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The Picturesque Lake Pichola in Udaipur

By Akshatha Vinayak

Lake Pichola is one of the prominent attractions in the city of Udaipur. It is an artificial lake which was created in 1362 AD and gets its name from a surrounding village called Pichola.

Udaipur is also known for its palaces and lakes in Rajasthan. There are a number of tourist places in Udaipur and Pichola lake is the centre of attraction.

The construction of Jag Mandir palace was started during the reign of Maharana Karan Singh and it was completed by time of Maharana Jagat Singh I (1628 - 1652).

 

Lake Palace is situated on an island of Pichola Lake called Jag Island. This marble architecture was built by Mahrana Jai Singh II in 1746. Today, it serves as a heritage hotel and one of the major tourist attractions in Udaipur.

Boatingin Pichola Lake is most enjoyable as it covers all the monuments built on several islands of the lake. Jag Mandir, Lake Palace, Arsi Vilas Island, Sitamata Sanctaury and Mohan Mandir are the remaining heritage sites in the lake.

The City Palace of Udaipur and the Monsoon Palace on top of Aravalli Hills have been the locations for the James Bond film Octopussy in 1983.

Bird watching in Arsi Vilas and boating around this picturesque lake are the must do things to enjoy your trip in Udaipur!

A View of Lake Palace
  

A View of Lake Palace

Lake Palace was earlier called as Jag Nivas, today it serves as a heritage hotel.
Photo Courtesy: Daniel Villafruela.

Udaipur City Palace
  

Udaipur City Palace

The City Palace of Udaipur has a blend of architectural styles and it is located on the Eastern banks of Pichola Lake.
Photo Courtesy: Dennis Jarvis

Boating in Lake Pichola
  
 

Boating in Lake Pichola

The scenic lake was built by a tribal cheiftain Pichhu Banjara in 1362 AD. It is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Udaipur.
Photo Courtesy: Ramón

Gangaur Ghat
  

Gangaur Ghat

There are many bathing ghats on the banks of Lake Pichola.
Photo Courtesy: Daniel Villafruela

Jag Mandir Palace
  

Jag Mandir Palace

Jag Mandir is located on another island in the lake. It was a summer palace built in 1600's, before the Lake Palace.
Photo Courtesy: Antoine Taveneaux

A Pond Inside the Lake Palace
  

A Pond Inside the Lake Palace

Lake Palace is an exotic hotel run by the Taj Group of Hotels. 
Photo Courtesy: Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces

The Entrance of Jag Mandir
  

The Entrance of Jag Mandir

Jag Mandir is also called as Lake Garden Palace. It is constructed with a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.
Photo Courtesy: Daniel Villafruela

Gul Mahal
  

Gul Mahal

Gul Mahal is the first structure built inside Jag Mandir by Maharana Amar Singh in 1551. It was later developed by Mahrana Jagat Singh.
Photo Courtesy: Vyacheslav Argenberg

A Complete View of Udaipur City Palace
  

A Complete View of Udaipur City Palace

The City Palace of Udaipur is said to be the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. It took several years and several dynasties to finish this palace in Udaipur.
Photo Courtesy: Christopher Walker

Monsoon Palace
  

Monsoon Palace

Monsoon Palace is a hill top palace built on the Aravalli Hills. The name Monsoon Palace is because it was built to watch the monsoon clouds. The palace is also known as Sajjan Garh Palace in Udaipur.
Photo Courtesy: Selmer van Alten

Mohan Mandir
  

Mohan Mandir

Mohan Mandir is another tourist spot in Lake Pichola, it was built for the King to watch Gangaur Festival celebrations.
Photo Courtesy: Ramon

A View of Udaipur on the Banks of Lake Pichola
  

A View of Udaipur on the Banks of Lake Pichola

Udaipur was created by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 AD and Lake Pichola forms the heart of the city.
Photo Courtesy: Ramon

Pichola Lake
  

Pichola Lake

Mahrana Udai Singh improved the lake by the contsruction of two dams.
Photo Courtesy: Pablo Nicolas Taibi Cicare

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