How to get from Udaipur to Chittorgarh when you’re backpacking North India?!
There are places to stay in Chittorgarh, but it can also make for a perfect day trip from Udaipur.
You can visit this UNESCO world heritage fort during the day, and then at the end of the day, you can relax with those lake views in Udaipur!
I made it a one day trip, and this is what it was like for me going from Udaipur to Chittorgarh… and from Chittorgarh to Udaipur!
Day trip from Udaipur to Chittorgarh:
Udaipur to Chittorgarh by bus
The road distance between Udaipur and Chittorgarh is short enough that it can make the government bus a reasonable option.
Driving time is around 3 hours.
But since it is a government bus, it also means that you just need to be mentally prepared for a crowded bus ride.
There may be times that you think more people cannot possibly fit on the bus.
And then the bus stops again to pick up more people and you wonder how those people out there will manage to get on the bus…
And somehow they all do get on the bus.
So just expect that you will get no personal space.
But the good news is that there are buses to Chittorgarh that start in Udaipur.
This means that you can be among the first people on the bus.
And THIS means that you won’t be subjected to standing for the whole ride – you are pretty much guaranteed a seat!
There are plenty of buses that depart for Chittorgarh throughout the day, so you can just show up to the Udaipur bus station and ask around about where to go.
You can also ask the guesthouse you’re staying at in Udaipur for guidance about the bus to Chittorgarh.
Chittorgarh Fort tour by rickshaw
When you get off the bus in Chittorgarh, you’ll likely have no problem finding a rickshaw driver who will want to take you to the fort.
I think the price I paid was around 500 rupees (US$7) for a rickshaw that included a drive around the Chittorgarh Fort grounds, and then to the train station at the end of the day.
If you don’t want the tour, you might be able to get a ride from the bus station to just the fort (and you’d walk around yourself) for maybe 50 rupees (less than US$1).
But you can probably expect to be attempted to be sold on the half day tour on your ride there.
I do like walking around expansive grounds (I made it a day to walk across 3 forts in Jaipur) but the grounds of Chittorgarh Fort are pretty big so it could be worth it to get a rickshaw for a few hours so you can cover more ground.
I arranged it so that I would start the rickshaw tour at the entry of Chittorgarh Fort because I wanted to walk up to the main area of the ruins.
This meant that I walked from the first gate at the bottom of the hill up through the various gates.
But even if you do get the rickshaw tour, DO expect to walk a lot.
You’ll be dropped off near the various attractions, but touring the different areas still requires a lot of walking.
Chittorgarh Fort in pictures: What you’ll see!
Chittorgarh to Udaipur by train
So, I decided to take the train to get back to Udaipur from Chittorgarh, instead of taking the bus.
When I first thought about doing this day trip to Chittorgarh, I was thinking I’d just take the bus both ways.
But then… that bus ride in the morning happened.
I don’t think that the bus FROM Udaipur TO Chittorgarh is that bad. (Although again you should be prepared to give up your personal space.)
But the reason it wasn’t bad was because I was able to get a seat.
And what was the BIG reason I was able to get a seat?!
Because that bus originated in Udaipur.
So I was able to be one of the first people to get on the bus.
The final destination of that bus was something like Ajmer or Jaipur, which is beyond Chittorgarh.
So, I figured that if I were to choose to take the bus FROM Chittorgarh TO Udaipur, it would be a bus that was coming from Ajmer or Jaipur.
That means there would be a good chance that I would be getting onto a crowded bus, and potentially be standing the whole time. (Although you could say there was the same potential when taking a general class train…)
So there was an evening train that goes from Chittorgarh to Udaipur.
My rickshaw driver knew about that train too, so he made sure to get me to the train station on time.
The general class train ticket from Chittorgarh to Udaipur was 55 rupees (less than US$1).
Since this was general class, it meant you could just show up to the train station to buy your ticket.
No reservations necessary in the days leading up to the train journey.
This does also mean though that there is a chance that you might not get a seat since there are not seat reservations.
But you very well might get a seat!
And the train ride between Udaipur and Chittorgarh is around 2 to 2.5 hours.
You can check train timings:
Okay, so that’s a day trip to Chittorgarh Fort from Udaipur!
What to do in Udaipur?!
Top 3 things to do in Udaipur
1. Visit City Palace
2. Go for a boat ride to an island palace
3. Eat at a restaurant with lake views
See more of the best places to visit in Udaipur in 3 days.
HAPPY UDAIPUR TO CHITTORGARH DAY TRIP!
- 3 days in Udaipur (city of lakes)
- 2 days in Jodhpur (blue city)
- 3 days in Jaisalmer (golden city)
- 3 days in Jaipur (pink city)
- 1 day in Agra
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More Zostels in Kerala:
Zostel is a top backpacker chain across India, and I've stayed at many Zostels in India! And outside of Kerala, if you'll be passing through Gokarna as you go from Goa to Kerala (here are options of how to get from Goa to Kerala!), then Zostel Gokarna is in an amazing location too! Here are pictures from the on-site cafe that overlooks the ocean.
Where to stay on the tourist trail in KeralaThese places basically go down the coast from north to south!
- Cochin: Try a homestay in the cute heritage area of Fort Kochi.
- Marari Beach: This is an "off-beat" location as Marari is mostly unknown to backpackers, but it can be a convenient stop to make between Cochin and Alleppey with chill laid back vibes. For an idea of what type of beach can be nearby, see my beach walk from Alleppey to Marari.
- Alleppey Beach:
- Funky Art Beach House again for chill vibes with a location among locals in a residential neighborhood
- And there's Zostel Alleppey too for another beach location to stay several days
- OR if Alleppey is a quick visit, try Dream Nest to be closer to town
- And see how to spend one day in Alleppey (short version: go for the backwaters village canoe tour instead of a houseboat!)
- Alleppey backwaters:
- Munroe Island: This is another generally kind of more off-beat location, and you can see a different part of the Kerala backwaters on a quiet island
- Varkala cliff:
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- Yoga retreats in Kerala
- Ayurveda retreats in Kerala - ayurveda is basically healthy living through natural herbs and remedies, and Kerala is the birthplace of ayurveda!
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Then the most convenient way to buy train tickets online is through this booking website. I've used it, and it's super simple! You buy the ticket, and then show the electronic version on your phone once you're on the train. Compared to buying directly through an Indian ticket booking website (IRCTC account required) or directly at the train station in India, there is a small convenience fee, as well as a less flexible cancellation policy, though!