Best time to visitEvening Time
Things to doRelax by the Lake, Watch the sunset, Boat Rides
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples
Rank1 out of 87 attractions in Udaipur
If you want to have a perfect view of the more than perfect landscape of Udaipur, then come to Lake Pichola. It gives you a perfect shot of the old Udaipur. The natural surroundings and the serenity of the place only adds to the experience that you will never forget. You can take a simple boat ride to explore the entire lake and the area around or hire a bike and take a round of the villages and places nearby. The lake is a man-made one with restaurants all around for visitors to take a break. The sunset from the lake only makes the scenic beauty more enthralling. The sunset also ensures that the palaces around look beautiful than ever.
Places to stay near Lake Pichola
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Pichola was the name of a village that was submerged and lent its name to the lake when it was expanded. The islands of Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir is housed in this lake. Along the eastern banks of the lake lies the City Palace. A boat ride in the lake around sunset offers a breathtaking view of the Lake and City Palaces.
Likewise, a visit to Udaipur is incomplete without a meal in a rooftop restaurant. If you are willing to shell out a few grands, then Ambrai is the one to go to. If not, a lot of restaurants in the vicinity of the Jagdish temple offer good views of the lake and are quite friendly on your pocket. We visited one of the restaurants (Sun and Moon) by night and the other (Millets of Mewar) by noon and were not disappointed by the food with a view!
Attractions in Lake PicholaThere are four islands on the lake, which has the following attractions.a) Jag Niwas island – Lake Palace
Spend your next vacation at the floating pleasure palace on Lake Pichola. The Jiva Spa Boat at Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur gives an unexpected twist to a classic spa experience. It takes you on a special boat designed to welcome you aboard to indulge in restorative treatments by skilled therapists and relax on the deck enjoying the views of the pristine blue waters.Must have experience: Vacationers must try the signature wellness treatments exclusively created by Jiva, borrowed from royal traditions of Rajasthan.
Pichola Lake is one of the first lakes of the city created in 14th century. The prime attraction is the view of city palace from the lake while boating. There are 2 islands called Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas. Lake Palace was built by Maharan Jagat Singh II in the island of Jag Niwas. This palace was taken over by Taj Group of Hotels to make into “Taj Lake Palace” in 1971.
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7. You will be back from Sajangarh around 7 pm. Next thing is the Exotic dinner you must take at the Pichola lakeside. City palace is lightened up every evening (until 10pm), which gives a breathtaking view of lake and reflection of monuments in water. Go to Ambrai Restaurant, it is the best among all. Other might offer you roof top but this restaurant has the best view and it is just adjacent to lake
3. Next thing take a Boat ride at Lake Pichola, second among the two famous lakes in Udaipur (There are seven lakes in Udaipur)
2) Lake Palace: Lies in the middle of Lake Pichola. Very serene and beautiful.
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Revel in romance on a boat-ride on Lake Pichola during sunset. An absolutely unmissable experience of all the things to do in Rajasthan.
This city as rightly said is the land of lakes and palaces, where kings reside and travelers rejoice. A Venice in India to make you experience what it is to cover distances in boats and explore the city in its purist form. The lake side restaurants are only to make your trips special and evenings memorable. A romantic getaway as it is correctly said is primarily for the ambience of these lake side cafe's and boat rides. This city has a history of kings and battles and some brave warriors...so a trip to this place is incomplete without a visit to the city palace & haldi ghati. Accommodation in this city is very traditionally designed with ethnic interiors in most of the hotels across all categories- you have palaces and city hotels across all prices. And when it comes to accommodation how can we forget the iconic properties here which are worth a watch even if it's beyond ur affordability- Udai Vilas, Taj palace, Lalit udaipur. So visit this place for the Rajasthani food, palaces and lakes and experience what it is to be in Rajasthan- Rajao ka sthan.
The Lake is in the heart of the city and provides some breath-taking views of the nearby heritage places and some hotels built around the shores – Udaivilas and Taj Palace tops the list. One should pleasure themselves with a dinner or lunch at the Jagmahal, surrounded by water on all sides. You can spot the Sajjangarh fort from this lake while boating and believe it me it’s worth a sigh.
