Udaipur-TravelGuide-MPS-Apr09

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A travel guide to Udaipur, the Venice of the East!

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Venice of the East:

Venice of the East Udaipur

Long Road to Eden:

Long Road to Eden

Driving Directions: Udaipur:

Driving Directions: Udaipur Total distance from Delhi to Udaipur is 725 Km: 225 (until Jaipur/Chandwaji) plus 500 (Chandwaji to Udaipur) Chandwaji to Kishangarh = 133 Km (2 hours) Kishangarh to Bhilwara bypass = 144 Km (2 hours) Bhilwara bypass to Chittorgarh bypass = 66 Km (1 hour) Chittorgarh bypass to Udaipur = 160 Km (2 hours) Total travel time from Jaipur to Udaipur is 7 hours plus any major stoppage time for Lunch, etc. All three NH are superb. Cruise speed is 90 Kmph and average velocity is 75 Kmph. Petrol pumps are no problem at all. However, for premium petrol/diesel look out for good punps at Chomu, Dudu, Kishangarh and Bhilwara bypass. Petrol is costlier in Rajasthan than Delhi and Haryana. Google Map Link: < http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=New+Delhi,+New+Delhi,+Delhi,+India&daddr=NH+76+to:24.846565,74.245605+to:Udaipur,+Rajasthan,+India+%4024.5271348225978,73.6962890625&geocode=%3BFRjUewEdJOJyBA%3B%3BFR9BdgEdIYRkBA&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=2&sz=6&via=1,2&sll=25.145285,70.883789&sspn=8.962693,14.150391&ie=UTF8&ll=27.80021,75.124512&spn=8.758934,14.150391&z=6 > More simply, follow these directions: After you cross Shahpura and Manoharpura toll gate on Delhi-Jaipur highway (NH8), at Chandwaji, climb the new Jaipur-Ajmer highway. This is world’s longest ring road and bypasses entire Jaipur and suburbs. This is NH-8. Keep driving via Chomu and Dudu until you reach KISHANGARH toll gate. Here, TAKE LEFT towards NASIRABAD and BHILWARA. This is NH-79. You will bypass BHILWARA and drive towards CHITTORGARH. Now, just before the bifurcation towards CHITTORGARH town to your left, TURN RIGHT on NH-76 towards UDAIPUR. PLEASE!! Look out for vehicles coming in the wrong lane towards you and also for pedestrians crossing almost everywhere. Slow down to 40-50 Kmph at town and village crossroads. One small mistake can ruin your trip!

We stopped on the outskirts of Jaipur for a good nights rest before the long drive to Udaipur. This lovely rustic charm is called “Desert Trails” and familiar to many BBA folks! You can talk to Mr. Sanjay Kaushik (9811175332) for reservations. Tariff including breakfast, tea and soft drinks is around INR 3000 per night. Huts are very clean and big enough to easily accommodate 2+2 children. :

We stopped on the outskirts of Jaipur for a good nights rest before the long drive to Udaipur. This lovely rustic charm is called “Desert Trails” and familiar to many BBA folks! You can talk to Mr. Sanjay Kaushik (9811175332) for reservations. Tariff including breakfast, tea and soft drinks is around INR 3000 per night. Huts are very clean and big enough to easily accommodate 2+2 children. Delhi to Jaipur Day1: 3 rd April 2009

We stayed at the popular Hotel Hilltop Palace. Good clean hotel with swimming pool and great view of Lake Fateh Sagar. Ask for lakeview rooms on the top floor e.g. 505. Tariff was INR 2500 per night per room, negotiated down from INR 3300. Breakfast is extra. Tea is expensive @ INR 50 per cup! May be you can go for with-breakfast package. Talk to Mr. Uday (0294-2432245) for reservations. :

We stayed at the popular Hotel Hilltop Palace. Good clean hotel with swimming pool and great view of Lake Fateh Sagar. Ask for lakeview rooms on the top floor e.g. 505. Tariff was INR 2500 per night per room, negotiated down from INR 3300. Breakfast is extra. Tea is expensive @ INR 50 per cup! May be you can go for with-breakfast package. Talk to Mr. Uday (0294-2432245) for reservations. Jaipur to Udaipur Day2: 4 th April 2009 Room 505

