Saturday, February 11, 2017

Padharo Gujasthan

Heya! I am back with vibrant states of India.
One month of wedlock and I got a reason to visit Ahmedabad and Udaipur. My better half's friend's wedding. The nuptial ceremonies were scheduled on 28th & 29th of January in Ahmedabad. We thought of a place we can explore nearby before her wedding days. We booked tickets for Abu. But later we came to know that there is nothing indulging in Abu. It was then decided that Udaipur could be a better place and nearby to Ahmedabad. I had been to Udaipur, Jaisalmer in schooling days which I barely remember (Had I known about blogger :p). 

It was not as chilly as expected in the month.
On 24th night we boarded Gujarat mail at 10pm till Maninagar from Dadar. The train was on time and reached on time. We reached Maninagar around 6.30 am from where we had booked a car for our entire Udaipur exploration. So..... its time for ROAD-TRIP :D. 
A road trip is incomplete without music and landscapes. We are lucky enough to have both. 
For me snacks is indispensable part of any trip :p

We had our first stop at Honest restaurant in Gujarat. On the way we had a glimpse of Akshardham temple. Udaipur is full of narrow lanes entering which you wonder where they going to lead or get hit by car approaching. For first time visitors, self drive is NOT recommended.

We had two nights stay in Hotel Justa. It had a typical Rajasthani architecture with Jharokhas. They could not provide us rooms before check-in time. So we decided to pass our time with trip plan chart. 
Rooms were fantastic. After a relaxing shower, at 3pm  we came across Hotel Krishna Dal-Bati Restro. I personally cannot relish rajasthani cuisine. The thali comprises of bati (Overloaded with Ghee), dal, gatte ka saag, lasoon chutney, mint-corriander chutney, a capsicum besan sabzi, salad, butter milk and churma(everything unlimited :p).
Krishna Dal-Bati Restro

Then with cable car we went to KarniMata Temple uphill. We found some white rats in captivity inside temple ( I just <3 animals ).
KarniMata Temple, Udaipur

We had a glimpse of kumbhalgarh fort.
Then we went to Saheliyon-ki-Bari. Hire a personal guide for every monuments you visit as they are well-versed in the history of the site or monument. They offer visitors an interesting description of the location, including its history and what effect it has had on modern society. In addition, they answer visitor questions. The garden is divided into seasonal sections. These fountains are fed by the water of the lake gushing through ducts made for the purpose.


Evening munch: DO eat pyaaz ki kachori and moong dal halwa/Phini.
Night Life: For Hookah visit Aqua lounge and for cockails and dining visit UpreAmbrai or Raas Leela Hotel.
Raas Leela Hotel, Lake Pichola
For shopping do visit: Hathi pole/Bara Bazar to get traditional marwadi sarees/Dupattas/Dress materials/Chappals. Bapu Bazar is NOT recommended.

Next day we visited Bagore-Ki-Haveli. Bagore-ki-Haveli is right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar, built it in the eighteenth century. Bagore Ki Haveli is an ancient structure that has been converted into a museum. Witness Folk dance in the evening. Check with the timings before visiting the place.

Next day we visited exclusively City Palace and it's sound and light show. Sound and Light show could have been better with human like figures and more effective narration of it's history.
City Palace
Next day we had to reach Ahmedabad. We had light snacks at Havmor restaurant.
We had our rooms booked in Sports Club of Sardar Patel Stadium. The rooms were pretty well with reasonable rates.

Snacks to try in Ahmedabad: Induben khakra, Khichu at Kakaria Lake, ghatia-jalebi-fafda
Shopping: Law Garden 
Kakaria Lake has hot air ballooning and a best place to relax and enjoy with your kids.
On 28th, there were mehendi, sangeet and pre weddin reception ceremonies.
On 29th, to pass time we watched Raees movie in the morning ( :( Not SRK fan emoji ). We attended the wedding and reception in the evening.
For breakfast, both days we had south indian snacks only as there is no supply of eggs due to flu.

 P.S. On return journey our luggage weight exceeded 15kg because of our shopping.

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