August 14, 2014

My TripAdvisor Review No.42: Lake Pichola, Udaipur

“Good for a Boat Ride in Fantasy Land.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 13 August 2014 NEW
Lake Pichola is probably one of the most beautiful urban lakes in all of India, if not the world. In the background it is surrounded by the lovely hills of the Aravalli range, and on the banks are the magnificent palaces and havelis of the Rajput maharajas and noblemen. The most prominent amongst these palaces is the City Palace, built by Maharana Udai Singh in the 16th century.

There are two beautiful palaces in the middle of the lake too, the Jagmandir and the Jagniwas. The Jagmandir palace has been converted to a restaurant, whereas the Jagniwas palace has been converted to the famous ‘Lake Palace Hotel’ run by the Taj group of hotels.

We took a boat ride from the jetty near Dudh Talai, which is run by a private operator, and charges Rs.100 per head for a 20 minute motor boat ride. They take you around the lake and you can see the various palaces and havelis from close quarters. There is another boat ride originating at the City Palace jetty which charges Rs.325 per head, which lets you disembark on the Jagmandir Island for 20 minutes, and then brings you back.

Many of the havelis around the lake are now hotels, and their restaurants are generally on their rooftops and terraces, where you can enjoy a romantic dinner watching the glittering lights on the lake.
Visited July 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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