Udaipur is the pride of the age old Mewar rulers of Sisodia dynasty. The city was founded in the middle of the 16th century by Maharana Udai Singh. The legend goes that once when the ruler was on a leisurely hunting trip in the Aravali hills, he encountered a holy man. The sage advised the king to establish a flourishing kingdom in the fertile valley under the safeguard of the Aravali Hills. And so was the kingdom founded. Interesting? Indeed it is! Many fort cities of India have such fascinating stories. After independence the Maharaja of Udaipur granted the place to the Government of India and merged into the state of Rajasthan.