Hey Fellas! Hope my blogs aren’t boring and it helps you to get the information needed whenever you visit those places. Request you to please keep showering all the positive/negative comments. Your feedback is always welcomed. So, this time I am writing this blog to share my experience about India’s quintessential land of Maharaja’s and medieval forts, palaces and yes! You got it right. It’s Rajasthan! The jewel crown of India.
I visited Rajasthan in the last week of October 2019 during Diwali with my Family. It was a 7 days trips. We drove all the way from Mumbai to Rajasthan covering places like Mount Abu -> Udaipur -> Jaipur -> Jodhpur. People who really like history and love visiting forts and palaces, then Rajasthan is a must visit place for you.
So I will be describing everything about my experience, hotel charges, from where you can do the shopping, distance and time take to travel from place to another. So keep reading…!!!!
Day 1 – 19th Oct, 2019 (Saturday)
Our first destination was Mount Abu and it was at a distance of around 730 kms from Mumbai. We had to complete this 730 kms in 13 hrs. We left from Mumbai around 10 am. We travelled from Mumbai to Surat then Ahmedabad and at last Mount Abu. We halted for lunch and snacks break. So if you are in Gujarat then you have to stop by a Dhaba and taste Sev Tomato sabji (Tomato cooked with Indian snack). It is very tasty and you can eat it with chapati, roti or rice. We reached hotel around 12 am. Before entering Mount Abu, we had to pay an entry fee of Rs.100. This amount has to be paid every time you enter their area so make sure that you don’t exit that gate every now and then. We had our dinner at hotel itself. The food was delicious. Have mentioned the hotel details in the end. With this, our day 1 ended.
Day 2 – 20th Oct, 2019 (Sunday)
We did our sightseeing in Mount Abu. We left around 10 am and first went to Dilwara temple. It was covered by all greenery around. We had our breakfast there itself and it was delicious. We also went to Nakki Lake where one can do boating. The beautiful lake was covered with hills on all the sides. To be honest, there is nothing much to see in Mount Abu so we decided to visit a temple. Normally youth like us don’t really enjoy visiting temples but one should definitely visit these temples if you are in Mount Abu. So we headed to Ambe Mata Temple which was at Abu Road 52.5 kms (1 h 31 min) form Mount Abu. It is actually located at Rajasthan-Gujarat border. It was a very clean temple and management staff was very humble. One will feel surrendered in front of the Ambe Maa. Overall, I felt good visiting the temple. Then we returned back and enjoyed the sunset at Toad rock which was yet another blissful place. Make sure you do all the sightseeing before 5 pm because these places normally gets closed before sunset. With this, our day 2 ended.
Day 3 – 21st Oct, 2019 (Monday)
We had to head Udaipur on this day which was at a distance of 163.2 kms (almost 3 hrs). We first went to a temple . I know it is quite boring to know that I have been visiting only temples but since it was a family trip so sometimes you have to visit where parents want to. By the time we reached there, the gates of temple were closed since it was 1 pm. We were felling quite famished so we decided to have lunch. We had this amazing Rajasthani Thali which had 4-5 types of veggies, roti, puri, rice, dal, papad, gulab jamun and lot of other delicacies. The gates got open by 3 am and we did the darshan. We left for Udaipur which was at a distance of around 1 hrs from the temple.
Our first sightseeing was Lake Pichola as we wanted to see the amazing sunset. The view was quite mesmerizing. The lake perhaps had some of the best hotels of India in and around it- The Taj Lake Palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas, The Leela and Jag Mandir. It’s amazing to take a boat ride here during sunset. Also, one can get a sunset view from the gardens of the Jag Mandir Island. You can see the amazing views of Pichola from above the ropeway. After that we went to Moti Magri to see the light show. If you are interested in history, then you should go there as there was a light and sound show on the life of Maharana Pratap and why is city called ‘Udaipur’. The view of the lake from the top was amazing of Moti Magri. This place was build in the memory of Chetak, the horse of Maharana Pratap so there is a statue of the same. To be honest, I didn’t really find this place much interesting as I am not a history person. After the show, we left for our hotel as it was evening and most of the places gets closed after 5 pm. With this, our day 3 ended.
