Being able to travel on a ropeway in my wheelchair was one of the best parts of my holiday in Udaipur.
To reach the base of the ropeway ride, you have to drive up a small hillock near Doodh Talai Lake. The ropeway takes tourists to the Karni Mata Temple situated on top of Machalla Hill.
Check out my wheelchair-tour of the ropeway to reach Karni Mata Temple in this video:
The entire path from the car parking area, leading to the Gondolas (aka Cable Car) is 100% accessible in a wheelchair. Since the gondolas are suspended on a cable, there is a gap of approximately 6 inches from the floor, at the boarding point. This is the only juncture where the wheelchair will have to be manually lifted and placed inside the gondola.
Boarding the gondola by lifting the wheelchair
On an average 4 to 6 adults can comfortably sit inside the gondola. However, when a wheelchair is placed inside, there is space for only 1 or 2 additional people. After boarding the shaky gondola I found the rest of the ride as smooth as silk.
View from the top of ropeway ride
Gliding over a lush green cover with a view of iconic monuments from the historic city and the sun sparkling on the Pichola Lake was breathtaking. After reaching the top, we spend some time at the adjacent restaurant and its viewing gallery. This was summer time, so gorging on ice cream was an obvious choice.
Beautiful view of the lakes and Udaipur city from the Gondola
The only dampener for me was that the duration of the ropeway ride is just 5 minutes one-way. After going up and down once, I was left wanting for more.