Udaipur is one of the most romantic destination of the world. The marble palaces and bountiful nature offers picturesque visuals. Lakes are great attraction in the city. Udaipur is popular as ‘City of Lakes’ due to presence of multiple lakes, Pichhola Lake being the most popular water body.
Pichhola Lake is a manmade fresh water lake created besides Picholi village near Udaipur. This 4 km long and 3 km wide water body was created in 1362 AD band developed over the centuries to meet the drinking and irrigation needs of inhabitants. The excavation was carried out by Banjaras during the reign of Maharana Lakha. The cool, rippling water reflects the mountainous background. Maharana Udai Singh II liked the ambiance so much that he established entire city on its bank. Maharana also stretched the Lake and built a dam in Badipol area of the water’s edge. One should not miss the mirror image of lighted City Palace in Pichhola water in the evening.
Pichhola Lake surrounds Jag Mandir, Jag Niwas, Mohan Mandir and Arsi Vilas while marble temples and ghats surround Lake. There is much to explore within and around Pichhola. Tourists can have a royal experience at the Lake Palace or Pichhola Palace or Jag Niwas situated in the middle. It is converted into heritage hotel. Mohan Mandir in the northeast of lake, boat rides originating from Rameshwar Ghat within City Palace is located; birds’ sanctuary on Arsi Vilas Island and Sitamata Game Sanctuary along the western outline takes care of various interests of travelers. Annual Gangaur festival celebration had a spanking new energy which the earlier rulers used to watch from Mohan Mandir.
Among the many chabutras (platforms) a chabutra named Natani Chabutra has very famous legend associated with it. Maharana Jawan Singh promised a tight rope walker to give half of the Mewar kingdom if she gets through the lake over a stretched tightrope, running west of the City Palace to the east. It is said that she was cheated and the rope was cut in between somewhere, thus drowned in the lake. That time she cursed Maharana so as to abstain the family from having descendents or heirs. Eventually the curse turned up right as a matter of fact 6 out of the seven Ranas from Jawan Singh was adopted sons.
The water flow narrows somewhere, arch bridges built by Maharana Swaroop Singh connects Pichhola to Saroop Sagar Lake and Fateh Sagar Lake. The crystal clear water flowing through green surroundings are an awesome sight. It houses about 42 species of fishes which are under threat due pollution and many detrimental factors. The spread of 55 km2 has the deepest point of 8.5 m and shallowest point of 4.32 m. Water is rich in sodium and bicarbonate. Couples of Non Governmental Organizations are putting great efforts to maintain pollution free Lake System.
A careful well maintained natural bounty is an asset. Lakes in Udaipur are no way behind the Palaces in carrying the charm of Indian heritage forward.
How to reach udaipur :
Udaipur is one of the most popular and well connected cities in Rajasthan, it is well connected through air and road links as well as railways and because of that a person traveling to Udaipur has all the options available and if a person is planing a road trip then also Udaipur is well connected to all the major cities of Rajasthan.
Maharana Pratap airport or Dabok airport is how the Udaipur airport is known as and it is well connected by daily flights from all the metro cities of India.
Udaipur railway station: It is known as udaipur city railway station (UDZ) and is well connected via rail route will all the major cities and town and trains are available round the clock also it is dotted with a number of hotels and lodges so if a person has not booked a place to stay can easily find accommodation here before starting his journey to the city of lakes .
by road connectivity: udaipur is connected to rest of the country through 3 national highways i.e NH8, NH48 , NH27 and apart from state transport buses there are a lot of private bus operators who connect udaipur to rest of the country and the kind of buses range from regular buses to sleeper coaches and Volvo bus service which is also operated by rajsthan state transport.