Hi, everyone as we all are desperate for a comfy relaxing (mask-free 😷) trip, I was lucky enough to sneak out for a short weekend get-away amidst this pandemic. It is crazy and I was quite anxious initially, but eventually, the travel bug in me took over and I took the plunge.
So, shortening the planning process for you, first, we decided the place 🌏 > then what experiences 🌊we would prefer > then the days 📅 > then the hotel 🏨 > then the flights 🛩 (A blog on how to plan a trip is coming soon 😝).
It was a crazy ride to plan a trip. But worked completely fine as we didn’t go overboard (I usually add 3/4 spots more than we can go to. As we end up missing out on a few of them and keeping in mind COVID19 trying to hinder our plans and places being shut).
The day was here… packing it light (no, I am kidding… I packed almost double the clothes needed for a 3-day stay) – one thing to keep in mind… **check the weather before packing and just to be safe pack 1 comfiest pair of sneakers you have** >> helps… I have OCD so I even packed my slippers .
Seeing Delhi T3 Airport in such a state where I could count the number of people was a relief. Everyone was masked and maintained social distancing. Vistara, my favourite national airways was a cakewalk, and finally, after a couple or more hours, we were at our first Hotel Aurika, a mammoth hotel with luxury rooms and a magnificent view to where you can have an endless number of coffees, absorbing the view and reading your fav book.
After a scrumptious breakfast, we ventured outside the first day to explore few temples but to our disappointment, most of them were shut, still, we managed to pay a visit to the temple of Eklingji. Do read about the magnanimous Shivalingam 🙏🏼who is considered to be the king of Udaipur. Then on popular demand, our driver took us to Saheeli ki baadi 🌺, it was considered that the queen used to bathe and play with her friends and folks in the area. It was quite lush and the photographer in me felt liberated clicking zillions of images. Won’t negate but bougainvilleas were my guilty pleasure, clicked like 100s of pictures and still felt I could click more.
Till then we were literally famished and rushed to Art house cafe, as the name suggests it was quite arty-farty and I love the vibe of it, food was good but to our amazement, on a weekend afternoon, we were the only to be seen dining. Then I rushed to the hotel for taking up an official call while the rest explored the pool area as it wasn’t accessible cos of the COVID norms. Finally, after a good long walk exploring the property we wrapped up with a light meal – nooooo, there is no light meal when you are on vacation. We went for veg biryani (I know half of you would say it is pulao and that is a never-ending debate).