Day 4 – 22nd Oct, 2019 (Tuesday)
We left early as we had to head to Jaipur and cover few more places in Udaipur. So, first we went to City Palace. City Palace was a well maintained and groomed place. There were horses which was very fascinating to see and the architecture was amazing and I really loved the way the palace was built. The amazing view of the lake was breathtaking. Then we visit next place which was Bagore Ki Haveli. The Haveli is on the banks of Lake Pichola. There was nothing much to see inside apart from gallery and beautiful structure. But I would recommend you to go in the evening as there are cultural shows at 7-8 pm displaying various dance forms practiced in different parts of Rajsathan. Then we headed to our next destination which was Jaipur. It is at a distance of around 394 kms from Udaipur which took us around 7 hrs to reach. We directly checked in to the hotel and took rest. With this, our day 4 ended.
Day 5 – 23rd Oct, 2019 (Wednesday)
We left from hotel for Jaipur sightseeing. First, we went to Jantar Mantar. It was a ‘sculpture’ garden that had many large scientific instruments which used to tell the date, the time and the movements of the planets. Not only are they incredibly accurate scientific instruments but also great works of architecture and sculpture too. It was an amazing experience. Walking round this beautiful place is best done with a knowledgeable guide. After that we went to Amber Palace. There were jeeps which takes around 400 – 500 Rs. to drop people from parking to the gate. We had to walk up to the hill to see the fort. There were elephant rides as well. Also, the view of the pink city from the top was a treat to watch. Then we went to Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) which was inside Amber Palace itself. It was truly a stunning spectacle to witness the intricate design and brilliance of the mirror tiles on the walls of the hall. I found the craftsmanship to be even more amazing than that of the Taj Mahal. We clicked lot of pictures to capture the beauty in camera. Then we left and on our way, we went to see Jal Mahal. The Mahal was half inside the water and half in the air. The reflection of the Mahal was seen into the water and it was blissful to watch the same.
Later, it was evening by the time we reached hotel. We wanted to do some shopping as Jaipur is known for it’s colorful clothes and jewelry. So me and my sister went to Hawa Mahal Bazaar and there were plethora of shops to buy clothes, jewellery. We purchased some traditional clothes and sarees. Don’t forget to bargain because the vendors know that we are tourist and they tend to say expensive price. Then we were feeling famished due to lot of shopping, so we decided to go to a cafe, so we went to The Tattoo Cafe & Lounge which was right in front of Hawa Mahal. Believe me, you should definitely visit this cafe because the view from the top was quite amazing. Hawa Mahal in front, view of Nahargarh fort at the top of the hills and the view of the pink city and since it was Diwali, the pink city was glazing with lights. We had pizza, cold coffee and juice. It was a pleasant experience to eat at the top which that beautiful view. Also, make sure that you do your shopping before 9’o clock because the shops gets closed before 9 pm. So, after our dinner, we left for our hotel in rickshaw. With this, our day 5 ended.
Day 6 – 24th Oct, 2019 (Thursday)
We woke up early as we had to travel to Jodhpur from Jaipur. It was at a distance 359 kms from Jaipur so it took around 6 hrs 30 mins for us to reach considering the halts. Jodhpur was one of the best cities I found in my journey because the traffic was very less though some roads were narrow but the city was clean and there was less traffic. We reached Jodhpur around 5:30 pm and wanted to visit Umaid Bhawan but couldn’t since it was closed. It is said that at night, the palace gets illuminated by lots of lights and it looks beautiful but alas! We couldn’t witness it as it gets closed by 5pm. So, we decided to go to the hotel and we left for the same. We checked in to the hotel and it was very beautiful. The hotel was a bit far from the main city but it had a garden wherein you can do some candle light dinner, a pool and beautiful rooms. We were happy as it was worth the money.
Day 7 – 25th Oct, 2019 (Friday)
On this day, we woke up quite late as we were a bit exhausted of too much travelling. We had only two places to visit and we had the entire day. So first we went to Mehrangarh fort. It is a well decorated fort and the view of the blue city from the top looked imposed from all sides. The entry charge is given at the end. Also, one can opt for audio or personal guide for which the rates were different. The place is well managed and so I would like to thanks the trust for a wonderful maintenance. We clicked a lot of pictures.
Then we headed to our next destination which was the Umaid Bhavan Palace. This is the place where Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas got married. The cost of staying in the palace is obviously very highly priced. We went to museum. 1/3 part of the palace is the museum, 1/3 part is the hotel and 1/3 part is where the Royal Family resides. It was neat, clean, well maintained, excellent architecture, good arrangements inside. Even painting and other collections were amazing. There were also some royal vintage cars of Maharaja’s for display within the property of the palace. Overall, it was a fine place to visit. If you don’t have time, then I would suggest to skip this place.
