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Udaipur ranked 3rd among world's best cities for second successive year

ANI  |  Udaipur (Rajasthan) [India] 

The city of has once again in 2018 been ranked among the World's Best Cities by Udaipur, the heritage-city built by the Maharanas of in the 16th century, is on the third place among the 15 of the world's best cities.

The top 2 cities are both in Mexico: San Miguel de and Oaxaca.

In 2017, had received this distinction by Travel + Leisure, has beaten scores of other international tourist hotspots to be crowned among one of the world's top 15 cities in a new poll.

As part of the World's Best Awards survey, readers of were asked to rank their favourite urban destinations based on sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

is once again the only Indian city to make the final cut, ahead of other major tourist destinations including and Its inclusion in 2018 follows past success in 2009 when Udaipur topped the same poll and was voted as the 'best city in the world to visit'.

Known as both the City of Lakes and the of the East, Udaipur occupies a stunning location on the banks of in south Known for its breathtaking scenery, majestic palaces, world-class museums and luxury hotels, Udaipur is steeped in history, having been home to successive generations of Maharanas of

Shriji Arvind Singh of Udaipur, and Managing of Maharana of (MMCF) said, "ranking placing Udaipur in the third place is a major honour for every citizen of the city. I wish to congratulate all agencies of the government and the tourism industry who have continued to do their best for the city of Udaipur."

Udaipur is now rightly seen as one of the prime tourism cities of and the magnet for visitors remains the Museum. said, "We are custodians of the living heritage of Mewar and We are continually reinvesting resources in order to revitalize the museum and attract domestic and international visitors to our city," he said.

Since 2016-17, the Museum continues to attract over one million visitors annually. It is a record that gets better with each passing year. MMCF has been actively promoting the Museum in India, UK, and the US through different outreach programmes. Collaborations with Oxford eResearch Centre, Domaine national de Chambord, and the have also added significant value to MMCF's ongoing programmes.

Covering an area of 200,000 sqft, The Museum dates back to 1559 and has been home to 23 successive Maharanas of Mewar, the world's oldest serving royal dynasty. The Museum opened to the public for the first time in 1969 in a bid to further safeguard the area's heritage and the time-honoured traditions of the people of Mewar, while also allowing visitors to gain a greater understanding of the region's vast history and culture.

The City Palace Museum's collections are vast and cover a huge variety of historical artifacts, ranging from 6th-century sculptures and a superb armory collection, through to galleries devoted to paintings, photography, textiles and costumes, music and silver.

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First Published: Wed, July 18 2018. 16:15 IST