We reached Udaipur late in the afternoon (5 PM) but still had time to go to Sajjan Garh fort, which is located on the the highest of the hills surrounding the city. It offers splendid sunset views on one side and the Udaipur city with the two great lakes on the other. Stay until city lights come on for time of your life! :

We reached Udaipur late in the afternoon (5 PM) but still had time to go to Sajjan Garh fort , which is located on the the highest of the hills surrounding the city. It offers splendid sunset views on one side and the Udaipur city with the two great lakes on the other. Stay until city lights come on for time of your life! @Udaipur: Sajjan Garh Fort Day2: 4 th April 2009

In the morning, we visited City Palace. Fabulous place. 90 minutes. Very good quality audio tour available. Then, we took the Fateh Prakash, Lake Pichhola, Jagmandir and Vintage Cars package (INR 850 apiece but worth it!). This includes visit to Crystal Gallery, tea and snacks at Darbar Hall, boat ride on Pichhola, etc. 2-3 hours. In the evening, we visited Shilp Gram, a Surajkund crafts mela wannabe. Later, my wife stocked up on cotton suites (bandhni, tie and dye) at Cotton Plaza at the Haathi Pole market. :

In the morning, we visited City Palace . Fabulous place. 90 minutes. Very good quality audio tour available. Then, we took the Fateh Prakash, Lake Pichhola, Jagmandir and Vintage Cars package (INR 850 apiece but worth it!). This includes visit to Crystal Gallery , tea and snacks at Darbar Hall , boat ride on Pichhola , etc. 2-3 hours. In the evening, we visited Shilp Gram , a Surajkund crafts mela wannabe. Later, my wife stocked up on cotton suites (bandhni, tie and dye) at Cotton Plaza at the Haathi Pole market. @Udaipur: City Palace, Lake Pichhola, Vintage Cars, Shilp Gram, Shopping for cotton suites Day3: 5 th April 2009

Driving Directions: Ranakpur & Mt Abu:

Driving Directions: Ranakpur & Mt Abu Total distance from Udaipur to Mt Abu is 187 Km. However, Ranakpur is off NH76 after Gogunda and considerably adds to the distance. Udaipur NH76 to Ranakpur = 93 Km (2 hours) Ranakpur to Sirohi via Sanderao = 104 Km (2.5 hours) Sirohi to Abu Road NH14 = 66 Km (1 hour) Abu Road/Taleti to Mt Abu = 21 Km (45 minutes) Follow these directions: In Udaipur, catch NH76 via Sukhadia Circle. 6 Km after Gogunda, keep an eye for right turn for Ranakpur. Get off the highway and travel via Jaswant Garh and Saina to Ranakpur. From Ranakpur, travel on towards Sanderao via Sadri and Falna. Sanderao is the T point on Sirohi-Pali highway NH14. Take left for Sirohi. At Sirohi, drive to Pindwara (ghat road ends here). NH 14 is 4 lanes hereon. On NH14, after about 40 Km from Pindwara, look out for right turn for Mt Abu (underpass). Climb the mountain road for Mt Abu (21 Km) PLEASE!! Look out for vehicles coming in the wrong lane towards you and also for pedestrians crossing almost everywhere. Slow down to 40-50 Kmph at town and village crossroads. One small mistake can ruin your trip!

