The LakePichola in Udaipur is one of the oldest and largest lakes in Udaipur. This city is also popularly known as “Kashmir of Rajasthan”.
Lake Pichola was built in the year of 1362 AD and it gets its name from the nearby village of Pichola. There are plenty of places to visit nearby the lake and we promise that you won’t regret your visit here. Lake Pichola is huge in its dimensions measuring 3 miles in length and 2 miles in width. This lake is 30 feet deep and has four islands named as Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir, Jag Niwas, and Arsi Vilas. Maharana Udai Singh laid the foundation of Udaipur on the banks of Lake Pichola and built a dam which helped in expanding the boundaries of the lake.
Lake Palace is the main attraction of the Pichola Lake. This palace is built at the center of this beautiful lake. The palace is now a popular hotel of the Taj group of heritage hotels. The Lake Palace Udaipur is spread over a sprawling area of 4 acres and has 80 rooms. Experience the glimpses of royal Rajasthan while relaxing and mull over life at the poolside with a blue ocean Mojito by your side. The Lake palace Udaipur tariffs start from upwards of INR 30,000.
The Jag Mandir is a splendid structure which is built on the island by the same name. Do you know, that the Jag Mandir has a place called the Gul Mahal? This Gul Mahal served as an inspiration to the world-famous Taj Mahal, because in this Gul Mahal the Shah Jahan once took refuge from his father Jahangir. The Jag Mandir is named after Maharana Jagat Singh who was one of the most famous architects in Mewar. You can visit the museum which portrays the history of the Jag Mandir Island.
City palace is another must-visit place near Lake Pichola. It has an interesting history as the structure took 22 generations of Mewar Dynasty to complete with every king adding something to the palace. The beauty of the city palace increases during sunset, with starry sky and illuminations reflect off the lake and put up an enchanting view to the eyes of the visitor. Mohan Mandir is another structure you should visit. It was built specifically to witness the festival of Gangaur, which is a colorful festival celebrated by women all across Rajasthan.
The Arsi Vilas is a small building which was used as an armory and to view sunset during earlier times, is now used mainly for bird watching.
Another mesmerizing palace on the Lake Pichola is the Fateh Prakash palace Udaipur. The palace was built by one of the most prolific builders of Mewar, Maharana Fateh Singh. There are beautiful paintings, chandeliers and royal crockery in the palace to see. Bagore ki Haveli is one of the old mansions which is now converted into a hotel. The peculiarity of the Bagore ki haveli is that it houses a museum and also organizes cultural shows during evenings. Attend those shows and experience the majestic culture of Rajasthan.
You can do boating in Lake Pichola and delve into the magnificence of this majestic lake. The ticket ranges from INR 400 to INR 600 for adults and INR 200 for children. The price for sunset cruise is differs from the earlier one. It is INR 700 for adults and INR 400 for children.
The Pichola Lake is open from 9:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M every day. While for boating, the time is from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Come let your worries vanish in the Lake Pichola of Udaipur in India.