Traveling To Udaipur During Covid

What To Keep In Mind When Traveling To Udaipur During Covid

In the shadow of the mighty Aravalli Ranges lies Udaipur, a city that is steeped in the valiant history and grandeur of the Rajputs, and with a culture that’s colorful and vibrant. There’s a lot to see and do here. But is traveling to Udaipur during Covid a good idea? Well, traveling anywhere during Covid is risky, but with some planning and the following of safety norms, you can set out.

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Here are the different ways in which you can enter Udaipur, the City of Dawn:

How To Travel To Udaipur During Covid

In the wake of the rising cases in Rajasthan, the state government has enforced stricter lockdown and travel restrictions. As of June 8, Section 144 will continue to remain in effect until June 21. Malls, restaurants, fairs and markets are closed, and no public, social, religious, cultural or political functions will be allowed to take place. All people entering the state have to have a negative RT-PCR test taken not more than 72 hours before entering, which will exempt them from 14 days’ institutional + home quarantine.

Traveling to Udaipur During Covid

Getting To Udaipur By Air

At a distance of about 22 kilometers from the city, the Maharana Pratap Airport is where you’d land when traveling to Udaipur.

International arrivals are subjected to a 14-day institutional quarantine. It may be avoided by submitting a negative RT-PCR test result (taken within 96 hours before departure). However, the 14-day home quarantine remains mandatory. They are also required to submit a Self Health Declaration form online.

Domestic passengers are required to carry a negative, valid RT-PCR test with them. This also exempts them from having to quarantine themselves. Symptomatic passengers, even with a test, will be taken to the nearest health facility.

International and domestic passengers both will be thermally screened and those showing symptoms will be tested for Covid. Also, they must have the Aarogya Setu app installed and submit the coronavirus self-declaration form.

Getting To Udaipur By Train

Udaipur City is the closest railway station, about 4.4 kilometers away from the city center. From here, you’ll easily get cabs to Udaipur. However, owing to Covid precautionary measures, most trains won’t have a pantry car, so you’ll have to bring your own food. 

Getting To Udaipur By Road

Udaipur is connected with all the major cities in and around Rajasthan, so you can get here with no trouble. However, the rising Covid cases has resulted in the implementation of a night curfew in 8 districts of Rajasthan – Udaipur included. So you’ll have to restrict your travel from between 8 pm to 6 am.

From a Covid point of view, it’s best to travel in your personal vehicle, though it’ll be expensive. Also, driving for long hours will be exhausting. So it’s best to travel with a friend so you can take turns driving. 

Whatever your mode of transport, it’s best to have the Aarogya Setu app and the coronavirus self-declaration form with you.

Places To Visit In Udaipur

Lake Palace

It’s two of the most famous things of Udaipur together – a magnificent palace on a scenic lake.

Traveling to Udaipur During Covid

Built on an island in Lake Pichola, this 18th century palace was constructed under Maharana Jagat Singh II of Mewar. It was then named Jag Niwas and was used as the summer retreat by the subsequent rulers. History buffs in particular would be mesmerized by the fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture of the Lake Palace. The many fountains, marble walls inlaid with precious stones and the terraces are sure to give you a taste of royalty that is unique to Rajasthan.

Getting to the Lake Palace oozes the aura of a rich past. Lake Pichola is surrounded by temples, ghats and palaces. You can even go on a sunset cruise and gaze at the vista illuminated in gold.

The Lake Palace admittedly was losing much of its charm over the centuries. But after being transformed into a heritage hotel by Taj, it has been restored to its former grandeur. Here’s the catch – if you’re not a guest at the hotel, you can’t visit it since the Lake Palace isn’t open to tourist viewings. If you’re looking for a romantic honeymoon destination and are willing to splurge, the Lake Palace would be the perfect place for you.

Shilpgram

If you’re traveling to Udaipur and want to experience the rural life of Rajasthan, but don’t want to go too far out of the city, Shilpgram is where you must go. It’s a mere 8 kilometers away from the heart of the City of Lakes.

Traveling to Udaipur During Covid

The name ‘Shilpgram’ literally translates to ‘handicraft village’. This ethnographic museum is spread over 70 acres with the rugged Aravalli Ranges in the background. The village consists of many mud huts built in styles that replicate the rural architecture of western India. In these huts, you can also observe the handicrafts, pottery and textiles of the states they represent. The many shops and stalls around Shilpgram and run by the rural and tribal folk. You’re sure to find and buy something you’d love as a keepsake.

The major attraction of Shilpgram is the annual Shilpgram Festival, which is held in the last 10 days of December. Artists and artisans from all over India showcase their culture and handicrafts. Whether or not it’ll take place in 2021 depends entirely on how good or bad the Covid situation is by then.

Dhebar Lake

It’s inconceivable that you visit Udaipur and not visit a lake. After all, it’s known as the City of Lakes. Dhebar Lake (aka Jaisamand Lake) is about 50 kilometers away from the city’s center. It was created in the 17th century as a reservoir by Rana Jai Singh. With an area of 93 sq km, it’s the second largest manmade lake in India.