Ranakpur has fabulous Jain temples made out of grey stone. You need to take a detour off the NH76 at Gogunda and travel around 48 Km to Ranakpur via Jaswant Garh and Saina. Total 93 Km from Udaipur. 3 hours. Well worth the bother! Will take you 1-2 hours to savour the beauty of the temple complex.:

Ranakpur has fabulous Jain temples made out of grey stone. You need to take a detour off the NH76 at Gogunda and travel around 48 Km to Ranakpur via Jaswant Garh and Saina. Total 93 Km from Udaipur. 3 hours. Well worth the bother! Will take you 1-2 hours to savour the beauty of the temple complex. Udaipur to Mt Abu via Ranakpur Day4: 6 th April 2009

Mt Abu is Rajasthan’s only “hill station”. Not really in the class of Shimla or Manali but it has a simle charm of its own. Distinguishing feature are the Nakki Lake and the breathtaking Delwara Temples. At Mt Abu, we stayed at Cama Rajputana Club Resort (CRCR) close to the Raj Bhawan. Great place! Tariff INR 3500 per night per room. You can talk to Mr. Mathew (0297-4238205) for reservations. :

Mt Abu is Rajasthan’s only “hill station”. Not really in the class of Shimla or Manali but it has a simle charm of its own. Distinguishing feature are the Nakki Lake and the breathtaking Delwara Temples . At Mt Abu, we stayed at Cama Rajputana Club Resort (CRCR) close to the Raj Bhawan. Great place! Tariff INR 3500 per night per room. You can talk to Mr. Mathew (0297-4238205) for reservations. @ Mt Abu Day5: 7 th April 2009

After a ceremonial round of the Nakki Lake and visiting the Lover’s Point, we straightaway went to Guru Shikhar, the highest point in Aravalis. It has India’s only infrared solar observatory and offers great views of the surrounding plains. Then it were the breathtaking Delwara Temples. My word! it feels great to be an Indian!! Photography is prohibited. Later, in the evening, to the Sunset Point. Beautiful!! :

After a ceremonial round of the Nakki Lake and visiting the Lover’s Point , we straightaway went to Guru Shikhar , the highest point in Aravalis. It has India’s only infrared solar observatory and offers great views of the surrounding plains. Then it were the breathtaking Delwara Temples . My word! it feels great to be an Indian!! Photography is prohibited. Later, in the evening, to the Sunset Point . Beautiful!! @ Mt Abu Day6: 8 th April 2009

Driving Directions: Mt Abu to Jaipur:

Driving Directions: Mt Abu to Jaipur You can either travel back to Udaipur via NH14 and NH76 and then by NH79 and NH8 back to Jaipur, or via NH14 to Sirohi-Sanderao-Pali-Beawar-Kishangarh and then take NH8 beyond Kishangarh to Jaipur. We chose the latter but did not like it too much because of 2 lane road (no divider) and just too many trucks. Use this route only if you need to go to/come from Jodhpur/Jaisalmer via Pali. Total distance = 582 Km Total time = 12 hours! Follow these directions: From Mt Abu, travel back to Pindwara-Sirohi-Sanderao (same route as you came) At Sanderao, keep going straight on NH-14 for Pali and Beawar. At Pali bypass keep right towards Beawar. (Left for Jodhpur/Jaisalmer) At Beawar, bypass the town and drive towards Ajmer and Kishangarh. Ajmer bypass has 3 level crossings!! Can be a real pain with long queues of trucks. After Kishangarh toll gate, join NH8 to reach Jaipur. PLEASE!! Look out for vehicles coming in the wrong lane towards you and also for pedestrians crossing almost everywhere. Slow down to 40-50 Kmph at town and village crossroads. One small mistake can ruin your trip!

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Where to eat Highway food is generally NOT OKAY. Do sample it first before ordering! Tea is great almost everywhere!! At Udaipur, dinner was good at hotel Hilltop but breakfast not so. You can eat at Hotel Berry on Chetak Circle, or at Saffire and Sankalp at Suraj Pole. Pole = Traffic light or gate At Mt Abu, Pav Bhaji is staple diet. However, food at Chacha restaurant was very good. Breakfast at Arbuda restaurant was good (North & South Indian). Cama Resort food was fab though tad expensive.

What we missed…:

What we missed… Nathdwara and Ekling Ji temples around Udaipur. These are on a different route than Ranakpura. Takes about 2 hours from Udaipur. Spending more time almost everywhere: Sajjangarh Fort sunset, Pichhola, Mt Abu…

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