Dream Destination: A #DreamTrail To Rajasthan
My #DreamTrail is to visit Rajasthan with my mother. We've been there before, my parents and I. But I was a kid and things have changed since then. Also, my mother has a special unknown bond with the colourful desert state. She says she cannot describe what it is, but every time I hear her talk about it, I can feel her excitement. She loves Rajasthani food, customs, attire, language, terrain - everything. Now that she is retired and has some free time in hand, I plan to take her along for a trip to Rajasthan. Mother and daughter, just the two of us.
Last time we had gone to Rajasthan, I think I was 5 or 6. I remember the trip because it was one of the few vacations we had taken. Living away from our home town, my parents usually always preferred to spend my school vacations in Kolkata so that I don't miss out on bonding with my family. Still, every few years, we did travel to other places too. I remember going to Jaipur and Udaipur, the pink and the white cities.
Rajasthan is a hub of culture, activity, good food, colourful clothes and age-old customs. The hospitality of the local is spoken about far and wide, and I have never seen anyone return from a trip to this beautiful state, disappointed.
In my dream trail, I would want to visit Jaipur and Udaipur again. I know it would be worth another visit because the rich heritage has so much to offer, both my mother and I can soak into the glorious aura of the cities. Apart from these two cities, I also wish to visit Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer is a childhood dream destination. Anyone who is familiar with Satyajit Ray and his movie Shonar Kella would understand why. I have grown up reading and hearing about the beautiful fortress and it is high time I pay it a visit.
There is so much to do at Jaipur that every time I sit to plan the trip in my head, I wonder if there will be enough time! Of course, I cannot leave the beautiful city without hogging on their delectable street food or shopping to my heart's fill. Then there will be history to revisit. Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amer Fort, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar - Oh My God, whatever have I been doing all these years! I have heard that Jaipu has many beautiful Hindu temples as well, which both mother and I would want to visit.
My memories of visiting Udaipur are not as clear at the moment. One place I do remember was the pristine white and beautiful Lake Palace of Udaipur. I'd also want to visit Saheliyon-kiBari, City Palace, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake and soak into the Udaipur expereince. The food here is fantastic too; and so is shopping!
At Jaisalmer, I know my dear Shonar Kella will be taking up most of my time - I hope to follow my travel trail to the Thar Heritage Museum, Salim Singh ki HAveli and even to Bada Bagh.
The main idea behind making this trip with my mother is so that she can revisit all those places where my father had taken her and I know her heart will love that. What more do grown up children want, than to fulfil their parents' dream and my mother has such a small dream - to visit Rajasthan. I wish to take her to the locals and give her a taste of the ways of life, customs, food and culture.