Udaipur is the key city of Rajasthan's southern region of Mewar. Mewar is a hilly, forested region, in complete contrast to the harsh desert of Marwar in the northwest.
A Rajasthan folk song succinctly defines the difference thus: "Where the babool tree grows, that is Marwar, where the aonla (Embica officinalis) tree grows, that is Mewar". Apart from the city itself, there are a number of interesting sights within a 60-Mile radius of Udaipur . The temples of Eklingji, Nathdwara and Ranakpur, the fort of Kumbalgarh and Jaisamand Lake. Further away are the great fort of Chittorgarh, the spectacular temples of Mount Abu and the splendid palaces of Dungarpur.