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Rajasthan Travel Guide

Udaipur

Romantic old-world charm, soothing lakes, and fairy-tale palaces are what draw so many visitors to the Mewari city of Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes—many call this the Venice of the East. The city of Udaipur was founded in 1567, when, having grown weary of repeated attacks on the old Mewar capital of Chittaur—Chittaur is the historic name of the area, and Chittaurgarh literally

means "the fort of Chittaur"—Maharana Udai Singh asked a holy sage to suggest a safe place for his new capital. The man assured Udai Singh that the new base would never be conquered if it was established on the banks of Lake Pichola, and thus was born Singh's namesake, Udaipur.

Despite being one of Rajasthan's largest cities, with a population of more than half a million people, modern Udaipur still feels like a small town. Added perks are the weather, which is balmy year-round except for the summertime heat between April and July, and the fact that the locals are extremely friendly.

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