Time seems to fly when you’re having a blast, and so it did as we reached our destination for the night — Udaipur. We went hunting for accommodation to the Lake Palace, but, sadly, it was slightly (read: overwhelmingly) beyond our budget, so we had to make other arrangements and settle for a nice picture of the Palace’s auxiliary rang mandir all lit up against the inky night sky instead. We were too eager to get back into the saddle and open up the Speed and Street Triples to linger in Udaipur and take in her many charms the following morning, so we set out straight for Jaipur instead. The roads in Rajasthan are usually quite exemplary but sticking along the Golden Quadrilateral brought us to a stretch of highway that had more diversions than actual tarmac. And diversions mean clogging up of truck traffic and painfully sluggish movement.
Once the roads had somewhat improved, we stopped for a bite of traditional roadside kachori, mirchi wada and samosa. After wolfing down the snacks, the road beckoned to us again, and under the sweltering Rajasthan heat we entered the Pink City. Of course, going to Jaipur meant we had to visit the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, and Amer Palace. Delving into the history of these three historical edifices seems a little redundant, due, in part, to their widespread popularity, and also because we’ve covered them to death in the past and regular readers will probably nod off if I go into it all over again. Once all these legendary spots were given their due diligence, it was back to the highway for us with Gurgaon as our ultimate destination for the day.