Udaipur is popularly known as the "City of Lakes." It is a major city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, which serves as the administrative headquarters of the Udaipur district. It was founded by the Rajput ruler Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559 and was the capital of the historic kingdom of Mewar in the earlier Rajputana Agency. The British annexed it into their territory as a princely state in 1818. The region became a part of Rajasthan after independence in 1947. The scenic city is surrounded by the Aravali Range, which separates it from the Thar Desert. Udaipur is a popular tourist destination. It is known for its ancient history, culture, spectacular locations and the palaces of the Rajput-era. It has a sophisticated lake system which earned it the nickname of the "City of Lakes." There are five the major lakes in and around the city. Udaipur is extremely popular for its huge historic forts, marvelous palaces, verdurous gardens, architectural temples, ancient structures, colorful festivals, traditional fairs, historical museums and galleries. Tourism primarily fuels the economy of Udaipur. However, smaller industries such as marble processing, chemical manufacturing, minerals, electronic manufacturing and the handicraft industry are also great contributors to the citys economy. A few popular tourist destinations in and around Udaipur are the renowned Jain Temple at Ranakpur, Chittorgarh, Mount Abu, Udaisagar Lake, Haldighati, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.
In 1926, seven businessmen of Karur founded Lakshmi Vilas Bank under the leadership of Shri V.S.N. Ramalinga Chettiar. They aimed to serve the financial needs of people who were occupied in trading businesses, industry and agriculture, in and around Karur. The bank was established on November 3, 1926, under the Indian Companies Act, 1913, and on November 10, 1926, it obtained the certificate to commence business. After the Banking Regulations Act was introduced in1949, the bank received its banking license from RBI and became a scheduled commercial bank? revealing its capability to operate as a full-fledged commercial bank. Lakshmi Vilas Bank did considerable expansion of its branch network from 1961 to 1965, when the bank took over nine other banks. The bank started the development of its branch network beyond Tamil Nadu in 1974 to take benefit from the additional opportunities across India. Thus, offices were established in the neighboring states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala, critical financial centres like Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as in other prominent business centers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.