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Udaipur is probably the prettiest city I visited in India and is known as the City of Lakes or the ‘Venice of the East’ because of the canals connecting the lakes. Udaipur is the key city Mewar, the southern region of Rajasthan and is also known as being one of the most romantic cities in India. The city was founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh II after his citadel Chittorgarh was sacked by Mughal Emperor Akbar. He established his capital after a holy man apparently guided him to the site near Pichola Lake. He felt that the area which was surrounded by lakes, forests and the Aravali Ranges would be less vulnerable than where he Chittorgarh was and therefore less likelihood of loosing it. The city did come under attack in later years when his successor Maharana Pratap reigned, however he managed to successfully defend the city.

The city is only around 37sq kms in area and lies at an altitude of 577 metres. Udaipur is a road and rail junction. The main industries are from stone and marble quarries. It is also an agricultural market town. The city is divided into the old and the new with the old city laying on the banks of Lake Pichola. The City Palace complex which was built in the 1500’s occupies a large part of the old city area. The city was once completely surrounded by a wall but there are only some of the remaining gates and pieces of wall in the upper area remaining.

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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    The palace and courtyard are enormous and fabulous. Great job of taking the pictures and the comments enhance the beauty of the area.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2008 at 2:04 AM

    What a great place to visit - stunning sights here and great to see them via your page thanks(wouldnt worry about yr photos being stolen with keeweechic written all over them tho)PS have been eating (NZ) milk bottles during the show!

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2006 at 6:08 AM

    What an amazing experience, this city sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Fantastic page, and incredible photos CB..

  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2006 at 9:27 PM

    Simply amazing! ... I could keep looking at these pictures all day ... and I want to be a Maharajah in my next life :-)

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2006 at 1:07 AM

    The legend you reported teaches: never promise anything while drunk:-)...as always, great page!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2006 at 12:44 AM

    fabulous page, a feast for the eye. amazing architecture and the colours, the peakocks, the Lotusflowers.....such an abundance of talented craftsmenship and artists. you and your camera where in good form. tks for sharing KW, I feel you had a fab. trip!

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2006 at 9:01 AM

    Udaipur looks like another place that we need to add to our list of places to see some day! Thanks for the tips and photos.

  • umashanker's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2006 at 8:14 AM

    Suraj Gokhada is significant tradition.Not only Suryavanshi Rajputs but many Indians offer ardhya(water) to sun god early morning.

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