Category : India
Udaipur is considered to be a very luxury destination but little do people know that the most romantic city is enriched with a past that still intrigues people from around the world. And, why to pay more when you can experience royalty under a budget?
My little sister and I planned a trip to Udaipur for 3 days and 2 nights around my birthday but we wanted it to be a budget trip. Below are the trip expenses and how we managed a trip to Udaipur in 7k. (INR)
Disclaimer: All these expenses were made by two people but I’ve mentioned what per person expense was and how you can cost cut if you’re traveling solo. Also, since we are Indians we had a different (and lesser) price for entry to palaces and forts. The rest remains the same.
Train from Delhi to Udaipur costs INR 1100 that leaves Delhi at 7 pm and arrives at Udaipur City railway station at 7 in the morning. This is when you book the tickets well in advance because general quota gets full very quickly. Tatkal tickets cost around INR 1500.
To save INR 400 (general quota was full), we booked a sleeper bus on our way back from Udaipur to Delhi in INR 1100 which took 12 hours to reach Delhi. The bus was comfortable and way better than traveling in railways. It had a private washroom, too. You can find the same bus by the name of RS Yadav Travels on redBus.
TOTAL COST OF TRAVELING TO UDAIPUR AND BACK = INR 2200
Accommodation is not as expensive as it seems. Of course, except if you stay in Taj or Udaivilas. I stayed at an extremely cool hostel – The Bunkyard. The best part about the hostel was that it has 4 floors, each floor has a balcony with a view of Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and Sajjangarh Fort. The design and interiors are done in a typical Rajasthani way. Its per night cost is INR 450. Also, what better way to explore a place with a bunch of like minded travelers?
TOTAL COST FOR 2 NIGHT STAY = 450 * 2 = INR 900
GETTING AROUND IN UDAIPUR
Ola and Uber in Udaipur cost cheaper than auto rikshaw but there’s a slight hitch. There are areas like Lal Ghat where cabs are not allowed, only autos are. Be prepared to walk if you wish to save money. Cabs can be easily found on the app and autos are readily available in almost all of Udaipur making it convenient for us to get around the city.
Our total cost of commuting within Udaipur was INR 640 which was divided by two.
Solo travelers can share cabs, autos, or hitch hike. Staying at hostel brings you closer to people with the same aim as yours i.e. to explore. Almost everyone at hostel wants to explore as much as possible by spending the least amount. Talk to people, get along, explore the city together, and save money.
So, TOTAL COST OF TRAVELING WITHIN UDAIPUR PER PERSON = INR 320
Food in Udaipur is pretty cheap. We mostly ate at the rooftop café at our hostel. I swear it had a stunning view, and food with a view makes the food taste even more delicious. A famous restaurant you must have food at is Ambrai which may cost INR 1500 for two. Being a budget backpacker, you can even your food expenses by having breakfast or lunch at a low cost restaurant or probably have maggi and chai. Save up for a dinner at the Ambrai Restaurant. It really isn’t that costly.
Our total expense on food was INR 2500 for 3 days.
TOTAL EXPENSE ON FOOD PER PERSON = INR 1250
The entry ticket for City Palace is INR 300 per person. (for Indians) For students, it’s INR 100. It’s mandatory to carry your student ID card to avail the discount. My sister is a Mass Communication student and luckily had college ID on her.
For Sajjangarh Palace or Monsoon Palace, entry is INR 60 per person. There’s a point above which you can’t take your own auto/cab. A government jeep takes you up to the palace and charges a nominal rate of INR 90 per person.
The distance from Udaipur to Chittorgarh is around 150 km and a taxi costs around INR 2500. Instead of traveling in a taxi, we talked to a few locals and got to know that we can reach there by train, too. The local train leaves at 9:30 am from Udaipur City station every morning. It will drop you at Chittor station in 3-4 hours in just INR 25. Locals in Udaipur are a little conservative but friendly.
Chittorgarh Fort is quite long and can’t be covered on foot. We met a local lady from Chittor in train. Chit chated for a while and that kind woman booked an auto for us in INR 400 for the whole tour of Chittorgarh Fort. Entry to the fort is for INR 30.
The train back from Chittor to Udaipur was an express one, so it charged INR 60.
Kumbhalgarh Fort is around 95 kms from Udaipur city. Buses do operate but those aren’t direct buses and they drop you till a village far from Kumbhalgarh. The best way to reach Kumbhalgarh fort is by cab. We enquired at a lot of tour offices and checked the fare at Ola outstation, too. None asked for less than INR 2200. Fortunately, staying at a hostel has its own perks. The hostel arranged a taxi for us in INR 1800 for the whole journey. Entry ticket for the fort is INR 60 per person.
TOTAL COST OF ENTRY TICKETS PER PERSON (INCLUDING TRAVELING TO KUMBHALGARH AND CHITTORGARH) = 200 + 150 + 255 + 30 + 60 + 900 + 30 = 1625
I hope by now you know how economical it is to explore the lake paradise of India.
TOTAL UDAIPUR TRIP COST PER PERSON
FOOD = 1250
ACCOMMODATION = 900
GETTING AROUND = 320
ENTRY TICKET = 1625
GETTING THERE = 2200
MISCELLANEOUS = 700
TOTAL = INR 6995
Enjoy and let me know in the comments below if you were able to make it in this budget or not!
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