Lake Pichola Udaipur – The Lake of Changing Colours
Udaipur, the city of lakes amidst the golden sand of Rajasthan holds its distinct charm with utmost scintillating scenic view. It’s a city with perfect combination of history and nature. Among so many fascinating spots, Lake Pichola seems to have gained the utmost significance.
History of Lake Pichola
Built by gypsy, Pichhu Banjara in 1300, by diverting course of water from a tributary of Kotra River, he built a dam over it which helped to move his animals while he used to water his grains from the dam water. Years later, Maharana Udai Singh founded the city of Udaipur around this lake, enthralled by its beauty.
Around The Lake
Lake Palace – A heritage hotel of the Taj Group of Hotels gives you an amazing view of the changing colours of the lake and is also known for the amazing royal interior. Once served as a retreat for the kings is said to have more than 80 rooms, however if you are not a Taj invited guest, you will not be able to view the interior architect!
Surprisingly, this white island palace once inspired Shah Jahan to build the timeless Taj Mahal for his lady-love while he took shelter in Gul Mahal from Maharana Karan Singh, who initiated the building of this palace. One of the finest attractions around the lake is a must visit for you!
Now owned by the Government and opens up only during Gangaur was once a viewing area for the King during the festival of Gangaur in early days.
Once served as an armory and now home to chirping birds is an abandoned fort from history in the fourth island of Lake Pichola.
It was built by the Mewar dynasty back in the 16th century. The two gateways, Bara Pol at the front and the triple arched Tripola at the back along with 8 arches between these two will leave you spellbound!
The forts and mansions have been mostly built into luxurious hotels, which draws their charm owing to the lake view. Bagore ki Haveli is a worthy name among the rest, due to its own museum and cultural events held every evening.
Distinct from other lakes, Lake Pichola is known to change its colour throughout the day.It paints itself blue, as if flaunting the depth, during the morning. It turns golden during the noon while the lake reflects completely orange during sunset. The starry night paints the lake midnight blue with reflection of the palaces and forts at the feet of Pichola.
Best Time to Visit Lake Pichola
Winters are the best time to visit the Lake Pichola as the weather is delightful and calm.
How to Reach Lake Pichola ?
Udaipur airport is where you need to book your flights and then take a bus or cab to the lake!
Once you reach Udaipur, Lake Pichola is accessible by all mode of public transport – buses, taxis or auto.
The luxurious Palace on Wheels train includes boat-rides in the lake while it takes you to Udaipur. Promising all comforts with your choice of cuisine and a tour across the majestic forts, palaces and temples this is sure to be a lifetime experience!
Tranquil waters and calmness of the lake makes you feel like heaven on earth! Come and experience the serenity of Pichola amidst the land of golden sand.
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