In December, I took a month long solo trip across Delhi, Ladakh and Rajasthan and I would not be exaggerating when I say that it was a life changing experience. I have taken solo trips before but this one was different. I cannot point to a reason specifically, but it was. I still remember the last day of my trip when I was in Udaipur. The rush of emotions I was feeling. Well, let’s keep that story for another time.
I am dedicating this post for an overview of travel across Rajasthan. The route and journey I took. When I was researching about the state, I found that not much information is available online in terms of public transport, state transport and commute in general.
So here is my post dedicated to helping you guys travel solo in Rajasthan, which I must say is one of the most hospitable places I have been to and I am in love with it.
I started my trip from Delhi, so I took a train to Jaipur, you can take a flight directly from wherever you are coming.
I took Shatabadi which cost me around 700 INR And took 4 hours to reach Jaipur. I was staying at Zostel Delhi which is at a walking distance from the Railway station and the train leaves at 6:10 in the morning. I stayed at Zostel Jaipur, A very beautiful property in the center of the pink city.
You can also try Moustache hostels which is a very good chain across Rajasthan.
Going from Jaipur to Pushkar is easy.
You get a direct bus from Sindhi Camp which is around 2 km from Zostel Jaipur and will cost around 20 INR to reach in a shared tuk-tuk ride. There will be a lot of buses from this depot. You can either take the direct bus to Pushkar or do a break journey and go to Ajmer and get into another bus from there. I took the direct bus which takes around 4 hours to Pushkar and the ticket cost is 120 INR for female traveler and 160 INR for male traveler
I again stayed in Zostel Pushkar which is one of the most beautiful Zostels I have stayed at and I have stayed in almost all of them. Few are left. Will tick them off soon It has a swimming pools for God’s sake. Beautiful common rooms and amazing hosts.
Again, very conveniently located.
Took a bus to Jodhpur too.
Zostel guys at Pushkar booked everything for me and were sweet enough to drop me at the bus stop at well.
The bus ticket was around 6oo INR and takes around 5-6 hours to reach. You can ask the owners of your accommodation or hostel and they will be more than happy to help you out.
In Jodhpur, I stayed at Hostel Lavie and it was magnificent. With the view of the majestic Mehrangarh in front of you I just sat on the terrace the for the day and chilled and enjoyed.
They had a top most terrace which they called Maharaja’s seat and believe me or not, that was where I spent my New Year’s Eve. With lit up fort in the front and fireworks all around, Hostel Lavie is a place where I am going back to.
Very conveniently located, Mehrangarh fort is a 10 min walking distance from the Fort.
You can stay at Zostel too which Is again a 3 min walk from Hostel Lavie. I found the location of Hostel Lavie better. Personal preference again.
Imtiaz bhai at Hostel Lavie Jodhpur booked the bus for me to Jaisalmer and arranged for an Auto in the morning. Told you, Rajasthan is the land of beautiful people.
The bus ticket was around 400 INR and took 4-5 hours to reach.
The auto till the bus stop costed me 50 INR as it was shared among 4 people. (Best part of staying in hostels).
Now, stay in Jaisalmer.
People, Zostel Jaisalmer is the place to be. A more than beautiful property in the Fort. This place is beyond anything you can imagine.
I fell in love with Jaisalmer.
Sometimes I would just sit at the outside common areas and you get the full view of the golden city.
The hosts are so warm and have a lot of stories to tell. Can’t fit in here, my love for Jaisalmer. Will write a separate post for that.
You can get the bus booked to Udaipur just by asking the Zostel guys there or any other accommodation you are straying at. It is that easy.
As this is a long journey, this was the most expensive ticket. It costed me 1200 INR and the bus was at 5:30 in the evening and you reach Udaipur next morning around 5:30 to 6:00. Very convenient. Just make sure, your stay is sorted when you reach there.
I stayed at Zostel Udaipur again. Have a long relationship with Zostel now Very centrally located and everything is at a walking distance from there. Also, there is an art school right next to Zostel. Make sure to buy some miniature paintings from them.
I flew out of Udaipur to Bangalore so that was an Uber ride to the Airport.
Please reach out to me in the comments section or drop me an email if you need any further information.
This blog is only dedicated to give a high-level commute convenience for backpackers. I will be more than happy to help. Helping fellow backpackers is what make me happy. I want people to go out, explore and take their own journey, so just use this as an inspiration and a helping guide if you are planning something and do feel free to reach out if any other information required.