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Lake Pichola, Udaipur

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Lake Pichola Rajasthan

It is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes India. Located in the heart of the city, Pichola Lake is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur. Lake Pichola Rajasthan reflects the cool grey-blue mountains on its rippling mirror-like surface. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhood. The lake has three palace : Jag mandir,Jag Niwas Palace (Lake Palace) & Mohan mandir. Visit to Udaipur-The City Of Lakes is incomplete without a boat cruise in Lake Pichola.

History

Pichola Lake was built in 1362 AD by Banjara, a gypsy “Banjara” tribesman who transported grain, during the reign of Maharana Lakha. Later, Maharana Udai Singh, impressed by the charm of this lake with the backdrop of green hills, founded the city of Udaipur on the banks of the lake and also enlarged the Lake by constructing a stone masonry dam in the Badipol region on the shore of the Lake.

The lake was cherished by several generations from then on and the same is evident by the lovely heritage buildings that they left behind on the four islands within the lake as well as land bordering it

Rudyard Kipling mentioned this lake in his Letters of Marque (1899), “If the Venetian owned the Pichola Lake, he might say with justice, `see it and die'”. The beauty of Lake Pichola attracts people from all over the world. One can undeniably say for Pichola that once, if you see this lake, you would definitely fall in love with it. The mesmerizing beauty of Lake Pichola makes it worth visiting during your visit to Udaipur.

The lake is now 4km long and 3km wide, but remains shallow and dries up completely during severe droughts. At several locations where the lake narrows, ornamental arch bridges have been built to span the waterway between the banks.

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