The Land of Kings

Rajasthan etymology:- Raja: King; Sthan: Place

Last minute cancellation of plans by my friends to Bali prompted me to take up a solo trip to Rajasthan. Rajasthan, as we all know, has been the home to numerous emperors. Even now, when one visits this place, one can fell that aura around, the grandeur, the architecture can still be seen.

Mine was a 5-day trip to Rajasthan during which I had covered only 2 places: Udaipur and Jaipur as I wanted to cover 2 places thoroughly during my 5-day visit.

I was welcomed by a cool breeze the minute I stepped out of the airport. The owner of the home stay that I’d booked was kind enough to pick me up at the airport. I did not do anything that day as it was already a bit late to explore Udaipur. I crashed early so that I could gather all the energy and see the wonderful city of Udaipur in full swing.

Homestay: Chandra Niwas

Day 1:

I had booked an auto for 2 days that would take me around Udaipur. Trust me when I say that the best way to explore Udaipur is in an auto.

  • Lake Pichola

My first stop was Lake Pichola. It is one of the most famous lakes in Udaipur.

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  • Chetak Smarak

I then headed to the building adjacent to it which is a memorial built in honour of Maharana Pratap Singh and his horse called the Chetak Smarak.

 

  • City Palace

It is built on a hill and one can see a culmination of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It provides a panoramic view of the lake city that Udaipur is. The famous Lake Palace, the Jag Mandir and the Jagadish Temple are in the vicinity of the City Palace.

The beautiful mirror work and gem work that adorn the walls provide a standing proof of the skilled artisans that were present during that era.

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Jal Mahal, City Palace, Udaipur

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  • Sunset Point

The sunset point is THE place where one should go if one wants to summarise what Udaipur is all about: lakes, boats, forts, hills. It provides a panoramic view of the entire city.

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Day 2:

  • Srinathji Temple

Day 2 started at 10 a.m with my first stop at Srinathji Temple. It is dedicated to lord Krishna. It is situated in Nathdwara which is around 50 mins drive from Udaipur. It opens at 11 in the morning. There is a separate enclosure for men and women where they wait for the temple doors to open. Once the visiting hours began, there was a huge rush which at one point of time did remind me of the Mumbai local train.

  • Nagda Temple

The Nagda Temple is better known as the Saas-Bahu temple. It is basically a Vishnu Temple which is made in 2 structures: one by Saas (Mother-in Law) and the other by Bahu (Daughter-in-Law).

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  • Eklingji Temple

As the name suggests it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Being a Tuesday, there was no rush and my darshan ended in no time.

  • Shilpgram

It is basically a Govt. run establishment that promotes the local artistes from all over Rajasthan—be it handicrafts, folk singers, folk dancers. I was lucky enough to catch a performance as well.

  • Sajjan Garh Fort

It is also known as the Monsoon Palace which overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake. It was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh atop the Banswara Hill. From the base of the mountain, there are small buses that take you up to the palace. The journey to the top has some breathtaking views to offer.

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Day 3: Travel from Udaipur to Jaipur

I did not do anything that day in Jaipur as by the time I had reached my hotel I was famished and by the time I could satisfy my hunger, I realised that the visiting hours for most of the sightseeing places was over.

Day 4:

I was warned by everyone not to take an auto around Jaipur as they charge a bomb if they get to know that you are a tourist. Hence, Ola to the rescue!

  • Hawa Mahal

Built in red and pink sandstone, it is basically just a high wall from which the women used to observed the street festivals. The main purpose of the wall was to keep the women veiled.

  • City Palace

It is the royal enclosure which houses the famous Diwan-I-Aam and the Diwan-E-Khas and other structures as well.

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  • Jantar Mantar

It is located within the same vicinity of the City Palace. It has the world’s largest sundial and is quite aptly named as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Jal Mahal

Situated at the centre of the lake, it has been a hub of many celeb weddings. But I found it a bit disappointing. Unlike the Jal Mahal at Udaipur, there are no boats that take you close to the Jal Mahal. You have to appreciate the structure from a really far-off distance with probably a pile of garbage and the stench coming from it next to you.

  • Choki Dhaani

I had been to Choki Dhani in the evening which is nothing more than a village resort.

 

Day 5:

  • Amer Fort

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  • Nahargarh Fort

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If you are a foodie then you must definitely try out these places in Jaipur

  1. Tapri (tea house): It is a roof top cafe which serves amazing chai.
  2. Copper Chimney: One of the oldest restaurants in Jaipur, it is famous for its Laal maans (mutton) preparation. It is just “finger-lickin-good”.

 

 

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This Day Is My Day!

This day is my day.
I wud do anything in my capacity to do what I love to do. This day is the only day that I have.

