The enchantment of Udaipur is enhanced by the Pichola Lake, named after Picholi village. This man-made creation of fresh water was built in 1362AD by the gypsy community, for various conveniences of transportation and water requirements, alongside aesthetic pleasure. Against the hilly backdrop, the lake allured settlements of human habitation and it was further allowed to flow without a break, in and around, making the city a Venice. Udaipur city gradually built up during the reign of Maharana Udai Singh, who also took efforts of constructing a dam in the Badipol region. There are four islands on the lake- Jag Niwas, which holds the Lake Palace(a heritage hotel at present); Jag Mandir; Mohan Mandir; and Arsi Vilas, popular for bird viewing.
Over the years certain changes in the water quality has inevitably cropped up, but adequate measures have been taken to restore the same, because Pichola Lake is a significant place to visit; a place whose beauty calls tourist flux. The “Indianness” is stored by the Ghats on the banks of the lake, the artistic splendour by the Palaces, and the transcendental appreciation of nature by the views from the lake and of the lake.
When to visit : Pichola Lake
Best time to visit: August-February
Opening hours:9:00 AM - 6:00 PM