Founding of the palace
The foundations of the City Palace, Udaipur, are embedded into its once pristine natural environment.
After careful surveys the site was selected by Rana Udai Singh II for its breathtaking views and natural terraces, proximity to a reliable source of water - the Lake Pichola and the strategic advantage it offered to the defenders of erstwhile Mewar.
The site of the City Palace is located in the historic town of Udaipur, situated in the north-western state of Rajasthan in India.
Its geographical coordinates are 24° North Latitude 74° East Longitude and at an average of 578 meters (1895 feet) above mean sea level.
Udaipur lies in a basin on the upper central plateau, surrounded by the hills of Aravali among the oldest mountain ranges in the world.
With its dramatic backdrop of the lake and the hills, the City Palace provides one of the most spectacular landscapes of India.