This day I wud spend for myself, this day I wud work to be happy. This day is precious, this time is precious. This day I wud not let things happen to me; rather this day I wud make the happenings. This day I wud take charge of my life. This day I wud bring most value to my life and to the life of others who are around me. This day I become aware of my doings, this day I seek for what I am, this day I do things that my heart & soul wants me to do. 

This day I give away the fear, fear of everything, cause the fear will hold me back from living my life. This day I give away the worries. This day I take one more step to create the world that I have always believed in. This day I put one more brick to the making of my world – My World !

This day I bring something better for me. This day I do something better for me. This day will not come again, this time will not show up again. 

This day, I write my own story, this day I decide. This day, I stand for myself. This day I believe that I am better, this day I believe I can do much better. This day, I realize my dream. 

This day I will not let go. This day I will not pass again. This day I will not walk that road which is not meant for me, this day I will explore the road that I always wanted to walk.

This day, I will clear the clouds, this day, I will move the mountains – stone by stone. This day I will fly, this day I will open my wings of freedom. This day I will dance, this day I will sing.

Live not surviveThis day I will live. This day I will do more than just survive .

This day is my only day, this day will not come again, this time will not show up again –

This day is my day !! This is my only day !!  

Be Happy !! Be Sexy !! Always !!

So when people ask you, how are you ? What is your reply ? I am good ! Ya…doing good ! I am fine ! For me surviving another day on this planet, breathing, being healthy and some one being there to ask me – how i am ? are way too many reasons to be just awesome, great, beautiful and sexy 😉

So being fine, good, happy or awesome is not that is decided by our environment ( Prison tamed him, taught him to hone his theatrical talents, his seducer’s arts, towards realistic political goals. He went in angry and came out wise .- Nelson Mandela).

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Nelson Mandela in prison

Yes agreed their are moments of grief in life, but these are momentary or i would say, the grief stays as long as we want it to and so does happiness !

Its imperative for all of us to understand this to really lead a happy life every moment, every minute and every second. No matter what, you could be happy. Learn to inculcate the habit of being awesome everyday. Walk with awesomeness, smile with awesomeness, talk with awesomeness and even be silent with awesomeness. Feel the energy of life within yourself.
ba9f4f36ca9dc038b6b62c62d78370f9Acknowledge the beauty of your own life. Your work should make you amazingly awesome, but being awesome is something you could always walk with, no matter what you are doing.

Best part of being happy is that it creates your environment to suit your mood. It attracts beautiful things and people around you. It brings reasons right in front of you to be more happy. You create your environment and learning the art of being happy is one of the key to create a happy environment, not for anyone but for yourself. A happy mind always  keeps everyone happy.
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Life is not to lead a great path or to do something extra ordinary or to earn big money or to get fame, these are only a small part of your own extra ordinarily amazing life, a life that you want to live, a life that makes sense to you….so be happy…be amazingly awesome even in just “being”…..Rest is a journey its a doing in process……So smile today, laugh with love, admire with passion, you have all the reasons to be happy……

JUST BE HAPPY & SEXY & AWESOME !!!

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I am in the midst of my FIRST FUNDRAISING SOLO ART & PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION in Pune ( https://www.facebook.com/events/1612030825535578/ ). Right from the very beginning of my life, i always had this strong urge of helping people. My heart always wanted to reach out to the needy and i always tried to do my bit in some or the other way. I was always a call away to my friends and still am, never felt why should i ever turn down any ones shout for help, no matter how small it was.

The best part is that i have received a lot in return and when i say a lot..its really a lot – in terms of love, faith, support and friendship . So the good work that we do always comes back and if someone who knows my life closely will always have reasons to support this statement.

Today i write this for 3 reasons :

Firstly, i want more and more people to come and help me in my endeavor to raise 3,00,000 for PROJECT NANHI KALI, an NGO that supports education of underprivileged girl child. Please click and donate. http://ket.to/ForACause  . Every single rupee makes a big difference.

Secondly, i want to tell people that helping some one is easy and beyond any images (1)contentment, all you need is a willing heart and a small effort. We all have big dreams, bigger goals and our own commitments in life and accordingly the priorities are set. A noble work done comes back in various ways to help us to be closer to our dreams & goals. And yes it works magically. We are here to make each others life easy – helping, supporting, laughing and dancing together is what i visualize a community to be like.

Thirdly, i am a very happy man today. With friends, family,known & unknown people coming forward to help me in my journey to make a difference in somebodies life. Every small help makes my heart open three folds in love and gratitude. I am thankful to all who has been supportive & i thank in advance to all who would be supporting. Every small contribution is such a massive help to ones who need it.

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