This blog is all about my road travel experience from Bangalore to Rajasthan. Very few would wish to travel by road to Rajasthan from Bangalore, but i suggest u to experience this if in case ur time and budget permits. But I assure you that u will have an amazing and memorable experience if u travel along with ur friends. We started our journey at 6 am and we took Pune Highway. As there is nothing interesting for travellers on the way, we reached Pune by 6 pm in the evening.
We spent the evening in Pune for shopping and in some nice restaurants. Next day we took Pune – Mumbai expressway. The drive in this highway was very pleasant and u can pass through many tunnels. Even the landscape around is quite amazing and u would surely enjoy this drive cause the roads are top class.
Have a look at this short video to get a sneak peek You can visit Khandala and other small hill stations en route and also taste the famous dry fruit chikki in Khandala. After visiting Lonavala and Khandala we proceeded our journey and entered Gujarat.
One must admit that Gujarat has one of the finest Highways. Be it the restaurants or the resting places, they are top notch.
After finishing our dinner we moved towards Udaipur and we reached Udaipur around 11 pm and took rest.
Next day we booked a local guide and started our Udaipur sightseeing. Udaipur is one of the most popular and clean city of Rajasthan. It’s a well planned city with presence of beautiful lakes throughout the city.
The presence of few World’s costliest Hotels only add to the vibrancy of the place.
You will have a lot to look around Udaipur and it’s advisable to start ur day early in case if u wish not to miss any.
The first place we visited in Udaipur was the monsoon palace located on the hilltop of Aravalli Hills. As the name suggests it was built to watch the monsoon clouds.
The Palace is located on hill top and give you a panoramic view of Udaipur city. If in case you are visiting this place in evening don’t miss the beautiful sunset view from here. You can also enjoy the view of Lake Pichhola from the top.
Next we visited Lake Pichola, an artificial lake named after the nearby Picholi village. It’s very popular because of its scenic beauty and also the presence of Lake Palace Hotel. There is a speed boating facility available at Lake Pichhola and its exhilarating.
Charges for Speed Boat – 200 to 300₹ per person.
Karni Mata Temple
This temple is located around a hill top near Lake Pichola. You can take a cable car to reach temple and the ride in Cabel car is enjoyable. You can get to see Udaipur city view
It’s a small temple with usually less crowd and you can spend some peaceful time in there.
So the next place we visited is the very famous City Palace in Udaipur. The city palace is a very impressive palace and probably the biggest in Rajasthan. It’s very beautiful and there is royalty present in every inch of the palace.
There is a lot to experience and explore inside City palace. There are numerous antique items and weapons.
I suggest you to spend more time inside this palace and I assure that you won’t regret.
It’s better if u hire a guide at the entrance of the palace. The guides here are well versed in English as well as Hindi.
You can also see the lake palace hotel from the top of the City palace.
Other major highlight inside the city palace is the Garden located at the roof of palace. It’s simply mind blowing for the engineering as well as beauty .
Also you can see some wonderful antique paintings on the walls inside the palace.
After Udaipur we visited Jodhpur. Jodhpur is a clean and peaceful place with few attractive palaces.
Mehrangarh is one of the largest fort in India and is a real engineering marvel. It also has a museum with very good collections.
You can also hear to some nice Local folk music inside the fort. You can experience this live music inside the fort.
Also you can see the blue painted houses in Jodhpur from the top of Mehrangarh fort and the view is amazing.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Next up in our list to see at Jodhpur was Umaid Bhawan Palace. Only a small part of this palace is allowed for public viewing and there is nothing much to see inside. But the palace view from outside is worth seeing.
After finishing Jodhpur we headed towards my most favourite place in all of Rajasthan i.e Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer is really an experience itself. You can see the desert in full glow and flow here. And dunes in Jaisalmer is amazing and breathtaking.
At Jaisalmer you will have lot of activities to do.
First is you chose to stay in desert camp in Jaisalmer. There are hundreds of tents available across Jaisalmer, so it’s advisable to thoroughly check and enquire about the various packages they provide before booking.
The desert camp packages starts from 1500 per head. Normally the package includes stay in desert camp, camel safari and Jeep safari.
Camel safari inside the desert is usually preferred in the evening times. At evenings you can also enjoy the beautiful sunset and the desert visual during the sunset time is breathtaking.
Jeep safari inside the desert is good at any time except noon. Early morning jeep safari is usually good cause of the pleasant weather conditions.
Tinot Mata Temple & Border
One strong reason you should not miss this place apart from the temple is the presence of India-Pakistan Border. Plz note that you need to take prior permission to visit the border area. You will truly enjoy the drive from Jaisalmer to Tinot Mata Temple and you get to see the interiors of Thar desert in this drive.
You would require one day to visit the temple and border but it’s really worth for ur time and money.
In my opinion Jaisalmer is the best place in Rajasthan for its variety and peace. The place is calm and less public activity everywhere. Also there is a fort present in Jaisalmer and we didn’t opt to visit this fort cause of its pathetic condition now. The area around fort is also not clean and so instead we opted to visit for Tinot Mata.
Jaisalmer war memorial
While going from Jaisalmer to Jaipur we visited this War memorial. It’s a nice place with a lot of armour vehicles used in India-Pakistan war are displayed. Also a tribute video for Indian soldiers is shown here. It’s a short video of 15 mins and highlights the sacrifices made by our Army soldiers.
So after Jaisalmer we headed back to bangalore en route Jaipur. I am not sharing any of our experiences in Jaipur cause we experienced a huge traffic jam and crowd everywhere in Jaipur during Christmas. We couldn’t visit any of the major places cause of this mad rush except Jantar Mantar and Jaipur city palace. But the experience in Jantar Mantar was good.
From Jaipur we came back to Bangalore via Mumbai. It took us two days for us to drive back from Jaipur to Bangalore. We stayed in Mumbai for one night and had a sneak peek of the Mumbai Nightlife.
We finished this road trip in Eight days and we drove around 6500 Kms. The best part of road trips is that you get to the see the local culture more closely and also the interior parts of those states. We crossed 4 states in total ( Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan ).
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