Lake Pichola - My Favorite Tourist Spot

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27th Apr 2017
Day 1

Lake Pichola is an artificial fresh water source located in Udaipur, Rajasthan. It is named after the village, Picholi nearby. It was built in 14th century and it is said that the current city of Udaipur was built around the banks of this lake.

Day 2

The lake has several islands and many attractions. It is an important tourist spot in Udaipur just like Jaipur.

Attractions in Lake Pichola

There are four islands on the lake, which has the following attractions.

a) Jag Niwas island – Lake Palace

Photo of Lake Pichola, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Manish Kumar

b) Jag Mandir island – Jag Mandir Palace

Photo of Lake Pichola - My Favorite Tourist Spot by Manish Kumar

c) Mohan Mandir island – festival celebrations (Gangaur festival)

Photo of Lake Pichola - My Favorite Tourist Spot by Manish Kumar

d) Arsi Vilas island – Palace, sanctuary for birds, Natnika Chabutra and others.

Photo of Lake Pichola - My Favorite Tourist Spot by Manish Kumar

Other attractions

a) Magra hill – spot to see Eklingarh fort

b) Boat cruise on the lake

Photo of Lake Pichola - My Favorite Tourist Spot by Manish Kumar

c) Ambrai hotel for dining with view of City Palace and Lake Palace

Photo of Lake Pichola - My Favorite Tourist Spot by Manish Kumar

d) Sajjanagarh Palace spotting

e) Sitamata game sanctuary

f) Ghats like Lal Ghat, Hanuman Ghat and GangaurGhat

Boating on the lake during sunset is an important tourist attraction here. Many other lakes are connected with the Lake Pichola. Some even ride to Fateh Sagar lake to enjoy other attractions.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the lake is from October to March. This is the rainy and winter season in Rajasthan. The climate will be pleasant and the water body will be filled with water from recent rains. The tourist attractions on the lake are at their prime beauty throughout the year. Boating is available from 9 in the morning till 6 in the evening.

Cost

Boat trips would cost 250 rupees and even more for a trip on the lake. For children, the cost would be 130 per head. Longer boat rides that costs more would wait for 20 minutes at Jag Mandir Island for the tourists to visit the palace and return. The rates tend to go higher during sunset and during tourism season. The boat trip last for 25 minutes to one hour based on the package. Each attraction might or might not have its own entrance fee. Dining at the lake palace is another luxury experience that would cost high.

How to reach?

The nearest airport to the lake is Maharana Pratap airport that is located 22 km from Udaipur. The city is well connected through road. From the airport, one can hire buses or taxis to reach the lake. The Lake Pichola bus stop is just three km from the lake and one can hire auto or cab from the bus stop too. You can also find tongas.

Photo of Lake Pichola - My Favorite Tourist Spot by Manish Kumar

Guide availability

If you are planning a private boat ride, English speaking guides would be included if requested. On the other hand, finding a good English-speaking guide on your own is not easy around this area.

Other Attractions near Lake Pichola

If you are visiting Lake Pichola, you can visit other attractions nearby if time permits. Top attractions are

a) City palace of Udaipur

Photo of Lake Pichola - My Favorite Tourist Spot by Manish Kumar

b) Shopping centers near the lake

Photo of Lake Pichola - My Favorite Tourist Spot by Manish Kumar

c) Traditional havelis which can be spotted during the boating

Photo of Lake Pichola - My Favorite Tourist Spot by Manish Kumar

d) Fateh Sagar Lake and Fateh Prakash Palace

credit : Rahul Soni Udaipur Times

Photo of Lake Pichola - My Favorite Tourist Spot by Manish Kumar

Lake Pichola is an important tourist attraction in Udaipur and it attracts thousands of international tourists every year. Lake Pichola is an important attraction included in itineraries of luxury trains serving Rajasthan.

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