Beside shimmering Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, the Venice of the East, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India. Udaipur has that magic, not just in its marvellous palaces and monuments, but in its matchless setting, the tranquillity of boat rides on the lake, the bustle of its ancient bazaars, its lively arts scene, the quaint old-world feel of its better hotels, its endless tempting shops and some lovely countryside to explore. Most of the places in Udaipur come under The House of Mewar, the longest serving, unbroken custodianship in the world, who built Udaipur and still play a major role in the development of the city at various levels. A custodianship that transcends all boundaries of kingship, democracy and everything in between. Eternal Mewar is thus iconic of centuries of custodianship and protection of the core values of the House of Mewar, which has stood the test of time.