UDAIPUR is situated in the south - west of the biggest State in India: Rajasthan - the " Land of the Raj's" - Kings - at the bottom of the mountain range Aravali in a valley 577m above the sea level.
Udaipur has many names: the "City of Sunrise" - the "City of the Lakes" - the "Venice of the East" - and is a "smaller" Indian city with a population around 500.000, founded in 1567 by Maharana Udai Singh II, following the third sack of Chittor.
The beautiful Pichola Lake is 4 x 3 km2 and some of Udaipur's several palaces: the "Lake Palace" and the island palace Jagmandir are literally floating on the lake. Makanne is situated next to the huge City Palace, towering over the lake. City Palace is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.
Udaipur is proud of its heritage for performing arts, music, painting and local crafts. Just North of the city one finds lots of places, where Indians querry marble. You find many Art Schools with miniature painters, wood carvers, furniture makers etc. -all very open for collaboration projects.
The inhabitants of Udaipur are extremely friendly and always smiling and interested in a chat. Especially in Lal Ghat you will find restaurants, internet cafÃ©s, places, where you exchange money, make telephone calls, burn cd's, make appointments for excursions etc. Do you need a doctor or have any kind of problems, you always find people ready to help you. There are plenty of small shops - bazars - where you find all you need.