Pichola Lake is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Rajasthan, India. Located in the heart of the city, Pichola Lake is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur. In 1362, the beautiful lake was built by Pichhu Banjara during the ruling period of Maharana Lakha. Talking about the dimensions of Pichhola Lake, it is extended to 3 miles in length, 2 miles in width and has depth of 30 feet.
The beauty of this lake has not separated anyone to attract towards it.
The lake looks more enchanting with its scenic surroundings. Maharana
Udai Singh must have been certainly captivated by the charm of this
pristine lake with the perfect backdrop of lush green hills as when he
founded the city of Udaipur, he enlarged this lake. He also constructed
a dam made in stone that falls under the 'Badipol' region on the shore
of this lake.
Pichola Lake is enveloped by lofty Palaces, temples, bathing ghats and
elevated hills on all its sides. In the southern part of this lake,
there is a hill that is known as Machhala Magra and one can see glimpse
of Eklinggarh Fort from here. The City Palace of Udaipur broadens along
the eastern banks of this lake. Built by Jagat Singh, Mohan Mandir is
situated in the north-east corner of Lake Pichola.
Lake Pichola comprises several islands that accompany the calm waters
of the lake. The world-renowned Lake Palace is perfectly located on the
Jag Island of this tranquil lake. Even the Jag Mandir, another
destination of tourists, is located on an island of this lake. Above
all, a trip to Pichola Lake would be incomplete with a boat ride. The
pristine blue waters of the lake leave a soothing impact on the
spectator. At the time sun-set, a boat ride in this lake is sufficient
to enthrall anyone.
Rudyard Kipling mentioned this lake in his Letters of Marque (1899), "If
the Venetian owned the Pichola Lake, he might say with justice, `see it
and die'". The beauty of Lake Pichola attracts people from all over
the world. One can undeniably say for Pichola that once, if you see this
lake, you would definitely fall in love with it. The mesmerizing beauty
of Lake Pichola makes it worth visiting during your visit to Udaipur.