It’s been almost 2 months, I’ve travelled.
And it’s been more than 2 months, that I’ve written something.
Thoughts such as these have been crossing my mind off late but as usual, I’ve constantly been putting off confrontation. Whether it’s with my blog, my emotions or my consistency with Instagram. In a way, I feel I’ve lost inspiration. And the skill to write.
No, honestly. It isn’t a cheap defense mechanism for me to get you to write nice things about my ability to write – I wouldn’t mind that though, but is merely a confession that I’ve grown to accept.
Fairly recently, at home, I’ve been discussing with my family about my Marwari roots. The stories of my ancestors, who came from Rajasthan. I wanted to know it all. Partly because I had never been to Rajasthan in an age where I could vividly remember a memory. And partly because all of this stemming from Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’s screening on Star Gold HD, because I paid for that shit!
Cut to a few weeks later to my conversations with Priyanka Desai, a Bombay based luxury consultant, where I could imagine a possibility of me being able to not only visit Rajasthan, but also experience first hand, the culture that my family belongs to.
The next thing you know, I packed my bags and hopped on a plane to Udaipur.
The Royal Retreat Resort & Spa, Udaipur, is nothing short of what it’s name depicts. It had painted a picture in my head when I had first heard of it, and trust me, it takes a lot to not google things first hand.
Right from the moment I drove onwards and towards the reception through that grandly intimidating door, my expectations were not only met but shattered, for they were scared to be frank.
Check-ins are always something I don’t look forward to because the entire process of checking yourself in, bores me. I know, that it is for very rightful security reasons but boy, you’ve got to admit it’s hella annoying. Lo-behold, was I pleased at the easy breezy procedure. In less than two seconds, I was in my room, sipping guava juice and trying to make sense of my life.
I stationed myself on the bed for a couple of minutes, and then very many moments later, turned my braggadocious blogger mode on. Usually, once I enter an aesthetically pleasing location, I start taking photographs almost instantaneously. But there I was, being embraced by the mighty hills, kissed by the subtle winds and serenaded by the good vibes that I sadly cannot begin to describe. I had honestly for a fact forgotten that I am a photograph hoarder, and am here to work.
Once reality hit me, and I gained control over my phones shutter speed, I went in with the photos that were pompously sent to every family WhatsApp group I was on. Oh yes, for a very brief minute, I was Sharma Ji Ka Beta, who is doing extremely well for himself.
The Royal Retreat Resort & Spa, Udaipur, blessed with the majestic environment and thrill of nature is here to welcome you with all its charm and courteous hospitality!
Flanked with the towering majesty of Aravalli Range, The Royal Retreat Resort & Spa, Udaipur is a place to be experienced. The place which was actually meant to be the dream bungalow of an art connoisseur and an antique dealer, now serves class, royalty and joy. Escape from the hustle of the city, take a long drive and move into the lavish yet serene spaces of The Royal Retreat Resort & Spa, Udaipur!
Adorned spaces of The Royal Retreat Resort & Spa, Udaipur, are absolutely in-sync with the blissfully pleasant surroundings. No matter whether it is your Royal Suite or the drawing-room, every space is passionately created and thoughtfully designed. You have around 100 unique rooms to chose from. Yeah. 100. Also, in order to please your artistic sense for antiques and artifacts, Handicraft Gallery is an awesome lane to move in!
Having spent 4 days there, and having interacted with Ms Ayesha Kutar – Head of Sales, The Royal Retreat Resort & Spa, Udaipur, who was congenial enough to have us tour the property with her, I can vouch for the fact that The Royal Retreat Resort & Spa, Udaipur, is the result of 100% passion that is beautifully laced and interlinked with professionalism. From their staff that lug your vacationing memories around, to the staff that caters to every need of yours, the hierarchy is well split and beautifully distributed. Trust me guys, they’re a collection of the most loyal and adorable human beings on this planet. Also, they don’t judge you for your cow like appetite. Trust me, I was vary in the beginning but then once a cow, always a cow.
When I began to realise that my time here had come to an end, for reasons I still don’t know, I became emotional. What that was, I still can’t figure out. But there was a shift in my mood. There was unease. I could sense it in the way I ate that last buffet breakfast. Or sipped my green tea on my porch. Or marvelled at the mountains selfish pride. Maybe I was just taken aback by the calmness that I felt in this unruffled space, or the fact that this holiday was finally a retreat that was royally spent and was actually able to get me to put pen to paper. Finally.
For this fact alone, I stand forever indebted to the entire team of The Royal Retreat Resort & Spa, Udaipur. Because they not just helped me clear my clogged thought process, but also, in a really really long time, made me aware that somewhere down this depressed, suppressed and distant personality, there still lives a writer in me who once began to write, just to get rid of the tormented pain.
Even now when I sit back and finally draft this blog entry, I feel nostalgic.
I feel happy.
I feel proud.
I, in a longtime, feel.
And that to me, is my takeaway from this experience, which will not be forgotten for a very very longtime.
Photos by – Karan Kapoor
Hosted by – The Royal Retreat Resort & Spa, Udaipur