A boat ride in the City of Lakes is a must, especially in the winter months. Watching the sun go down while you’re in the water, is one of the best moments of life. Udaipur is home to one of the oldest and the biggest lakes – Lake Pichola. It is known for its picturesque and scenic surrounding, taking your breath away the moment you set eyes on it.
The beautiful lake was built in 1362 by Pichhu Banjara during the ruling period of Maharana Lakha. However, it was extended by Maharana Udai Singh who was captivated by the charm of this pristine lake and the perfect backdrop of lush green hills when he founded the city of Udaipur. He also constructed a dam made of stone that falls under the ‘Badipol’ region on the shore of this lake.
What’s interesting is that Lake Pichola is surrounded by lofty palaces, temples, bathing ghats and elevated hills on all sides. In the southern part of this lake, there is a hill that is known as Machhala Magra from where you can spot the majestic Eklinggarh Fort. The City Palace of Udaipur is constructed along the eastern banks of this lake whereas Mohan Mandir, built by Jagat Singh, is situated on the north-east corner of Lake Pichola.
Lake Pichola comprises several islands that accompany the calm waters of the lake. The world-renowned Lake Palace is perfectly located on the Jag Island of this tranquil lake. Even Jag Mandir, another popular attraction amongst travellers, is located on an island of this lake.
Don’t miss out on some tranquility at Ambrai Ghat, located on the banks of Pichola lake. This ghat has the magical power of transforming you into a complete relaxed state in a jiffy. You could head for dinner at the Ambrai restaurant nearby, where you are not only going to be treated to good food, but also a world-class panoramic view of City Palace (an architectural marvel of Udaipur.) You will also get a view of the shimmering hotel Lake Palace, floating right at the bank of the azure Lake Pichola.