Rajasthan is a state named as the Land of the Kings and is often regarded to be synonymous with royal palaces, ancient forts, and warm hospitality. However, Rajasthan tourism is much more than visiting these places and shopping around the markets. To enjoy the true essence of the state, you must take a road trip in the state and visit places like Jaisalmer, Mount Abu, etc.
Given that most of the tourists come from far off places to enjoy a trip to Rajasthan they travel by air or by trains. Once you arrive in the state, a road trip would give you the best possible experience whereby you can hop from one place to other by renting a car or hiring a cab.
Here is a brief guide to take road trips in Rajasthan that would make your traveling experience memorable:
First, arrive in Jaipur through whatever means of transport you choose. Since there are numerous places to visit in Jaipur, you would need to spend around 2 to 3 days in the Pink City to take a complete tour of the historical sites.
1. Once you are done touring the capital city, head to Jodhpur by road and you can also stop by at places like Pushkar and Ajmer which would take you less than three hours. Here you can visit religious sites like Ajmer Sharif Dargah and the famous Brahma temple in Pushkar.
2. The distance between Jaipur and Jodhpur is 335km and if you start early from Jaipur you would easily reach Jodhpur by evening, including the time you spend at Pushkar and Ajmer.
3. Jodhpur would need time to be explored so you can plan a stay and visit lovely monuments like Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan, Mandore Garden, etc. In around 1.5 to 2 days, you can complete your Jodhpur trip.
4. After this, start early towards Udaipur and you would be greeted with wonderful places on the way like Ranakpur Jain Temple and Kumbalgarh Fort. It would take the whole day to reach the Udaipur city.
5. Once in the city, you would need at least 2 days to visit the tourist places of Udaipur including the lake Pichola, the City Palace, etc.
If you are just interested in places nearby Udaipur, you can eliminate Jaipur and Jodhpur and arrive straight to Udaipur by air. Once here you will have two options, either head to Chittorgarh which is just 2 and a half hour ride or take a ride to Mount Abu westwards from the Lake City that would take not more than 3 hours.
Chittorgarh is located 120 kms away from Udaipur and the roads are well maintained. On your way, you would find several spots ideal for nature photography owing to the presence of Aravalli range extending to the outskirts of the Lake City. Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India and holds historical significance.
Located 160 kms from Udaipur is Mount Abu and the commute via NH76 would ensure that you would enjoy with much ease and comfort as the roads are in a quite good condition. Mount Abu is the only hill station of Rajasthan and you are guaranteed to find some amazing scenic beauty on your way. The lakes, the hills, the temple; everything is a treat to watch at this place, not to forget the beautiful sunset point that gives a picturesque view of the mountains.