When you reach the city in the morning, and you are hungry the only food that that make your day rocking will be poha, fafda and tea at this place. A small stall with freshly made poha and fafda is morning breakfast for many locals also
Another man made wonder in the city dominated by nature, Lake Pichola was created in 1362 AD. Rana Udai Singh II extended the lake in 16th century. The picturesque lake is surrounded by huge hills, magnificent palaces, temples and bathing ghats. The islands in Lake Pichola offer various tourist attractions and hence by cruising in Lake Pichola, you are sure to have a whale of a time. Sunset views are stunning. Boat cruise offers lovely views of the town, particularly in the evenings as you watch the sun go down on your eyes, you will find the city lit up. The palaces look stunning with the lights on and it is a great view from the lake.
This is the better out of the two lakes, so its better to spend all your lake time on this one alone. Also, you get to visit Jagmandir island on the same boat trip.
Next stop on my list after City Palace was the Pichola Lake. Pichola Lake is perhaps one of the best of the many lakes Udaipur has to offer. It is a lovely place to just walk about. The Lake palace is right at centre of the lake with beautiful terrace café at its banks. The view is simply splendid and the atmosphere just relaxing. A walk along the Pichola gardens is just what you would need to calm your mind. Also, the street side kiosks are worth exploring. They have a wide range of beautiful handicraft items, pretty ‘jhumkas’ (long earrings) and even fancy items like a mini smoke pipe. After a bit of shopping and debating with the vendor about whether the smoking pipe really functions (a fun debate, I must say), I left for my next destination.
A serene lake where one can engage in boating activities. You can find a multitude of snacking options on the banks of the lake.
Lake Pichola is situated in Udaipur, Rajasthan it is an artificial freshwater lake. It was built by "banjara" (gypsy) in 1362 AD. It is the most picturesque lake of Udaipur. The lake is surrounded by a beautiful City palace. offers a heavenly view to the onlooker. There's a beautiful lake palace of white marbles built in between the lake Pichola. Lake Palace was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh II in 1746. Originally, the Lake palace was known as Jag Niwas later it came to be known as Lake Palace. The wonderful architecture of the Lake Palace will send shivers down your spine. Its built with white marbles. It has a series of courtyards, terraces, beautiful fountains as well as gardens. In last few years this palace has been turned into a hotel.
An artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. The lake’s surroundings and several islands within the lake have been developed over the centuries with palaces, marble temples, family mansions, and bathing ghats. The famous Lake Palace (now converted into a heritage hotel) is located in the middle of the lake. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, are located within Pichola Lake. Local buses, auto rickshaws and taxis provide the needed transport.
It is also a must do if you are in Udaipur. You have to take an additional ticket from the City Palace for the boat Ride. It will be a one hour ride with 15-20 mins halt at Jagmandir Island Palace.
It reflects royalty and elegance for which Udaipur is famous. The City palace on this lake is famous as destination for weddings.
If in Udaipur, Lake Pichola should not be missed. Yes, it is a very popular tourist place and is thronged by thousands of tourists from all over the world, which might make people wonder about the lost peace and serenity. But when the evening comes and you get to witness the beauty of the sunset, it leaves one stunned. One gets to know what the beauty of nature means, when you sit by the lake on the peripherals and feel calm and surreal as you feel the cool breeze from the lake in the backdrop of the sunset. As far as the historical backdrop is concerned, Maharana Udai Singh II extended the lake, by flooding Picholi village, which gave the lake its name. This shallow lake is 4km long and 3km wide. But, one thing to be wary of is that the lake is home to crocodiles, which makes it a bad option for swimming or wading. A simple boat ride is the very best way to enjoy the beauty of the lake. The lake also hosts many palaces on its shore and amidst it as well. The City Palace complex extends nearly 1km along the lake’s eastern shore. The best way to reach the complex is a simple boat ride from the shore costing anywhere between 25 Rs to 100 Rs, depending on the season. The world-famous Lake Palace Hotel island of Jagniwas, which is about 15,000 sq meters in size, built by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1754, is also present on this lake. Once the royal summer palace, it was extended and converted into the Lake Palace hotel in the 1960s by Maharana Bhagwat Singh, and is now in the hands of the Indian-owned Taj hotel group. It forms the abode of VIP guests along with many film shootings taking place here.
There are places that lose their charm quickly and then there are places that stay with you long after you have left them, Pichola is definitely in the latter class. The hotel that I was staying at (Raj Niwas) was at the lake and I couldn't have chosen a better location to stay. Morning you have your scrambled eggs with Pichola and the green mountains surrounding it greeting you and you finish your day with Roof Top Drinks with Lake Palace and Jag Mandir Palace all lit up and mirroring themselves in the Pichola Waters. It's beautiful. It Truly is!