Udaipur is famous around the world as the City Of Lakes or the Venice of The East. Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar lakes in this city are considered some of the most beautiful in the state. 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. Udaipur has a diversified economic base. The major contributions to the city's economy come from tourism, agriculture and mineral industries. The handicraft and cottage industry sectors play an important part in contributing to the growing economy. Udaipur district is particularly rich in mineral resources as a large variety of important minerals are found here. Copper, lead, zinc and silver, industrial minerals like phosphate, asbestos, calcite, lime-stone, Talc (soap stone), barites, wollastonite and marble are the major driving resources behind the industries based in the city. The city also hosts Udaipur Solar Observatory– Asia’s only solar observatory.
Udaipur is well connected with nearby cities and states by means of road, rail and air transportation facilities, including Maharana Pratap Airport which is 22 kms away from the city centre. Udaipur City railway station and Rana Pratap Nagar railway station are two railway stations in Udaipur.