Pichola Lake situated in the heart of the famous city of Udaipur, in Rajasthan is one of the most beautiful and legendary lakes of India. This lake is an artificial lake built in the year 1362 AD by PichhuBanjara during the rule of MaharanaLakha. This large lake splendidly sprawls over an area which is 4 kms long and 3 kms wide and is 300 feet deep.
Years after the lake was built, when MaharanaUdai Singh visited the lake, he was spell bound by the beauty of this lake being scenically surrounded by the Aravallis at the back side, and decided to build a city around the lake. He also decided to extend and enlarge the Pichola Lake. The city built by him today is known as ‘Udaipur.’
Though, Pichola is an artificial lake but, anyone who visits this lake is bound to be awestruck by its beauty and grandeur. The lake has four islands namely Jag Niwas, Mohan Mandir, Jag mandir and, Arsi Vilas each built with a special purpose. The lake is bordered by majestic forts, temples, ghats and, palaces at one side and, charming mountains on the other, making it a perfect picturesque tourist spot.
A boat ride in the lake is a not to miss activity to soak oneself into the enchanting beauty of Lake Pichola, which is wonderfully mentioned in ‘Letters of Marque’ by Rudyard Kipling.The striking features of Lake Pichola attracts tourists from all over the world.