Jaipur or Udaipur: Which is a better tourist destination?

Comparing the two crown jewels of Rajasthan

Jaipur and Udaipur are the two most famous cities of Rajasthan, known for their history, art and culture. Both have splendid views, historical relevance and the old world charm. They each have unique characteristics, making them an excellent choice for your next trip. Before passing on a judgement, let’s look into the nitty gritty and find out which city is a better tourism destination.

Amer Fort Jaipur

Major attractions: Jaipur vs Udaipur

Both Jaipur and Udaipur are famous for their forts, palaces and museums. Jaipur’s iconic sites like Amer fort, City palace, Jal mahal, etc. are prime examples of beauty at their best and a combination of European, Mughal and Hindu architecture. Centuries-old observatory Jantar Mantar, vastu-inspired gated city, Hawa mahal, war fort Jaigarh, etc. also serve as the main points of attraction.

Hawa Mahal

On the other hand, Udaipur, the lake city’s main attraction, are the freshwater lakes which make it look splendid. The City Palace of Udaipur is a classic combination of European and Chinese architecture. The City Palace, the Lake Palace, Jagmandir, Monsoon palace, Sajjangarh fort, Fateh Sagar lake, Saheliyon ki bari, Sukhadiya circle, crystal museum, etc. are some of the prime tourist attractions in Udaipur.

Udaipur

Enticing Activities to do in Jaipur and Udaipur

Jaipur Tour:

  1. You can enjoy an elephant ride to Amer fort and camel rides around Jal Mahal Palace. 
  2. Book a sky waltz hot air balloon ride to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city.
  3. Leopard safari at the Nahargarh Leopard Reserve can be the next best thing to do during your next trip to Jaipur. 
  4. You can also indulge and learn the famous Rajasthani art forms with award-winning artists. The art of Blue pottery, Meenakari (enamelling) on silver, Lac work jewellery making, and Kathputli making are some of the world-class art experiences you can enjoy in Jaipur. 
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Udaipur Tour: 

  1. Boat rides in the famous lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar, or Jaisamnd lake to watch beautiful sunsets around the lush green Aravali mountains are a must-do activity during your Udaipur visit.
  2. Take the Ropeway to seek blessings of Karni Mata Temple.
  3. Visit the Sajjangarh wildlife century.
  4. Get insight into local handicrafts at Shilpgram or take an art experience with a masterclass by Rajasthan studio, and bring a self-made souvenir to remember your trip forever. 
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Jaipur or Udaipur: Ease of travel

Jaipur, a capital city and a part of the golden triangle, is well-connected to national highways and major train routes, and has a fully functional international airport. While you are in the city, you can opt for government or private buses, take private taxis or drive yourself in Jaipur. You can use apps like Uber, Ola or Rapido to book cabs or bikes and rent private vehicles to roam around the city. 

Udaipur is also well connected through national highways and train routes. It has a domestic airport, almost 25 km from the city, with connecting domestic flights to major Indian cities. If you are travelling internationally, you can reach Udaipur via Jaipur or New Delhi. The city does not have a proper taxi network, so you need local cabs or autos to travel around the city.

Best time to visit Jaipur or Udaipur

Jaipur, being a capital city, is full of hustle and bustle, fast-paced city life, malls, and nightclubs. Udaipur is a more serene, green, romantic and peaceful city. Since Rajasthan is a desert state, summers are hot and humid and not always ideal for tourists, so winters are the best time to visit Jaipur city. The best time to visit Udaipur city is during and after the monsoon to enjoy the lush green landscapes and lakes.

Conclusion

The discussion about Jaipur vs Udaipur has been an ongoing debate for centuries. Even the old rulers of the cities tried to make one city stand out from the other. These two cities have different fanbases. 

If you gravitate towards city life and are a history buff, Jaipur is the ideal choice. For someone looking for peace, tranquillity and an escape from city life, Udaipur is an ideal choice. Both these cities are crown jewels of Rajasthan and these marvels will definitely mesmerise you with their beauty on your next trip to Rajasthan.