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 not particularly well served by transit options. Jet Airways has one or two flights a day from Mumbai and one from Delhi, and Indian Airlines also flies these routes. Train service is also limited, with some fairly poor connections running from Delhi/Jaipur and from Mumbai. If you can weasel a seat on any of the flights, it's worth it. Jet Airways is the best domestic airline in India, so it's preferable to Indian Airlines.
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 ;-)
Off the foreshore in front of the Palace you will see some of the Palace boats. The Palace rowboat in blue and red is not used for that many occasions. During the 1990’s Udaipur made history when the first solar boats were introduced on Lake Pichola.
Boat-rides on Lake Pichola are available throughout the day until late in the evenings. You can find the Boat centre at Bansi Ghat which will provides information and assistance for boat-rides and bird-watching.
You can easily catch a rickshaw for going short distances around Udaipur but be aware that most drivers will want you to stop off at various stores enroute to where you have asked to be taken. Even if you aren’t interested, it’s a good idea to make at least one stop just to keep them happy but you will have to be very insistent if you are not interested. Make sure you bargain a price before you start off.
The RSRTC (Rajasthan State Road Transport Corp) have busses that travel to and from Udaipur to other regional areas. Be sure to take an express or deluxe service otherwise the trip will make numerous stops and detours while they zig zag their way to their final destination. Be sure to book ahead.
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.
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!
Within the city area you can hire a Tonga (or Tanga). These are light horse-drawn carriages which are used for public transport. A cheaper but slower ride to the rickshaw or taxi but nevertheless a novelty to try if of course the roads are good otherwise not a great experience.
From Udaipur is very simple to reach any destination in south Rajasthan, i.e. go to Mt. Abu, Jodhopur, Jaisalmer or even get to the north.
I took the last way, from Udaipur to Pushkar.
The bus leaves at 10pm at should arrive at 05 am of the day after. It costs around 100Rs but all depends of the compeny you choose.
Every agency or even ever GH is able to book for you for the same day those tickets with a little commission on the real cost of the ticket.
Rajasthan.... The golden glow of desert landscape , the shimmering emerald water surrounding the medieval Lake Palace are as much a part of Rajasthan as the ships of desert who sail majestically amidst the tranquility ,color and warmth all around . Rajasthan offers the visitors both quiet moments of relaxation and adventure in the desert state. Rajasthan..... where majestic forts and spectacular palaces vie for the attention alongside the colorful , rural landscape enhanced by the warmth of h local populace. Rajasthan..... where expressions in art and craft embody the riches present in the surroundings to give the visitors a complete and wholesome picture of the desert state. Rajasthan..... the land with the most amazing legends of devotion , romance and heroism comes alive , even today. Here is your chance to discover the rich cultural heritage where the relics of a golden past have been carefully preserved. Rajasthan... where each day is different from the one that has gone by and where each day is uniquely memorable.
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.
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.
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.