Lake Pichola

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Lake Pichola, an artificial freshwater lake in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, has a storied past dating back to its construction in 1362 by Maharana Lakha of the Mewar dynasty. Originally named after the nearby village of Picholi, it has played a crucial role in the development and sustenance of the city of Udaipur. Maharana Udai Singh[1], captivated by its beauty, founded the city on its banks and expanded the lake by constructing a stone masonry dam in the Badipol region. Over the centuries, it has served as a vital water source for Udaipur, supporting agriculture, drinking water needs, and tourism. Today, it stands as a testament to the city's rich cultural heritage and historical significance.


Lake Pichola, located in the heart of Udaipur[2], Rajasthan, spans approximately 4 square kilometers. Surrounded by picturesque hills, palaces, temples, and ghats, it offers breathtaking views and serves as a serene backdrop for the city. The lake comprises four islands: Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir, and Arsi Vilas, each adding to its allure. Boat rides are a popular activity on Lake Pichola, allowing visitors to explore its tranquil waters and admire the historic monuments and palaces that adorn its shores. Its scenic beauty and historical significance continue to captivate visitors, making it one of the most iconic attractions in Rajasthan.