you 🙂

  • aps

    December 18, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply

    A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu

  • Sonam

    January 1, 2018 at 9:03 am Reply

    Amazingly described

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