Rajasthan has its share of resplendent forts and palaces and museums and what not. With a legion of other places interest and hundreds of thousands of tourists coming to Rajasthan each year, it wouldn’t be wrong to consider it one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.
And while a lot of people are keen on visiting Rajasthan, from what I see, most of them choose to traverse through the state using rail and flights. Given how Rajasthan is brimming with rich heritage and culture and each and every settlement in the state has something unique on offer, most of the tourists miss on the peculiar traits of Rajasthan and never manage to drift apart from popular cities like Jaipur.
One of the best ways to explore Rajasthan, in my opinion, is through road trips. The sheer joy of watching the tarmac fall behind you, the rustic villages calling out to you; bitten by the travel bug, you move and crawl forward, too bothered to care pretty much about everything else.
Jaipur to Udaipur via Jodhpur
One of the most sought-after road circuits in Rajasthan is Jaipur-Jodhpur-Udaipur. The road trip from the ‘pink city’ to the ‘city of lakes’, via the ‘blue city’ is as mesmerizing as it can get. Here’s a brief itinerary for the same:
1. Drive/fly to Jaipur; preferably from New Delhi
a. Distance from Delhi to Jaipur is about 280 km
2. Spend 2 days at Jaipur; on the first day visit all the forts in Jaipur and keep the second day for the City Palace and neighbouring region. Popular attractions in Jaipur are:
a. Amer Fort
b. Hawa Mahal
c. Jantar Mantar
d. Sheesh Mahal
e. Jaipur Wax Museum
f. Jaigarh Fort
g. Nahargarh Fort
h. Jal Mahal
i. Abhaneri Step Well
3. Leave for Jodhpur early in the morning
a. A 340 km ride that takes about 5 hours
4. You can halt at Ajmer and Pushkar, both of which lie midway between the two cities. Alternatively, you can stop for a day as well at either of the 2 destinations
5. Spend 2 days in Jodhpur – although you can cover most of the attractions in 1 day itself, you should keep 1 day for leisure. Some of the best tourist destinations in Jodhpur are:
a. Mehrangarh Fort
b. Ajit Bhawan Palace
c. Umaid Bhawan Palace
d. Mandore Gardens
e. Jaswant Thada
f. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
6. Again, start early on the 3rd day for Udaipur
a. Udaipur is about 260 km away from Jodhpur
7. Midway towards Udaipur lies Narlai, a rustic town home to one of the best heritage resorts in Rajasthan, Rawla Narlai. A stay at Rawla Narlai is a must for anyone travelling from Jodhpur to Udaipur.
8. While in Narlai, you can also visit the Muchhal Mahavir Temple and head to the mighty Kumbhalgarh Fort.
9. Once at Udaipur, spend the day sightseeing. Some of the popular attractions in Udaipur are:
a. Lake Pichola
b. City Palace
c. Jag Mandir
d. Jagdish Temple
e. Fateh Sagar Lake
f. Lake Palace
g. Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum
h. Saheliyon ki Bari
i. Sajjangarh/Monsoon Palace