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Why You Should Hire a Car from Jodhpur to Udaipur

Most times, people take buses and trains and wouldn’t consider hiring a car. It’s a little different in India, where car hire can be quite cheap. I once took a mountain car ride through treacherous roads for 10 hours and paid a fee of 70 bucks that I split with my friend.

You MUST hire a car from Jodhpur to Udaipur, if you’re going to do it anywhere. It’s a gorgeous drive.

Extras You’ll Get to See:

hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

1. Kumbhalgarh Fort.

Here, you won’t want to stay the night unless you have lots of time to kill. You need about 2-3 hours to see the majority of the fort and you can hire a guide to teach you it’s history. This Mewar fortress is about 2 hours outside Udaipur (80 km). I didn’t spend time here, because Jodhpur is all about forts, and I was a little sightseeing out. There is a Hindu temple inside. It was built in the 15th century and people lived there until late in the 19th century. Pretty cool!


hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

2. Ranakpur Temple.

Located in Desuri Tehsil near Sadri town, in the Pali district, this temple is closed to non-Jains before noon. We got there early and had to wait. Jains are quite strict, so you can’t take in ANY leather, not even your purse. Make sure you are very covered up and leave your shoes at the door. There are some smaller temples here as well called “sun temples”.

You could stay for lunch, but you really only need an hour. This was built in the 14th century by a Jain businessman out of pure marble. There are 1444 marble pillars holding this temple up, and no two have the same design! This is known as the most spectacular Jain temple.

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hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

3. Dilwara Temples.

Just near Ranakpur, this was very cool to see. This is a Jain temple in a small village. Prayer is important on Mondays, so it’s quite packed then. This is 2.5 km from Rajasthan’s only hill station, Mt. Abu, and is a pilgrimage for Jains. There are 5 temples here.

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hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

hire a car between udaipur and jodhpur

4. Villages and Farms.

You’ll pass little monkeys, herds of cattle, and people is colorful saris and turbans. You can buy bananas on the side of the road and feed the animals if you wish, but the monkeys are a little feisty, especially the moms. You can also see the water-wheels drawn by horses or cows.  We even saw camels walking down the road.


More Tips & Safety

Of course you need to show your driver on a map the exact places you want to stop at. The worst thing is to underestimate what the driver is worth, which will make him feel under-appreciated. If you take a long time touring temples, you need to discuss that with your driver. Keep in mind, he will be waiting outside in the heat for you! You can ask your guesthouse for help with a finding a driver.

It’s best to find a friend to share a car with. When I was getting a car from Dharmsala to Amritsar, I put up signs and got 5 phone calls with people who wanted to share rides! Saved me tons of money. This is definitely a good option to try. If you don’t want to work it out yourself, you can look for Rajasthan tour packages on various sites and do you research to see which tour you prefer.

Always make sure you let someone know if you are going alone. Call ahead to your hotel letting them know your arrival time; do this in front of your driver. He’ll know someone is waiting on you and that you have a cell phone. Sometimes if I feel uncomfortable leaving my purse, etc in the car while I tour temples I will take a photo of the driver’s license plate. I let him see me do it so that he knows I could find him if need be! If you end up taking a train or bus in India follow these safety tips


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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Jessica of Curiosity Journeys April 29, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Why did I not do this? *Face palm* If I only would have known I totally would have hired a car and stopped along the way than taking a crazy, blaring-horn, sticky sweaty bus!

    • Rachel Jones April 30, 2014 at 2:22 am - Reply

      haha yeahhhh, well at least you know if you ever come back!!

  2. Rick April 29, 2014 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Absolutely spectacular scenery – I would book a very slow car to take that trip.

  3. Emily April 29, 2014 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I really want to go to that temple! It looks stunning!

    • Rachel Jones April 30, 2014 at 2:23 am - Reply

      I really appreciated these ones a lot too because it was near the beginning of my trip so I wasn’t “templed out”

  4. divya April 30, 2014 at 10:00 am - Reply

    We did hire a car for the whole trip… and saw all these places..Ranakpur was beautiful…and kumbhalgarh fort was spectacular at night..we did stay a night there.. :) ..Having a car gives you n advantage of stopping at all the places in between… and we loved doing that .. A wonderful post :)


  5. Dr. Satish July 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Hi. Rachel

    Great to see your review… I stumbled upon your website when I am planing my trip to Rajasthan. Amazing idea of taking a cab from Jodhpur to Udaipur stopping at Ranakpur. Can you pls share (email me) the cab service/ agent you booked on your trip.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Rachel Jones July 21, 2014 at 2:02 am - Reply

      Hi there, I actually met a friend and was tagging along with her, so I’m not sure where she booked- some office in Delhi, but she paid a very high rate. Better to find a cab driver in Jodhpur I think and negotiate down.

  6. [email protected] March 13, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply


    Currently struggling to work out the jodhpur-udaipur trip then found this post! How much did you pay for the taxi?

    Many thanks for your great posts!

    • Rachel Jones March 14, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Hi, It’s been ages – not sure. I remember one in the mountains that I paid 4,000 Rs for 8 hours so you can kind of base it off that I think :)

  7. Francesco Cunsolo September 1, 2016 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Rajasthan makes for nice drives, to bad your car hire has to stop at all his friends shops where they try and sell you everything .

    • Rachel Jones September 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Yeah that can be a pain, but you just have to be really stern. they won’t do it if you are – actually indian passengers would never let this happen because they are usually much more stern with drivers, while foreigners are more timid and feel bad being strict.

  8. Nemi Scott March 26, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    The Dilwara temple looks amazing, but on a map it says it’s a three hour detour off the road from Jodhpur to Udaipur. Did you just take the detour to see it?

  9. Jasmin Alstad July 5, 2017 at 1:36 am - Reply

    How do you go about renting a car? Are there places in Jodhpur or Udaipur to get them ?

    • Fariha Abedin August 14, 2017 at 3:47 am - Reply

      I second the question Jasmine asked. Also how much was it?

      • Rachel Jones August 14, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

        Hey! I honestly don’t remember it was so long ago – you can usually average about 1k Rs per one hour driving

  10. […] go by car is that the price included a 50 km detour to THREE stops which are pretty epic (you can read about them here in detail). This time we wanted to get there fast and I’d seen all these places before, so only stopped […]

  11. Declan February 8, 2018 at 4:07 am - Reply

    We are there in 4 weeks. Very excited!
    Just to be clear. When you say “hire a car”, you don’t mean Budget, Alamo, Avis!?. You mean hire a driver and a car, like a cab. Is that right? I was planning to do the latter.

    • Rachel Jones February 8, 2018 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Yes – the latter, hiring a driver and going in his car :) You won’t find actual car rental companies here like that, except some Indian ones but I don’t recommend them

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