Udaipur- The Land of Legendary Intro

The land of the renowned saint Mira Bai and determined Maharana Prata.  Udaipur, means the land of dawn and is popularly known as the 'city of lakes'. Udaipur is a lively world of scrub forests, lakes, monuments and even wild animals and surprises you with its glassy lakes in the midst of desert Rajasthan.
The capital of former Mewar, Udaipur is a storehouse of attractive monuments in white marble, ornamental royal gardens and ancient temples.
The origin of  history of Udaipur begins with a famous local legend according to which Maharana Udai Singhji chanced upon a holy sage meditating on the Aravalli hills, who advised the king to establish a kingdom on this fertile valley bound by the rugged Aravalli's.
Thus Maharan Udai Singhji laid the foundations of the Udaipur city in the year 1559 A.D. Maharana Udai Singh was a descendant of the mighty Sisodias who claim their descent from the sun god, Surya.
Legendary Founding of Mewar
 The capital of Mewar, Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh after the fall of Chittor to Akbar in 1568. Although the Rajputs were unnerved out of their capital and they never gave up their sense of freedom, choosing to give up their lives in dignity and honor instead. Legend says that Maharana Udai Singh was out for hunting one day and he came upon a wise seated beside the Pichola Lake. The sage said that the king would build his palace at the same site, and then the fortunes of his family would change.
The Maharana Udai Singh built a small place of pilgrimage,  called as Dhuni Mata, to mark the spot which is now the oldest part of  the City Palace. Maharana Udai Singh chose the site of Udaipur for his new capital and built an artificial lake named Udai Sagar after himself.

The city remained untouched by Mughals 

Sisodias, or the Guhilots (Suryavansh) have ruled the Mewar region since V.S 191, and were against Mughal dominion, and tried to distance themselves from them.

 Being in a hilly region and inappropriate for heavily armored Mughal horses. Udaipur remained unmolested from the influence of Mughals in spite of much pressure. Rana Fateh Singh of Udaipur was the only royal personality  who was not present in the Delhi Durbar for King George V in 1911. This ferocious sense of independence earned them the highest gun salute in Rajasthan, 19 against the 17 each of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bundi, Bikaner, Kota and Karauli.

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