Rajasthan is the largest State (Area wise) of India. Its Capital City is Jaipur, which has the International Airport. Udaipur is situated in Western Part of Rajasthan. The International Airport is in Jaipur
City, & from there Udaipur is conveniently accessible via. Airways, Railways or Roadways.
There are several Direct Flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Jodhpur.
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the new upgraded terminal of maharana pratap airport at dabok situated 22 kms south of udaipur is located bang in middle of nowhere. the recently inaugurated terminal is excellent in design and quality and built keeping in mind the need of future tourist growth in the area.
the connecting road is absolutely superb with rugged scenerey welcoming you to this land of warriors.
better to arrange a airport transfer with your local hotel as due to the new terminal prepaid taxis and other means are not easily accessible however there was a talk of atarting a coach service and prepaid taxi from airport to udaipur.
however due to the low load factor and limited flights the local transport from airport to the city is limited.
the rae surrounding the airport has been beaitifully developed and this is one place where the airport is much better than many other tier two towns where airports are more like bus stations
If you happen to come through here, make sure you buy a tea at the stall in the far corner of the waiting area. You can claim that you've bought tea at the same place where Darjeeling Limited (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman) was filmed. A wonderful movie by the way.
There are daily trains that run to Udaipur from Delhi and Mumbai (overnight), and within Rajasthan, trains between Udiapur and cites eg from Jaipur, Jodhpur.
Buses also can be used, but the trip is long and tiring.If you do choose to travel by bus( we did on a number of occasions) get to a travel agent, where you can book an air-conditioned bus, and also any preferred seat. The front seats give more leg-room, and the trip is far more comfortable.
From Ajmer - 6 hours
From Bundi - 7 hours
From Jaipur - 8 hours
From Delhi - 12 hours
Although the main Udaipur attractions are within walking distance form most hotels, transport will be needed for any day trips. Plenty of autorickshaws ply the lanes and streets, and congregate outside hotel entrances. Be sure to negotiate a price BEFORE you leave for any destination. Likewise with car-hire. Most hotels have a travel-desk, and can arrange a car with driver for the day- even onward travel to another city. We hired cars with a driver quite frequently, and were very satisfied. Cost is usually between R2500-R3000 (eg Udaipur to Jaipur). Make sure that your driver understands English.
Udaipur is well connected by road to major cities in India. Brilliant road network ensure people to enjoy a relaxed journey to and from Udaipur. This mode of commuting is quite easy and economical. Udaipur Bus Stand has regular bus services, connecting Udaipur with nearby cities including Delhi, Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Indore, Kota, Ajmer, Ahmedabad and Mt. Abu. Rajasthan Roadways provides the facility of Deluxe Buses and AC coaches for the convenience of passengers. One can also hire taxis and cars to reach Udaipur by road.
Udaipur Railway Station is located at a comfortable distance from the city of Udaipur. Rajasthan Railways connects Udaipur station with all the other cities of Rajasthan as well as India. There are frequent trains which run to and from Udaipur connecting Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi. One can also travel to this beautiful city by the luxurious Palace on Wheels.
Udaipur Airport namely Maharana Pratap Airport is located near Dabok at a distance of 22 kms from the city of Udaipur. Many domestic airlines connect the city to all the major cities of India including Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Regular air services are available for Delhi and Mumbai.
I visited the Jain temple at Ranakpur and Kumbalgarh Fort as part of a day's car tour I hired with two Canadian girls from Udaipur. The tour cost us Rs1000, so it was Rs333 each which wasn't bad considering how far we travelled and how long it took. I did see some signs in Udaipur advertising a bus tour to both sights but when I enquired I was told that they were only during certain times of the year (I visited in early January). So it looks like the only option you have is to visit them by car.
