Pichola Lake Overview

Ranked 3 of 184 sightseeing in Udaipur

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 DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Arup gangopadhyay

Arup gangopadhyay2.5/5

7 reviews

A dirty place indeed

According to me, this is not worth visiting. No doubt, this is very big lake but lacks cleanliness and maintenance. Concerned authorities should look into its strong potential to become a hot tourist spot. The place was so dirty that even taking a few shots as memory seemed very difficult for us.

Rahul Joshi

Rahul Joshi4.6/5

6 reviews

Must Visiting Place

Lake Pichola: One of the Most Luxrious Place of Udaipur, Eye catching for all Visitors, To add on the boat ride around the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola was serene. The area is drowned in much hustle and bustle as I cruised around seeing some of beautiful structures, the calm waters of the lake and the surrounding mountains make for a picture for a postcard, with the sun setting amidst all this was a picture perfect moment. I Spent a lot time there, boating and Clicking Photos, Lake Pichola and Lake Fatehsagar are both visual treats to all. The properties around the lake is very picturesque,

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Er. rahul

Er. rahul4.3/5

184 reviews

Lake pichola

Beautiful, clean lake with spectacular views from both the Palace and the boats circling. Very nice boat ride and great stop on the island for a rest and glass of wine.
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Tushar Patoliya

Tushar Patoliya3.6/5

89 reviews

Lake Pichola

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

Eklovya Jain3.9/5

14 reviews

For a serene evening

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.

Ani Parihar

Ani Parihar5.0/5

1 review

Wonderful place to visit.

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 traveling. so guys go for it and be aware of cheaters who are always there at the nearby lake pichola they can be fotografers.

Anil sain

Anil sain5.0/5

3 reviews


Lake pichola is such a wonderful lake I enjoyed here a lot.while doing boating in this lake it's seems that we are traveling 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.

Nishant Abhinav

Nishant Abhinav4.3/5

10 reviews

A Lake that mesmerises you

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

Somvir poonia5.0/5

3 reviews

Must go .. Don't miss please

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.Enjoy!!!!

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Gautam S

Gautam S3.9/5

7 reviews


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 start 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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Pichola Lake, Udaipur

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