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Udaipur (About this sound pronunciation ), also known as the "City of Lakes" is a major city, municipal corporation and the administrative headquarters of the Udaipur district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency. It was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia clan of Rajput, when he shifted his capital from the city of Chittorgarh to Udaipur after Chittorgarh was besieged by Akbar. It remained as the capital city till 1818 when it became a British princely state, and thereafter the Mewar province became a part of Rajasthan when India gained independence in 1947. Udaipur is not located in the eastern part of Rajasthan but rather southernmost part of Rajasthan state, just near to the Gujarat border. It is surrounded by Aravali Range, which separates it from Thar Desert. It is around 655 km from Delhi and approximately 800 km from Mumbai, placed almost in the middle of two major Indian metro cities. Besides, connectivity with Gujarat ports provide Udaipur a strategic geographical advantage. Udaipur is well connected with nearby cities and states by means of road, rail and air transportation facilities, including Maharana Pratap Airport. Udaipur is spread across an area of 200 km2, and stands as the sixth largest city in Rajasthan by population, supporting a population of 451,100 according to 2011 Census. Popular languages spoken include Hindi, English and Rajasthani (Mewari).

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Jag Mandir , Lake Pichola ,Udaipur
Jag Mandir is a palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It is also called the "Lake Garden Palace". The palace is located in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Its construction is credited to three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom. The construction of the palace was started in 1551 by Maharana Amar Singh, continued by Maharana Karan Singh (1620–1628) and finally completed by Maharana Jagat Singh I (1628–1652). It is named as "Jagat Mandir" in honour of the last named Maharana Jagat Singh. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties.

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Maharana Pratap
Maharana Pratap
B. (1540-05-09)May 9, 1540 – d. January 29, 1597(1597-01-29) (aged 56)

Maharana Pratap or Pratap Singh (09 May 1540 – 29 January 1597) was the ruler of Mewar, a region in north-western India in the present day state of Rajasthan.He was the eldest son of Maharani Jayawantabai and Maharana Udai Singh II, founder of Udaipur. He belonged to the Sisodia clan of Rajputs.Maharana Pratap Singh is widely regarded as a fearless warrior and ingenious strategist, who successfully fought the Mughals and safeguarded his people until his death. In popular Indian culture, he is hailed as an inspirational figure for exemplifying gallantry and resourcefulness.

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  • ...that Udaipur is home to the world's second largest Zinc producer Hindustan Zinc
  • ...that Jains make about 10% of Udaipur's population as comapred to the National Average of 0.37%



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