This day was special; we were to go to see the Vintage Collection of Classic Cars Museum, Udaipur as a part of our sightseeing. I had already raked my head over the excursion with the travel desk in the hotel where we were staying. The attendant there offered me two options – one which included the visit to the Museum and lunch/dinner at the Garden Restaurant, which was very famous there. This could be bought at a cumulative cost of Rs.250 for each adult. Or alternatively we could take the Sunset Package, which included the visit to the Car Museum and also a boat ride, refreshments and soft drinks with crystal and vintage touches at rupees 1200 per adult. The first one sounded better because the Garden Hotel, where the restaurant is located is famous for the Rajasthani ‘thalis’ that they serve there.
Away from the noise of the streets is the huge courtyard, which had the royal garage in it. It had all the rare and classic old cars on display, which remarkably are also in full working condition. The cars like the 1936 Vauxhall, the 1939 Cadillac open convertibles, the rare models of Mercedes and several others unique cars could be seen up close. These cars used to be customized and imported at the behest of the royalty and were used since the time when the only cars that traversed the streets of Udaipur were cars that belonged to the royalty alone. There is an exclusive petrol pump for the cars, which seemed befitting to the beauties that were being housed here. The sight was truly something that I had never imagined. This modern monumental space of sorts had me imagining a scene from the past when the bejeweled Maharaja would be stepping down to get into one of his customized superior cars to commute on the roads.
The Vintage Collection of Classic Cars Museum, Udaipur was an experience that cannot be explained but simply felt. Later that day we were to go to the Jaisamand Lake, Udaipur and going by the likes of the day, we would have a very fulfilling day I was sure.