Once you’re in Udaipur:
Badi Village is located 8 km northwest from Udaipur’s “Old City.” Travelling by auto rickshaw, the ride is approximately 30 minutes by riksha.
The Animal Aid hospital is just north of the Badi TB Hospital. Once you’ve reached the other side of Fateh Sagar lake, you approach the T.B. Hospital by following Badi Road, and just before entering the gates of the T.B. Hospital you will take a right turn and follow the signs for about 3 minutes and you’re there!
Our best advice is to come by auto rickshaw, at least the first time. Once you’re at Animal Aid we can tell you how to take a public bus, in the future, if you wish.
An auto rickshaw costs around Rs 350 – 400 round trip including waiting for you or coming to pick you up at the end of the day. If you are coming every day you can usually find better price. There isn’t a riksha stand near Animal Aid so you will need to be sure to arrange with the driver your return.
The local bus leaves from the T.B. Hospital, which is 3 minutes from the Animal Aid shelter, every hour or so. This being India the bus schedule isn’t set in stone so be prepared for waiting a few minutes for the bus. The bus will take you to Chetak bus stand and from there you can either walk back to the Old City (about a 15 minute walk) or take a riksha.
Getting to Udaipur by air, from Delhi or Mumbai:
There are two airports in both Mumbai and Delhi, the International and the Domestic. There are fairly frequent flights by many airlines from Delhi directly to Udaipur, and the cost is about USD $120 one-way.
From the Maharana Pratap Airport you take a “pre-paid” taxi to your hotel in the Old City. Cost will be approximately Rs 600.
Travel time: approximately 45-60 minutes.
Getting to Udaipur by train
From Mumbai, the train trip is quite long and direct travel between Mumbai and Udaipur may only operate three days a week. Check with a tour guide in Mumbai.
From Delhi, train travel to Udaipur is excellent, and takes only 12 hours from the suburb “Nizamuddin” to Udaipur. There are several travel sleeper classes, a/c and non a/c. If you travel second class non-a/c you will need to provide your own bed-sheet. Train food is usually clean, inexpensive but not very tasty (except for the tomato soup at Rs 20 for a small paper cup.) Stops along the way vary in length and getting off the train is not really recommended (by Animal Aid travelers!) It’s impossible to tell how quickly the train will start back up.
Leaves Delhi (Nizamuddin) at 7 p.m. sharp and arrives in Udaipur between 7.30 – 8.30 a.m. Arrive at the train at least 40 minutes early. At that time of night it’s wise to leave your hotel at least an hour before your arrival. Delhi traffic can be brutal.
You can book your ticket either by using a travel agent (who can book on line) or by going in person to the New Delhi Railway Station. The office for foreign bookings is on the second floor of the main terminal. It is open from 9 a.m. and may close as early as 5 p.m.
Traveling by bus
There are sleeper seats available in most night buses. Ask a travel agent to book this for you. Sleeper seat single should cost around Rs 300, and doubles are also available.