Udaipur vs. Jaipur – Which is Better?
A trip to the vibrant state of India, Rajasthan, remains incomplete without a visit to Udaipur and Jaipur. However, if you are limited on time or just want to visit one city, read on to find out which one is better. It depends upon the taste of the traveller to choose between the two cities. Udaipur is ideal for someone who loves to spend time in a serene and peaceful atmosphere. In contrast, Jaipur is a city bustling with population. It is perfect for you if you find peace among the hustle-bustle of a city in the architecture and other significant things.
Both the cities offer spectacular things and are unique in their way. You will get a glimpse of the immense historical significance of Rajasthan present in both these cities. To understand which place will be the better choice for you to visit, I have compiled this guide from a traveller’s point of view without being biased towards one of the cities. Even if you are travelling solo, this guide will help you.
Udaipur – The City of Lakes
The former capital of the Mewar Kingdom is known to be one of the top cities to visit in the world! The way the city was built is a perfect amalgamation of nature, historical significance, and architecture. If you are travelling across the northern states of India, you must visit Udaipur. The rich culture of the city never fails to amaze you.
Take a day tour through the lakes around the city surrounded by Aravalli ranges. The lakes lend a romantic vibe to the city. And Lake Pichola tops the list of lakes in Udaipur! Also, the grandeur of the palaces and the intricate work of architecture make the city beautiful in every sense.
Jaipur – The Pink City
The capital city of Rajasthan is famous for its iconic architecture and forts. The mix of tradition and modernisation of the city attracts tourists from all across the globe.
It was the first city in India where I travelled solo. The city oozes royalty in every sense. The lip-smacking cuisine of the city is also why I fell for the city even more. The city glows in the luscious pink hue. One is bound to be mesmerised by the beauty of this city!
Which city is better?
There is neck and neck competition between Udaipur and Jaipur. Both the cities welcome you with open arms and are worth the visit. Thus, I have compared both the cities on the basis of a few points which are important for a traveller. These points will help you plan your trip to the city you find better.
Accessibility to the City
Udaipur: You can reach Udaipur via road, air, and railways. The city has its airport, located 25 kilometres away from the city centre. However, Maharana Pratap Airport of Udaipur only has domestic flights. This implies one will not be able to come directly from another country. You have to reach Udaipur via Delhi or Jaipur if you come from outside India. If you decide to reach the city by train, it becomes affordable and comfortable to travel. The nearest railway station of Udaipur is connected to all the major cities of India.
Jaipur: The capital of Rajasthan has an international airport named Jaipur International Airport. You can hop into a taxi or an auto-rickshaw from the airport to reach the easily available centre of Jaipur. If you are travelling from Delhi, a bus is a go-to option. Numerous buses are running daily between Delhi and Jaipur. Although, if you are one of those who loves a road trip, do not worry. Jaipur is within a driving distance of 4 – 5 hours from Delhi.
Major Attractions of the City
- The lakes of the city: The lake system of the city is the show stopper. Visit the islands within the lakes and experience royalty in a different style. You can also take a boat ride during the sunset and feel the city’s aura. Also, a walk in the evening beside the lake is full of tranquil vibes!
- The City Palace: Explore the City Palace of Udaipur. Walk through the pages of history and learn about the city’s culture. One can even watch the famous light and sound show in the evening.
- Visit the Shilpgram: You will be mesmerised to witness the amount of art and culture this city beholds. Watching the folk artists perform is the best part of your trip to Udaipur! The handicraft goods are a must-buy as a souvenir.
- Iconic Hawa Mahal: It is one of the most popular attractions of Jaipur. The Mahal has 900 small windows, and the intricate work is purely magical!
- Amber Fort and Palace: This place attracts tourists to Jaipur for its never-ending beauty. There are so many things to explore in this area that one day is not enough! You can visit the nearby forts from this place, as they hold historical significance.
- Nahargarh Fort: The stunning landscape and picture-perfect frames make this place one of the major attractions of the city. This is a place for you to fall in love with Jaipur!
- Jantar Mantar: Jaipur houses one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Jantar Mantar. It is the world’s largest sundial, and I bet you will be in awe of this place.
Best time to visit the city
Udaipur: In the summer season, it is difficult for you to explore the city during the daytime. Monsoon renders a romantic vibe to the city, and it is a great time to visit Udaipur. However, winter remains the best time to visit the city.
Jaipur: The summer and monsoon remain hot and humid. So it is not that bad if you plan a trip around this time. But winter is the ideal time for you to visit Jaipur!
Time Required to Explore the City
Udaipur: The city has an advantage over Jaipur on this basis. You can easily explore the city within two days. A weekend trip to the city always seems ideal. However, you can always extend your stay in the city according to your wish.
Jaipur: The city demands a minimum of 4 days to cover the major attractions without a rush. You can always adjust your number of days as you plan for the Jaipur trip.
Well, I hope this guide helps you discover which city you lean towards more. Once you decide, do not waste your time any further and plan your itinerary. Let me know in the comment section which city you like better – Udaipur or Jaipur and why?
Till next time, keep travelling, my fellow solo travellers!
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