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Udaipur, the erstwhile capital of the ancient Mewar Kingdom of Rajputana Agency and now a municipal corporation and the administrative capital of the Udaipur District is one of the principal cities of the state of Rajasthan. Placed amidst the elevated Aravalli Mountain Ranges, this ‘city romantic’ is the second most sought after tourist destination of Rajasthan after Jaipur. Renowned worldwide for its plethora of picturesque lakes creating a chimerical appeal, Udaipur is justly entitled as ‘the city of lakes’. Also nicknamed as the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur, the civic watermarked with incredible glamour and alluring legacy is a snare of all prosaic revelry in its true sense. This ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’ placed about 405 km from the state capital Jaipur is thronged by the tourists; both domestic and foreigners all round the year.
Celebrated for its interconnected dazzling lakes, the floating Lake Palace, imposing forts, seraphic temples, mesmerizing palaces, opulent museums, pleasing lush gardens, ecological riches, classic monuments, and civilization immersed with its heroic past, and the most exuberant traditional festivals ornament the facet of Udaipur with their rich cultural and historical endowment. The spectrum that this patrimony of bygone era creates through its merger with the modern mien renders Udaipur a fairy tale like demeanor. Udaipur, the most romantic and the most quixotic city of Rajasthan has also acted as the backdrop to a James Bond film ‘Octopussy’. Moreover, Udaipur is also a favorite marriage venue and a number of dignitaries of the country such as politicians, business families, and film stars and so on organize their wedding ceremonies as well as other parties at Udaipur.
Udaipur indulges in popular sports such as cricket, hockey, football, tennis, table tennis, archery, badminton, water sports in the lakes etc. The city owns ‘Luv Kush Indoor Stadium’ and ‘Mahrana Bhupal Singh Stadium’. Udaipur is also a flourishing educational hub of Rajasthan. The chief educational institutes at Udaipur include IIM Udaipur, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Sir Padampat Singhania University, Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, RNT Medical College, J.R.N.Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Bhupal Nobles' College, Techno India NJR Institute of Technology, and so on. Udaipur also lies in the proximity with other famous tourist destinations of Rajasthan such as Nathdwara, Ranakpur, Chittorgarh, Haldighati, Mount Abu, Eklingji, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Ajmer, Bhilwara, Jodhpur, etc.
The best period to pay a visit to Udaipur is September to April. In the month of March or April the Mewar Festival of Udaipur is held and the Shilpgram Crafts Fair is organized in November or December every year.