I wanted to get to Udaipur from Jaisalmer but it's not connected directly by train, so I booked an overnight sleeper bus. The bus (see photo) was unlike any other bus I had taken up until then and I had a narrow sleeper to myself which felt more like a coffin than a bed! The bus leaves at 3.30pm from a small bus stand at the southern end of the Jaisalmer fort. The roads out of Jaisalmer aren't too bad but there are 5 or 6 huge holes in the road where we had to go off the road and round before coming back on again. We reached Jodhpur at 9.15pm and stopped for 45 minutes to get something to eat. Take something warm to wear as it does get cold travelling at night if you're going in Dec/Jan like I was. The road from Jodhpur to Udaipur is appalling and we had to go off the road to avoid huge holes and areas where the road was washed away by the monsoon. It was almost like riding in a 4x4 bus and at one point I thought we were going to roll over! We arrived in Udaipur at 5am. It's pretty gruelling and don't expect to get any sleep. The trip cost Rs350.
There's a boat trip around the lake that leaves from the City Palace Jetty. You have to walk around the southern side of the City Palace in order to get to the jetty and then pay Rs25 to get into the City Palace complex for doing so which is a bit of a rip off. I had to wait about 30 minutes for the next boat trip and was shown into a covered area nearby where people take a launch (boat) over to the Lake Palace Hotel. This area is rather posh with nice seats and you get the chance to see the posh people pass through! The boat trip is really a must as it takes you around the eastern shore past the City Palace and Gaugaur Ghat and then past the western side of the Lake Palace Hotel (the side you don't see from the City Palace) and then onto Jagmandir Island where you get the chance to wander around on for about 30 minutes before heading back on the boat to the jetty. The trip takes about an hour and is a must do thing whilst in Udaipur even if it does cost Rs250!
Afternoon bus & Night train, change in Jodhpur
The comfortable bus to Jodhpur (leaving near the railways station in Udaipur around noon) crosses through picturesque landscapes and arrives in Jodhpur before sunset.
The distance Jodhpur – Jaisalmer can be made overnight through train no 4810 leaving Jodhpur at 23,30 – arrives in Jaisalmer at 05,30 (daily). The train crosses some sandy regions and AC carriages are highly recommended, unless you don’t mind breathing half air half sand.
Travel Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days
The tour is a personalized individual tour & can be started any time of year / month .The car, will be exclusively for you only stop en-route for breaks or photo opportunities.
Destinations Covered: Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer/Desert, Bikaner, Mandawa, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sekri, Agra, Delhi.
Camel Safari Tour :
Camel safari in Rajasthan are a way of life with those keen in camping in the desert and sleeping under the stars. A perfect destination for a Honeymoon.
The cars are well furnished and equipped with first-aid box, fire extinguisher, sufficient tools & spares etc.
Our Chauffeurs are courteous, polite, co-operative, well uniformed, punctual and have in-depth knowledge about topography.
Below are the general prevailing rates and applicable in the state of Rajasthan and Delhi & Agra.
The above rates do not include guide charges and entrance fees to the monuments.
Rates for the Car up to 4 Persons inclusive of Fuel, Driver Allowances, Parking,
The above rates are exclusive of Inter State taxes.
The guidebook said dont visit Kumbalgarh and Ranakpur on the same day by public means of transportation. If at all, only with a hired taxi.
Yeah, right, we thought, LP also doubles the walking time between places - so we can easily do that in one day by bus.....we thought!
And it became a long day ;-) Well everything worked out fine in the beginning, the 80km to Kumbalgarh were done easily. But we had to change three times the bus until we got to Ranakpur and we stayed too long in Kumbalgarh, so that we had to hurry through Ranakpur - that certainly deserved more attention - and we got problems catching a return bud to Udaipur - about 80km again. We were waiting along the road with plenty of mosquitos, monkeys and one cow.....but we were lucky, we got the last bus back. And what a timing! We got back just in time to witness the penalty shootout between Argentina and Germany..with a lucky ending for our favourite team. Whhhhhhhhhhat a day!
But next time, we will check tips from the guidebook more carefully ;-)
This interesting sign appeared as we were driving around the city. " When Insects can follow certain rules for laning.. Why couldn't we Humans". (lane driving is sane driving). Well thats something I didn't quite see in India.. but at least they were trying.