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in the Lush Girwa Valley, surrounded by the Aravallis and
interspersed with translucent lakes, Udaipur (meaning 'City Of
Sunrise' ) is more favored by nature than most of its desert
neighbors. It is situated in southern Rajasthan, 374 kms. from Jaipur,
the capital of Rajasthan, and is land of lakeside pleasure palaces,
rambling hilltop fortresses, luxuriant gardens with fountains and
streams, where bards sing of beautiful princesses and epic warriors.
Its annals abound with tales of romance and heroism, chivalry and
great traditions. Udaipur,
Chittor and Bhilwara formed Mewar, the largest erstwhile princely
state in Rajasthan and a geographically secluded territory whose
distinctive physical features played an important role in shaping its
Udai Singh II (1536-1572) laid the foundation of Udaipur as the
capital of Mewar in 1567, after the final sack of Chittor by Moghuls.
He built Udaipur (named after himself ) between the fortresses of
Chittor and Kumbhal Garh. Nestling in an enchanting valley with
abundant water and formidable natural defenses, Udaipur was a
counterpoint to stark Chittor, 111 kms. away.
Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar - a
kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 years. The foundation
of the city has an interesting legend associated with it. According
to it, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder, was hunting one day when he
met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola.
The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace
at this favourably located spot with a fertile valley watered by the
stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude and an amphitheater of low
mountains. Maharana followed the advise of the hermit and founded
the city in 1559 A.D.
Overlooking the aquamarine expanses of the Lake Pichhola stands the
splendid City Palace - a marvel in granite and marble.
Of the original eleven gates of the Udaipur City, only five remain.
The Surajpole or Sun Gate on the eastern side is the main entrance
to the city.
: Dabok Airport is 24 Km from the city centre.
Daily Indian Airlines flights connect Udaipur with Jodhpur, Jaipur,
Aurangabad, Mumbai and Delhi.
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