Pichola Lake, Udaipur

Pichola Lake

Pichola Lake (Sanctuary) snapshot

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About Pichola Lake (Sanctuary)

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Pichola Lake is an artificial fresh water lake that has been named after the nearby Picholi Village. Created in the year 1362 AD, it is one of the several contiguous lakes, developed over the last few centuries in and around Udaipur city.

To meet the drinking water and irrigation requirements of the city and its neighbourhood, the lake was primarily created by building a dam. In 1362 AD, the lake was built by Banjara, a gypsy 'Banjara' tribesman, who transported grain during the reign of Maharana Lakha.

Impressed by the beauty of the lake with the backdrop of green hills, Maharana Udai Singh founded the city of Udaipur on its banks. With the construction of a stone masonry dam in the Badipol region located on its shore, he also enlarged the lake.

Over the centuries, the lake’s surroundings and the several islands within the lake have been developed with palaces, marble temples, family mansions and bathing ghats or chabutaras.

The 4 km long and 3 km wide lake has a palace, called the Lake Palace, in its centre, which is now converted into a heritage hotel. The lake that has a surface area of about 696 hectares has depth varying from a minimum of 4.32 metres to a maximum of 8.5 metres.

To commemorate the legend of a tightrope walker, the Natini Chabutra, a raised platform in a courtyard, was constructed near the lake. After the establishment of the city, from 1560, Maharana Udai Singh II strengthened the dam. From the city, tourists can reach the lake by ‘tongas’, auto-rickshaws and taxis.

What travellers are saying about Pichola Lake

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  • Excellent 49
  • Very Good 41
  • Good 19
  • Average 2
  • Below Average 1
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0
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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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112 traveller reviews for Pichola Lake

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Tushar Patoliya

  • Tourist
  • Tushar Patoliya
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 47 photos
  • 53 Reviews
  •  137 helpful votes
  •  21655 readers

"Lake Pichola"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The entry is free.
Amazing view of pichola lake, paid binoculars are available by which you can enjoy watching luxurious hotels situated in the middle of the lake.
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Eklovya Jain

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  • Eklovya Jain
  • Lives in Noida
  • 6 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  527 readers

"For a serene evening"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2017
Since most of Udaipur is around Lake Pichola, you get to see it a lot. But we really loved sitting on the Gangaur Ghat, next to Bagore ki Haveli. It is really calm and peaceful in the evening and you can just sit there and enjoy the lake.
Tip - You can relax here, while you wait for the show to start at Bagore ki Haveli.
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Ani Parihar

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  • Ani Parihar
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  61 readers

"Wonderful place to visit."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 24, 2017
It's such a beautiful lake in India. We can say that it's a heart of Udaipur. Without visiting at lake pichola your trip is not completed. When we do boating in this lake it's feel like a heaven travelling. So guys go for it and be aware of cheaters who are always there at the nearby lake pichola they can be fotografers.
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Anil sain

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  • Anil sain
  • 3 Reviews
  •  709 readers


  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2017
Lake pichola is such a wonderful lake I enjoyed here a lot. While doing boating in this lake it's seems that we are travelling in the heavens. I would say that without doing boating in the lake pichola the trip can't be completed. Lake is such a beautiful place to visit.
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Nishant Abhinav

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  • Nishant Abhinav
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  8428 readers

"A Lake that mesmerises you"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 2, 2017
You must have heard and read about this charming lake in Udaipur but believe me, you will be mesmerized by its beauty. You can either do a boat ride or only sit and relax by the lake and admire the beauty. Its surrounded by Hotels like the Oberoi, where the famous 007 movie Octopussy was shot.
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Somvir poonia

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  • Somvir poonia
  • 3 Reviews
  •  159 readers

"Must go .. Don't miss please"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2017
My finding about Pichola lake and related sights is like this: enjoy the view of the lake from its bank. Very picturesque place.
Also enjoy a boat ride here.
When we talk about a boat ride, there 2 types of boat rides available : 1st one operated by Nagar Nigam which is cheaper one. It will give you just a ride in the lake.
2nd one operated by City Palace. This ride is costlier, but I recommend you to take this ride, if you are willing to spend a little more money. Because this ride will take you to Jagmandir, a garden, just amid of the Pichola lake. Jagmandir: Not to miss place.
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Gautam S

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  • Gautam S
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  3175 readers


  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2017
All the main monuments in Udaipur are on the banks of the pichola lake. You can visit the city palace and spend at least 3 hours there. There are many 5 star hotels located in the premises of the city palace. In the evening one can take the sunset boat ride to jag mandir. The boat ride is spectacular for photography. In the evening one can see the sound and light show at the city palace.
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Jignesh shah

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  • Jignesh shah
  • 2 Reviews
  •  125 readers

"Lacks upkeep and basic amenities"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2016
Entry to lake is thtu a narrow street crowded by haphazardly parked cars and autos
There is complete absence of basic amenities like toilets restaurants and even benches
Lake is dirty with algae growth and plastic wastes. Seets it is never getting cleaned up
Only attraction is boat ride which charges 150 Rs for a 20 minute ride in congested boat
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Arun Mathur

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  • Arun Mathur
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 5 Reviews
  •  809 readers

"Arun Mathur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 27, 2016
During monsoon, Pichhola lake was full. The lake, surrounded by lush green mountains makes a beautiful sight. City Palace Hotel and Jail Mandir located in the middle of lake makes it more attractive. A boat ride around these is a memorable experience. Most of the top end hotels are located around Pichhola lake as it offers a really picturesque sight. Udaipur has five lakes and all are inter connected such that water level in each of them is automatically regulated. Finally there are flood gates to release excess water to another lake some 26 kms away. Wonderful water level management system designed hundreds of years before.
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  • Prasad
  • Lives in Mangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  193 readers

"Padma Prasada"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 5, 2016
I stayed in the bank of lake pichola. Thamla haveli. The view of lake pichola is mesmerising in evening time and night. I loved this place want to visit again in future. I must say one must visit this place with family once in lifetime. City palace is another attraction in the bank of this lake.
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