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Udaipur (About this soundpronunciation ), also known as the "City of Lakes" is a city, Nagar Nigam 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 1558 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 located in the southernmost part of Rajasthan, near 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 at dabok.Popular languages spoken include Hindi, English and Rajasthani (Mewari).

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City Palace Complex at night
The City Palace is a palace complex in Udaipur which was built over a period of nearly 400 years being contributed by several kings of the dynasty, starting by the Maharana Udai Singh II as the capital of the Sisodia Rajput clan in 1559, after he moved from Chittor. It is located on the east bank of the Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex.

The City Palace in Udaipur was built in a flamboyant style and is considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and was built on a hill top that gives a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding.

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Maharana Fateh Singh
Maharana Fateh Singh
B. (1849-12-16)December 16, 1849 – d. May 24, 1930(1930-05-24) (aged 80)

Maharana Sir Fateh Singh , GCSI, GCIE, ruled Mewar for 46 years from 1884 to 1930, with Udaipur as capital, and resided in the City Palace, Udaipur.He was born at Shivrati, son of Maharaj Dal Singh of the Shivrati branch of Mewar dynasty - A descendant of the fourth son, Arjun Singh, of the Rana Sangram Singh II (AD 1710-1734). First he was adopted by his elder brother, Gaj Singh who had no heir, subsequently Maharana Sajjan Singh of Udaipur, who too had no heir, adopted him, he eventually became the Maharaja of Udaipur in 1884.

In 1889, he built the "Connaught Dam" on Lake Dewali to mark the visit of Duke of Connaught, son of Queen Victoria, this enlarged the lake, and it was later renamed, Fateh Sagar Lake.He also built Fateh Prakash Palace in Chittorgarh fort and also the Shiv Nivas Palace at Udaipur.He was the only Maharaja to not attend the Delhi Durbar, both of 1903 and 1901

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