This water body is a place that attracts many species of migratory birds, and with it, the bird enthusiasts. The forests around the lake were once the hunting grounds of the Mewar kings. But now, it’s converted into a wildlife sanctuary. The Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary, with its dry deciduous forest, is home to animals including panthers, chital, sambar and the chousingas.

Staying true to the elegance and royalty of Rajasthan, the lake is surrounded by palaces. The marble dam which created the reservoir has six cenotaphs and a temple of Lord Shiva.

It’s not just the flora and fauna around here. The land around Dhebar Lake is also a place with rich local culture. You’ll also get to meet the Bhils that live in one of the islands in Dhebar Lake, but keep in mind the social distancing norms.

Tips For Traveling During Covid

Being stuck for months at home is frustrating, and traveling would give you that much-needed change of pace. However, there are a few things to keep in mind while traveling during Covid: 

  • Practice social distancing always. Wear a mask, keep at least 6 feet away from others and wash your hands regularly. Have a bottle of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Traveling should be avoided if you have flu-like symptoms.
  • As far as possible, avoid public transport to ensure social distancing. Traveling in your personal vehicle is preferable.
  • More people means more risk of infection. So travel with a small group of people.
  • Avoid interactions with strangers. But if you must, keep your distance from them.
  • Opt for cashless transactions wherever possible.
  • Those below 10 and above 65 years of age, and with medical conditions are more susceptible to infection. So it’s best that they avoid traveling.
  • Look for accommodations that are Covid-ready and follow the government-issued SOPs.
  • Keep yourself updated on Rajasthan Government’s travel guidelines and of your home state. You never know when the Covid restrictions change.
  • Install the Aarogya Setu app on your phone and carry the Covid self-declaration form with you.
  • If you develop Covid symptoms during and after the trip, get medical help immediately, inform your travel buddies, and the accommodation providers.
  • Follow all the Covid safety instructions to ensure your own safety and those around you.

FAQs

Is Udaipur Worth Visiting?

Udaipur has several gorgeous lakes that reflect the colors of the skies, and several palaces on their banks. The city is packed with royal history, seen in the number of heritage structures, and loads of Rajasthani culture. The city is a must-visit on several people’s lists, both Indian and foreign, and in our opinion is certainly worth the visit.

How Many Days Do You Need To Visit Udaipur?

Around 3 days is enough time to spend in Udaipur. This gives you the time to explore the city and its many lakes and palaces, try out some cuisine and get in a little shopping without being rushed for time.

How Can I Go To Udaipur In 2 Days?

If you plan on spending 2 days in Udaipur, make sure you visit some popular destinations like Shilpgram, Dhebar Lake, and the City Palace. These capture the essence of the city and you can leave having experienced some of its wonders.

How Do You Get Around Udaipur?

There are plenty of autos and taxis in Udaipur to take you around the city. However, if you intend on exploring the narrow streets and noisy local markets, then you’re better off exploring by foot. You can also make use of ride-hailing services like Uber and Ola.

What Food Is Famous In Udaipur?

When in Udaipur, make sure you try out the delicious Rajasthani cuisine up for grabs. Local specialties include dal bati churma, gatte ki sabji (gram flour dumplings in curry), pakoras,  Banjara Murgh (Chicken Curry), and chaat.

What Should I Wear In Udaipur?

If you’re visiting in the summer, you should stick to cotton clothes, preferably loose clothing. T-shirts with harem pants and kurtas are your best bet. Women can also wear palazzos for their loose-fitting comfort. Avoid shorts and tight clothes since this makes the heat harder to bear. In winter, make sure you have warm clothing to keep out the cold.

Is It Safe To Travel To Rajasthan?

Frankly, traveling during the pandemic isn’t entirely safe and comes with risks. Currently, cases are dropping in Rajasthan but partial curfews are still in place. As long as you abide by all the rules and follow all the Covid safety precautions, you should be fine.

How Can I Travel Safely During Covid?

Being safe and sensible when traveling during the Covid pandemic not only keeps you safe from contracting the coronavirus, but also keeps all the people you come in contact with safe as well. Ensure you maintain social distancing and never remove your mask when in a public space. Constantly sanitize your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap whenever possible, and visit a doctor as soon as you feel ill.

Is Udaipur In Lockdown?

Udaipur along with the rest of Rajasthan is under a partial lockdown, and there’s a night curfew from 5 pm to 5 am. As part of the lockdown, only certain shops are allowed to be open for certain timings, and social, religious, cultural and political gatherings are completely banned. There’s a ‘public discipline weekend curfew’ from 5 pm on Fridays to 5 am on Mondays.

Can I Get Covid When Traveling?

Yes, considering how easily the virus spreads, you’re always at risk of getting Covid, especially while traveling. This is why it’s important to follow social distancing and other safety protocols like double-masking, constantly sanitizing, and avoiding public gatherings.

 

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