Uncovering the Jewels of Rajasthan – 3 destinations in 4 days

Rajasthan, the land of the Maharajas, is widely acknowledged for its impeccable beauty. From spending time at the lake city of Udaipur to visiting the blue city of Jodhpur, from enjoying a desert safari at Jaisalmer to going for a nature walk in Mount Abu, travellers have a lot to indulge in at this unique destination.

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This itinerary includes three main destinations of Rajasthan; Udaipur, Mount Abu and Jodhpur.

Start Location: Gurgaon
Travel Mode: Car

Day 1: Arrival at the Lake City of Udaipur | Explore Udaipur

Tagged as the most romantic destination in India, Udaipur is sure to woo your heart. From tranquil boat rides to the bustle of ancient bazaars, from majestic forts and palaces to small quaint cafes, the destination is no short of attractions.

Time Taken: 10 hours 40 minutes (2 leisure stops)
No. of Toll Gates: 12
Amount paid for toll: INR 715 (one side)

On arrival at Udaipur, spend one entire day to visit palaces and indulge in below-mentioned activities.

Places of Interest

City Palace Udaipur

Set on the banks of Pichola Lake, City Palace is among the biggest palaces of Udaipur. The palace was built over a period of nearly 400 years, with contributions from various rulers of the Mewar dynasty. Have a look at the pictures —

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Entrance: Bara Pol or the Great Gate
Ticket Cost: INR 300 (City Palace Museum) + INR 450 (Boat ride on Lake Pichola + Jag Mandir Tour) per person
Tip: You can club the tickets for City Palace, Boat Ride with a half hour stop at Jag Mandir and Crystal Gallery Tour.
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM

Jag Mandir

Built on an island of the scenic Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir is among the must-visit attractions in Udaipur. An entrance flanked by stone elephants welcomes visitors to this palace, starting the visit on a beautiful note. Other than an ornate 17th-century tower, a small exhibit hall, the Gol Mahal, and a garden, there are suits for guests to enjoy a royal stay.

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Image Courtesy: Shishir Verma

Tip: Stay as long as you want before taking a boat back. The last boat for the palace leaves at 6 pm.

Jagdish Temple

Located just outside the entry gate of City Palace, Jagdish Temple is a major monument and an important religious site in Udaipur.

Timings – 5:00 am to 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm (all days)

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Fatehsagar Lake

Fatehsagar Lake is an artificial lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur. The lake consists of three islands, the largest one of which is the Nehru Park, a major tourist attraction. The other two islands include a solar observatory and public park with an impressive water-jet fountain.

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You can also enjoy a camel ride around the lake.

4 must-have experiences —

1- Boat ride on Lake Pichola
2- Dharohar Folk Dance at Bagore ki Haveli ( 7 to 8 PM)
3- Shop for silver jewellery, sarees and handicrafts at Hathi Pol Bazaar and Chand Pol.
4- Spend some leisure time at Gangaur Ghat.

Day 2: Travel from Udaipur to Mount Abu

Time Taken: 3.5 hours (approx.)
No. of Toll Gates: 3
Amount paid for toll: INR 160
Entrance Ticket: 200

Mount Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan, is widely appreciated for its peculiar beauty. The spiraling roads leading to this hill station are scenic and catches everyone’s attention. Offering a respite from the scorching desert heat, the destination is often referred to as the ‘Oasis of the Desert’.

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Places to Visit: Dilwara Temples, Nakki Lake and Sunset Point
Must Do: Enjoy a boat ride on the Nakki Lake
Tip: Highway from Udaipur to Mount Abu has fewer food options. Carrying light snacks along will be a good option.

Day 3: Leave for Jodhpur

Time Taken: 5 hours (approx.)
No. of Toll Gates: 3
Amount paid for toll: INR 225

Jodhpur, known as the Blue City, is home to one of the most majestic forts of the country- the Mehrangarh Fort. This mighty fort, towering the blue city, is an architectural masterpiece and offers sensational views of the surrounding regions. The beautiful city wall divides the city into two parts – Old and New Jodhpur. Getting the modern day vibes while witnessing the old world charm is an experience to behold.

Places to Visit

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace is divided into three functional parts – the residence of the royal family, a luxury Taj Palace Hotel, and a Museum. The grand palace is set in an area of about 26 acres with 15 acres of gardens.

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Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM
Entrance Charges: INR 30 for Indians

Day 4: A visit to the Mehrangarh Fort

Start the day with a visit to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Built by Rao Jodha in the year 1959, the fort is widely appreciated for its splendid architecture. It is situated 125 metre atop a hill and is spread across an area of 5 km. The panoramic view of the Jodhpur city from this fort is sure to mesmerise the visitors.

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Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: INR 100 per person
Guide Fee: INR 300 (1 to 4 pax) (elevator fee included)

Jaswant Thada

A Rajput Clan Memorial, Jaswant Thada is a white marbled architecture located close to the Mehrangarh Fort. Built in the 19th century, the structure epitomises excellent architectural work.

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Timings:
9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fees: INR 30
Guide Fees: INR 100 (1 to 4 pax)

After exploring both these architectural masterpieces, start your journey back home or spend one night at Jodhpur and begin your journey the next day.