I have always thought of myself as a small town girl even though I hardly spend any time in my small hometown of Galiakot, a small town near Udaipur city, Rajasthan.
The vacations I loathed as a child became a perfect getaway and time to relax as I grew. The quiet pace, the monotony of daily life, walking to the nearby villages, observing people's daily life made me happy.
My parents moved out of Kuwait and decided to settle in the Udaipur, just after I got married. Though I wasn't even living with my parents anymore, I often thought of my identity as a small town girl and if I would like Udaipur when I visited.
And finally when I did get to stay in Udaipur, I loved every bit of it.
Udaipur is cupped by the lofty Aravalli ranges and surrounded by lakes, making it a true heaven in the dry deserts of Rajasthan.
Founded by Maharana Udai Singh, the city combines real beauty with magnificent and glorious past. The placid blue lakes, majestic palaces, gardens, green hills, rich history and culture makes it one of the most romantic cities I have been too and wasn't surprised when I learned it's called Venice of the East.
I have visited Udaipur many times before but this time I wasn't eager to catch the evening bus back to the town. I had my time to stroll around the city on foot and on bike. I often found myself aimlessly trying to grasp all that happened in and around the lake at all times of the day. The mornings, the sun set, the evenings, I wanted to take in every moment sitting right there. As I settled in, I went about exploring the historic places in the city. From the beautiful palaces, museums, garden to forts, the breath taking detailing in architecture, made me suddenly want to be 1559 AD.
But of all beautiful things I was surrounded with, I found my favorite part was still walking around the near by village and taking pictures of people doing their daily tasks.There was so much color, vibrancy and life around, it made me want to clear my all blue, grey wardrobe for something colorful, something that made me feel more Indian. I leave you with more pictures to see what I'm talking about. Hope you enjoy it!