The city of Udaipur is known for many things – as India’s City of lakes, the Venice of the East, the Kashmir of Rajasthan, and the most romantic amongst Rajasthan cities. The Indian sections of the 1983 James Bond series Octopussy were also filmed here in Udaipur. Boasting plenty of Mewar architectural wonders, more and more tourists are eager to come to this fascinating local in Rajasthan. To know more about getting to Udaipur, here are some useful facts to ensure a hassle-free itinerary.
Udaipur is situated at 24.58° North and 73.68° East, with an average elevation of 598 meters. It lies on the southern part of Rajasthan and is near Gujarat. The city boasts five major lakes, with most under restoration under National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP).
Udaipur City is easily accessible from any major cities such Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Ahemdabad. Because of this, getting to Udaipur is no problem as the city is well-connected by road, rail and air. It has an excellent network of paved road to make sure you have a comfortable journey. In terms of railways, the Udaipur Railway Station offers quality services for its passengers.
If you are getting to Udaipur by air, there is a local airport at Dabok called Maharana Pratap Airport, located in a satellite town around 20 kilometers from Udaipur. The airport serves a host of airlines such as Kingfisher Airlines, Indian Airlines and Jet Airways and scheduled flights connecting Udaipur with most Indian cities. As such, tourists can choose for air travel when planning for travel to Udaipur.
Besides air travel, another popular option in getting to Udaipur is by railways and roadways. The city boasts its well-maintained roads that make it convenient to travel by long-distance buses or cars around Udaipur and on neighboring states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh.
Udaipur is at the Golden Quadrilateral National Highway No.8, just midway between Mumbai and Delhi, and so it is connected to several popular cities like Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Jodhpur, and Ahemdabad. The easier road route is through either Ahmedabad (3.5 hours) or Jaipur (6 hours). Rajasthan tourism provides direct buses from the ISBT in Delhi to Udaipur. Sleeper, luxury AC buses and economical buses are readily available. Even taxis can be a good choice as they are everywhere and charge per kilometer.
When getting to Udaipur by train, the Rajasthan Railways links Udaipur station with all other Rajasthan cities. The Udaipur Railway Station is just four kilometers away from the city center. The Chetak Express links Udaipur to Delhi through Ajmer, Jaipur, and Chittor. Lake City Express runs from Udaipur to Jaipur via Ajmer and Chittor. You can also travel to this romantic city through the luxurious Palace on Wheels.
Are you planning to go to Agra? Getting to Agra by Udaipur is much better done via train, particularly when going to Fatehpur Sikri. Agra is situated almost east side of Udaipur. While a direct bus route from Udaipur to Agra is available, it can be a very long journey. It’s better to change your itinerary when traveling to Agra from Udaipur. You can take a direct overnight train from Udaipur to Jaipur or Delhi, and from there, take a bus to Agra. There are plenty of options to choose from in getting to Udaipur as this city is well-connected to different forms of transports.