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Lake Pichola

Listed under Lakes in Udaipur, India.

  • Photo of Lake Pichola
  • Photo of Lake Pichola
  • Photo of Lake Pichola
  • Photo of Lake Pichola
  • Photo of Lake Pichola
  • Photo of Lake Pichola
Photo of Lake Pichola
Photo by Donna Dawson
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On the banks of the shimmering lake Pichola, is one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Nestled among the lush hills of the Aravalis, it has inevitably been dubbed the 'Venice of the East'. It is a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carries the flavour of the heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry.

Founded in 1568 A.D by Maharana Udai Singh, the city is a harmonious Indian blend of whitewashed buildings, marble palaces, lakeside gardens, temples and Havelis. According to the legend, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichola. Maharana followed the advice of the hermit and founded the city. The marvelous architecture of the palaces is spell bounding.

Maharana Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded the city. He built a masonry dam known as Badipol and the lake is now 4 km long and 3 km wide. This picturesque lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir, another island in the Lake Pichola, which is known for its garden courtyard. Shah Jahan took refuge here while revolting against his father. The City Palace extends along its eastern banks. There is now a small hotel here which looks very posh!

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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