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Udaipur /ʊdəjpur/ (About this sound pronunciation ), also known as the "City of Lakes" is a major city, municipal corporation 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 1559 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 southern part of Rajasthan state, just near to 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. Besides, Udaipur is well connected with nearby cities and states by means of road, rail and air transportation facilities, including Maharana Pratap Airport. Udaipur is spread across an area of 200 km2, and stands as the sixth largest city in Rajasthan by population, supporting a population of 451,100 according to 2011 Census. Popular languages spoken include Hindi, English and Rajasthani (Mewari).

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Hindustan Zinc , Udaipur
Hindustan Zinc (HZL) is an integrated mining and resources producer of zinc, lead, silver and cadmium. It is a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources PLC. HZL is the world's second largest zinc producer. Its FY2011 revenues were Rs. 108.91 billion

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Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
B. (1923-10-23)October 23, 1923 – d. May 15, 2010(2010-05-15) (aged 86)

Bhairon Singh Shekhawat was the 11th Vice-President of India. He served in that position from August 2002, when he was elected to a five-year term by the electoral college following the death of Krishan Kant, until he resigned on July 21, 2007, after losing the presidential election to Pratibha Patil. Shekhawat was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a leading member of the National Democratic Alliance at the time of election. He served as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan three times, from 1977 to 1980,1990 to 1992 and 1993 to 1998.

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Baripol gate, City Palace , 1910

The Baripol Gate , City Palace , 1910

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  • ...that Udaipur is home to the world's second largest Zinc producer Hindustan Zinc
  • ...that Jains make about 10% of Udaipur's population as comapred to the National Average of 0.37%



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