Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola

Created in 1362 and expanded when the city was founded in the 1500s, Lake Pichola is the centrepiece of Udaipur, often heralded as India’s most romantic city - when its calm surface perfectly reflects the surrounding mountains and Rajput-era palaces that line its banks it isn’t hard to see why. A boat tour of the lake is a best way to see the city’s opulent architecture and can include landing on Jag Mandir Island, which has its own exquisite palace, and time to admire the Lake Palace, which seemingly floats on the water’s surface, now a luxury hotel.  

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Five Facts About Udaipur and Lake Pichola

Udaipur’s nickname is the ‘city of lakes’ due to the interconnected lakes that include Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Jaisamand, Badi and Doodh Talai, which supplies the city and surrounding areas with water

The Oberoi Udaivilas, a hotel housed in a former palace on the banks of Lake Pichola, was voted the best hotel in the world in 2015

Lake Pichola has four islands – Jag Niwas, home of the Lake Palace; Jag Mandir, home to a palace of the same name; Mohan Mandir and Arsi Vilas, which was an ammunition depot

There is a legend of a ‘natani’ (tightrope walker) associated with the lake. After excepting a challenge by Maharana Jawan Singh to walk a rope stretched across the water from the City Palace to a village on the opposite bank to win half the kingdom of Mewar, the natani fell into the lake and drowned after the Maharana ordered the rope to be cut. It is believed she cursed his family, who failed to have any direct heirs from that point on

The James Bond film ‘Octopussy’ was filmed in the Lake, Shiv Niwas and Monsoon palaces in 1983

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