Pichola Lake, Udaipur

Pichola Lake

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About Pichola Lake

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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.

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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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107 traveller reviews for Pichola Lake

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Somvir poonia

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  • Somvir poonia
  • 3 Reviews
  •  85 readers

"Must go .. Don't miss please"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  •  708 readers


  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  •  51 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
  •  715 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
  •  120 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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Dipesh Vora

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  • Dipesh Vora
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1381 readers

"It's highlight of Udaipur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 25, 2016
Lake Pichola is the highlight of an Udaipur trip. Go walk along the promenade or take a half hour tour by boat to see the mid-lake palaces and get a different view.
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Nikhil chandna

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  • Nikhil chandna
  • 3 Reviews
  •  167 readers

"Best romantic place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 17, 2016
Best place for couples, very romantic place specially during or after sunset. Have dinner in the lake side restaurants. Must visit for place in entire Udaipur. Sit on the Ghat side and enjoy the lovely time with your loved on or group.
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Faisal aman

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  • Faisal aman
  • 16 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  49784 readers

"Mesmerizing experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted May 14, 2016
Pichola Lake is the star attraction for the ones who visits Udaipur, one can enjoy the great view of this lake through boat tour, where the boat operator will pass the boat through all the famous and important structures in the Pichola lake, like the famous Jag Mandir, Taj Lake Palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas hotel etc.
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Mustafa Bohra

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  • Mustafa Bohra
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  • 27 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  28499 readers

"One of the best attraction of city of lakes"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 13, 2016
You will find most of the tourist hot spots of Udaipur near Lake Pichola only. I am listing these attractions here.

1. Lake pichola itself : yes boating in lake Pichola is must you can take a boat on rent or you can enjoy sharing boats. You can take boat from doodh talai corner of lake Pichola. Some hotels also provide boat riding to their guests.

2. Bagore Ki Haveli : Bagore Ki Haveli is situated at bank of lake Pichola at near gangour ghat. Bagore Ki Haveli is a museum and has many historical thing to see of mewar culture.

3. Gangour ghat : Gangaur is colourful and one of the most important festivals of people of Rajasthan and is observed throughout the state with great fervour and devotion by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the consort of god Shiva during March-April. The festival reaches its climax during the last three days. The images of Gauri and Isar are dressed in new garments especially made for the occasion. It's an auspicious hour in the afternoon, a procession is taken out to Gangour Ghat. The procession comes back after offering water to the first two days. On the final day, she faces in the same direction as Isar and the procession concludes in the consignment of the all images in the Lake Pichola.

4. Dudh Talai : doodh talai is an artificial pond made along with lake Pichola. It is saying that one time the king of mewar told to his people of kingdom to make such a thing which is unique in word and so he said that "we will make a pond with full of milk and people has to contribute in it with giving a pot of milk to fill the lake. People went to the lake at night and everyone is thinking that what if they did not pour milk and instead pour water. Every person of kindom do the same and the next morning it's found full of water. But still the lake named dudh talai.

5. Karni mata ropeway: Ropeway is made near bank of lake pichola and tourist use it to go at top. The view of lake pichola and entire city is really awesome. There is karni mata temple. A lot of rates are there. You can feed that rats too.

6. Jungles safari park : jungle safari park at another side of lake pichola. You can reach there using sisarma road from dudh talai. It's a kind of bird park where you can see various kind of bird and enjoy the nature.

7. Hotel Oberoi UdaiVilas : it's a five star hotel and is ranked no1 resort in world 2016 by a prominent travel magazine "travel and leisure". The marriage part of the film yeh jawaani hai deewani was shooted here.

8. Ambrai restaurant and amet haveli : ambrai restaurant is one of the most famous restaurant in udaipur and is situated at bank of lake pichola. The view of city palace and lake palace is really awesome. You can relax there and take the tasty meal.

9. Lake Palace : lake palace is situated between lake pichola is a five star hotel that gives you feeling that you are a king. The warm welcome in typical rajasthani style with flowers and the interior of hotel is mind blowing.

10. Daiji bridge : Daiji bridge is a pedestrian bridge, it's in triangular arc shape. The view of entire lake pichola, lake palace city palace and all ghats can be seen from there.
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Piyush Gulati

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  • Piyush Gulati
  • Lives in Lucknow
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  • 16 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  141618 readers

"Enjoyed boating in Pichola Lake"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 20, 2016
City palace is near lake Pichola. You can enjoy boating in this lake. By boat you can see lake palace. In evening you can feel very relaxed at sunset.
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