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History and Culture of Udaipur

History and Culture of Udaipur

The legend of Udaipur is that the city was built by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1568. He was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichola. The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favourably located spot with a fertile valley surrounded by the Aravalli hills and three huge lakes.

Udaipur became the capital city of the state of Mewar and the royal Sisodias reigned supreme for 1200 years. They are believed to be the oldest ruling family in Rajasthan and their lineage can be traced for more than 67 generations.


Udaipur is an interesting blend of sights, sounds and experiences and over the years has been a great inspiration for many poets, painters and writers.

With its kaleidoscope of fairy tale palaces, pristine lakes and a heroic past, Udaipur is a popular tourist destination, particularly for honeymooners.