Rajasthan has such colourful tourist cities in India, that it sometimes becomes a confusion to select which cities to tour. Take, for instance, Jaisalmer and Udaipur!! Both these cities are rich in heritage and royalty and are the best places to tour in Rajasthan. While Jaisalmer is situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, Udaipur is surrounded by Aravalli Hills. Jaisalmer is a desert citadel, while Udaipur is the City of Lakes. So let’s compare the attractions of both these cities and find out which one is better to tour in 2018 – Jaisalmer or Udaipur!!
Udaipur: Lake city of India
Udaipur is known for its scenic lakes like Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake, where you can go boating. There are breathtaking palaces like Taj Lake Palace and City Palace, which have impressive architecture. There are temples like the Eklingji Temple and Jagdish Temple, with ornate architecture. There are museums like the Crystal Gallery and Vintage Car Museum, and a crafts village called Shilpgram, where you can watch skilled artisans make ethnic handicrafts.
Jaisalmer: Golden City of India
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. There are vintage havelis like Nathmal-ki-Haveli and Patwon-ki-Haveli, with lavish interiors and splendid architecture. Gadisar Lake gives you an incredible scenic view of its surroundings. Bada Bagh has magnificent sculpted tombs of Rajput rulers. Sam Sand Dunes and Khuri are places where you can enjoy the desert safari and other outdoor activities.
Both these cities have heritage hotels, which once were royal residences of kings and queens. Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is an incredibly scenic palace. It is now converted into a heritage hotel having world class luxuries and modern amenities. Its architecture is outstanding and interiors are richly decorated with exquisite furnishings. Suryagadh in Jaisalmer is a heritage hotel having opulent interiors and world-class facilities. The hotel allows you to indulge in a range of activities like camping, camel safaris etc.
Desert Camps at Jaisalmer
Compared to Udaipur, you can do a lot of exciting activities in Jaisalmer. In the desert camps at Sam and Khuri, you can go for dune bashing, parasailing, paramotoring, quad biking, and other thrilling adventure activities. There are other more peaceful things to do such as going on jeep and camel safaris, overnight camping, star gazing, sitting beside a bonfire, enjoying folk dancers and scenic sunsets. You can also book desert camps in Jaisalmer Rajasthan from Santram Holidays, who are a New Delhi based tour firm, that arrange Jaisalmer tour package from Delhi.
Day Trips from Udaipur
In Udaipur, you can go on day trips and excursions to nearby places. There are the powerful fortresses of Chittorgarh and Kumbhalgarh, the Jain temples at Ranakpur and Delwara, or the Hindu temples like Eklingji temple, Saas Bahu temple or those at Nathdwara, which you can visit. You can go for jeep safaris in Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, or visit artisan’s village at Molela, or explore the rustic countryside around Udaipur on horseback.
Airports in Jaisalmer and Udaipur
The airport at Jaisalmer is open only in winter months, whereas the airport in Udaipur has flights operating all the year round. Udaipur, therefore, is easily accessible to tourists then Jaisalmer.