Udaipur and Jaipur both are famous cities of India. Rajasthan, one of the most colourful and distinct states in India. A major part of Great Indian Desert lies in this state of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is full of culture, architectural heritage also known as the state of palaces and forts. It reminds us of various kingdoms that ruled the area.
I have been to a couple of cities in Rajasthan and this blog is purely based on personal choice preference. Jaipur and Udaipur are among them. So, I will always suggest people go visit the option much farther than Jaipur, almost double the distance *Udaipur*. Just read below to know why. Though I would not hesitate a bit in saying that Jaipur gets more footfall then Udaipur.
Few of the reasons Jaipur gets more footfall are :
- It’s near to Delhi(280 km), Udaipur is 600+ km
- No matter whichever option you choose commute till Udaipur will be expensive when compared to Jaipur.
- You can also there by train, as a number of trains go to Jaipur. On the contrary, only two trains go to Udaipur.Indian railways booking system which is so polluted by agents that you would not even see a ticket available for coming month or two in any of the classes except Non AC Sleeper. Must be 100+ on the waiting list.
But after being to both of them. I took this decision of going to Udaipur again anytime, any day but not Jaipur.
Udaipur is much much cleaner then Jaipur, that is actually implied as cleanliness is most of the time inversely proportional to the footfall in that area. Streets of Udaipur are very clean. In fact, it is less congested than Jaipur, so much easy for pedestrians to walk around the city.
Affordable travel and lodging
When I say affordable, it is a comparative statement. Cheap when compared with Jaipur where stays, food and even souvenirs are overpriced. I stayed at an above average hotel and it cost me around 1500-2000 with some discounted deal. I, in fact, checked in a bit early as I went there by train and two trains go to Udaipur from Delhi, both of them reach around 7 AM. So they allowed early check in a spare room
Cultural events like the one below are common, in several parts of the city. Again I would say such events still hold their local culture very well, not very crowded and most importantly affordable. Dharohar Folk Dance, Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur is one of my favourites.
Perfect romantic lakeside dinner spots
So, this is something which can’t be compared with Jaipur anytime. As Udaipur is the city of lakes. Udaipur has a handful of good candlelight/cabana dinner spots alongside the lake which could really make one romantic dinner date exotic. They are slightly expensive but now like one couldn’t afford it. So, I went to Upre which is next to Lake Pichola offers such exotic panoramic views from the rooftop. Also city can offer great romatic spots to capture memories.
Udaipur has a lot better weather than hot and humid Jaipur, that’s is due to a number of lakes this city has.
Small and beautiful city
Udaipur is a small city. You can completely go from one end to another in an hour or less than that. I mostly travelled using Uber and believe it the fare for UberGo was less than 150rs every time.
It is not over commercialised
Let me elaborate this statement a bit. I mean to say that Udaipur has still not as much as commercialised as Jaipur. It has relatively very less number of tourist traps. So you can travel well, shop and enjoy hassle-free without any worries of tourist traps, unlike Jaipur. Maybe this experience is very personal, but that is what I am writing here my personal experience.
Perfect mix culture
You can find a lot of hip cafes in here, amidst the lakes, ancient architecture, cultural centres and temples.
City of Lakes
Udaipur is also called the city of Lakes.t is also known as the City of Lakes. The Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are some of the most beautiful lakes in the state. Many of the palaces are luxury hotels now.