Day 8 – 26th Oct, 2019 (Saturday)
We woke up around 5:30 am as we had to leave for Mumbai. We wanted to reach Mumbai on that day itself. The distance from Jodhpur to Mumbai was 967 kms which we had to cover it in 18 hrs. We left by 6:30 and we had covered that distance in exact 18 hrs considering the halts for 4 hrs for snacks, lunch, dinner. Overall, it was just a car day. We reached Mumbai by 12 am.
Below are the hotel details with the price. Since we 5 people were there, we had to book 2 rooms so the mentioned price will be as per the 2 rooms. I had booked all the rooms from Goibibo. I compared the prices of these hotels on google and I felt that the price on goibibo was quite cheaper. So, I regularly use this app for hotel and flight bookings because I find hotels and flights at cheaper rate.
Please take a look below along with the reviews and experience:
Mount Abu: Hotel Topper’s Corner.
The rooms were wooden AC rooms. We had booked 2 rooms for Rs. 9915 for 2 nights. Rooms were good and clean. Also, we ate our dinner within the hotel itself so the food was really good. Also, the staff was really polite. There was a garden which had an amazing view of a lake. The hotel was all surrounded by greenery. I would suggest this hotel to you if you are planning to go to Mount Abu someday.
Udaipur: Hotel Shalimar Palace.
We had booked 2 rooms for Rs.4181 with breakfast. Firstly, this hotel is on the main road inside a small lane so there are parking issues. You have to park your car a bit far away. Also, this was an average hotel. There was only Poha, Idli, bread, tea/coffee for breakfast. For one day stay, it was fine but if you want to stay for more than a day, I wouldn’t recommend this hotel to you.
Jaipur: Fort Chandragupt.
We had booked 2 rooms for Rs.5497. The hotel was on the main road itself. Close accessible to market, pink city, bus station. The best thing I found about this place was the interior. It gave the typical Rajasthani culture’s feeling. The rooms, service and food was good. The rooms had the pictures of Rajasthani culture. Overall it was a nice stay.
Jodhpur: Treehouse raj bagh, a boutique heritage hotel.
We had booked 2 rooms for Rs. 8634. The hotel was a bit far away from the main city. The food was slightly expensive so we decided to have dinner out. The hotel had a swimming pool and the rooms were big, good and clean. The staff was polite. Overall, it was an average stay.
Below I’ll be listing the entry charges and other expenses of the places I had been to. The amount may vary depending on many factors like if you are carrying a camera then camera charges will be included, then if you are a student, sr.citizen, government officer, then the entry fee will be less. So, take a look below:
Lake Pichola: No entry fee but if you want to take a boat ride then it will cost around Rs. 400 per person for Adults and Rs. 200 for children. Sunset boat ride is around Rs.700 per person for Adults and Rs.400 for children.
City Palace Udaipur: Rs.30 per person for Adults and Rs.15 for children. Rs.200 for Camera Fee. Timings: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Bagore ki Haveli: Rs: 60 for adults and Rs.30 for children – For Indians. Rs.100 for adults and Rs.50 for children – For Foreigners. Rs. 50 for Camera/Video. If you want to enjoy the dance show, then the charges are different.
Moti Magri: Rs. 20 and Rs.10 for adults and child respectively – for Indians. Rs.50 per head for Foreigners. If you want to watch the light show then the price is Rs. 20 and Rs.10 for adults and child respectively.
Hawa Mahal: Entry fee for Indians: Rs. 50. Entry fee for Foreigners : Rs. 200. Visiting Hours – 9.30 AM – 5.00 PM
Jantar Mantar: Entry fee for Indians: Rs. 50. Entry fee for Foreigners : Rs. 200. Visiting Hours – 9.30 AM – 5.00 PM
Sheesh Mahal: Entry fee for Indians: Rs. 100. Entry fee for Foreigners : Rs. 550. Visiting Hours – 10:00 AM – 5.00 PM
Amer Fort: Entry fee for Indians: Rs. 100. Entry fee for Foreigners : Rs. 550. Visiting Hours – 10:00 AM – 5.00 PM
Nahargarh Fort: Entry fee for Indians: Rs. 50. Entry fee for Foreigners : Rs. 200. Visiting Hours – 10:00 AM – 5.00 PM
Mehrangarh Fort: Entry fee for Indians: Rs. 100. Entry fee for Foreigners : Rs. 600. Visiting Hours – 09:00 AM – 5.00 PM
Umaid Bhawan Palace: Entry fee for Indians: Rs. 30. Entry fee for Foreigners : Rs. 100. Visiting Hours – 10:00 AM – 04.30 PM
With this i will end my article here. Hope you enjoyed reading. Happy reading!!
Have you been to Rajasthan? Do you have any other tips for travelling heading that way? Comment below!