Pichola Lake, Udaipur

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Pichola Lake is a picturesque artificial lake that was developed in 1362 AD and named after a village called Picholi. A dam was constructed in order to meet the drinking and irrigation requirements of Udaipur, which led to the formation of the lake. Maharana Udai Singh was highly impressed by the surroundings of the lake; therefore, he decided to build the city of Udaipur on the banks of this lake.

The lake has a surface area of 696 hectares and its maximum depth is 8.5 m. Over the years, surroundings of the lake were developed and temples, palaces and mansions came to be constructed there. In the vicinity of the lake, travellers can see the Natini Chabutra, a raised platform, which was built in honour of a tightrope walker Natini commemorating the legend around her and her curse. Travellers can hire tongas, taxis and autorickshaws to reach the lake.

There are four islands on the Pichola Lake, Jag Niwas, which houses the Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, which has a palace with the same name, Mohan Mandir, the place from where one could view the Gangaur festival celebration which happens annually and the Arsi Vilas. which served as an ammunition depot and also a miniature palace. A variety of birds, like tufted ducks, coots, egrets, terns, cormorants and kingfishers, flock Arsi Vilas.

 

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