Lake Pichola is one of the famous lakes in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. It is an artificial lake created in 1362AD. Main of this lake is to meet the drinking needs as well as irrigation needs of the city people. 4 Islands are situated on the lake. Scenic charm to the surroundings of the lake attracts most of the visitors towards this lake. Maharana Udai Singh also impressed with this lake and founded the city Udaipur. Lake is surrounded by hills, bathing Ghats, temples and Palaces. Boat riding is the major attractions of this lake.
What to see in Lake Pichole:
Jag Niwas: It is the luxurious hotel consists of 83 rooms. This hotel gives the best view of the lake.
Jag Mandir: This is also known as Lake Garden Palace. Construction of this palace started in 1551 by Maharana Amar Singh. Completed in 1652 by Maharan Jagat Singh I. This Palace used as a summer resort to the royal families
Mohan Mandir: From this place King would watch the annual Gangaur festival celebrations.
Arsi Vilas: This was established by Maharan’s of Udaipur to enjoy the sunset on the lake. It is famous for Bird Sanctuary. Different variety of birds can be seen here namely Kingfisher, Cormorants, terns, egrets, Coots, Tufted ducks.
What to see around Lake Pichola:
Fateh Sagar Lake: It is an artificial Lake constructed in 1678 by Maharana. It is one of the 4 lakes of Udaipur. Other 3 are Jaisamand Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, and Lake Pichola. It consists of 3 Islands – One Island has Nehru Park, a restaurant and a Zoo. Other Island has Water Jet fountain and Public Park and Udaipur Solar Observatory is using the third Island. It is 4kms away from Pichola.
Udai Sagar Lake: To have plenty of water supplies to the Kingdom this was established by Maharana Udai Singh. Most memorable experience is boating during the sunset season. It is 16kms away from the Pichola.
Dhebar Lake: In India this is the largest artificial lake and in Asia this is the second largest lake. In this lake 3 Islands are situated. One of the famous Islands is Hawa Mahal. Lake was built by Rana Jai Singh. It is located 58kms away from Pichola.
Gulab Bagh and Zoo: Innumerable varieties of roses can be seen here. It is 4th oldest zoo in semi continent. Garden consists of Lotus pond and several trees such as citron, guava, mangoes etc…
Getting to Lake Pichole: Only way to reach this pace is through boat. As it is in Udaipur it is essential to reach Udaipur. This is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities like Indore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai etc… buses and trains are available. Nearest airport is Dabok Airport.
Getting around Lake Pichole: Boats are available to visit the places around Lake Pichole.
Best time to visit Lake Pichole: Between July to September visitors are requested to come to this place. Rohtang Pass which serves as entrance to Udaipur will be closed in the remaining months as it is covered with snow.
Where to stay in Lake Pichole: Lake Pichola is having few luxury hotels. Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Udaipur as well. People who want to have budget and midrange hotels need to stay in Udaipur.
Where to eat in Lake Pichole: Restaurants are available to eat in Lake Pichole. Budget range restaurants will be available at Udaipur.