The City and Lake Pichola

1 - city and lake

View of Lake Pichola from the Karni Mata Temple. The City Palace is to the right. The two islands in the Lake are Jag Mandir (left) and Jag Niwas (right), where the Lake Palace sits.

The Lake is everywhere you look.

It shimmers and gleams, turning a dozen shades of yellow and gold in the course of a day.

The city, with its magnificent palaces and temples, quaint havelis and gardens, and winding alleyways, clings picturesquely to its shores. But make no mistake, the main attraction here is the lake itself.

It is hard to believe that Lake Pichola is man-made; and that it is quite so old, having been created in the mid 1300s.

The city and its Maharanas came after the lake – almost 200 years later. Everything you see at the edge of the water – and occasionally on the water; on one of its four artificial islands – dates from the 1500s and later.

The best experience to be had in the city is to be in a boat on the lake, leisurely taking in the sights by water.

Oh yes, emerge occasionally to take in those winding streets and pay homage to the magnificent palaces and temples – in particular, the Karni Mata Temple high on the hills, where one gets a stunning panoramic view of the Lake.

And by all means don’t miss the City’s colonial district, either, in particular, the delightful Gulab Bagh Gardens, which date to the late 1800s.

But then return again to the water, and watch the theatre of life in the city pass you by as you float.

And above all observe the Lake itself as it shifts its mood and personality like an actress on the stage.

The Lake…

2 - lake and lake palace

Jag Niwas is one of the artificial islands on the Lake – it houses the exquisite Lake Palace.

3 - lake and jag mandir

The other large artificial island on the lake is Jag Mandir, which houses the Jag Mandir Palace, which dates back to the mid-1550s.

4 - chhatris

Along the eastern bank of the lake sit residences, guesthouses, temples and gardens.

5 - close-up city palace

And of course – the magnificent multi-layer-caked structure of the City Palace.

6 - lal ghat guesthouse

Lal Ghat Guesthouse.

7 - gate

Gangaur Ghat is home to the beautiful Bagore-ki-haveli, which dates to the 18th century.

8 - floating platform

Floating pavilion on the Lake…

9 - jag mandir closeup

A closer view of Jag Mandir, with the Gul Mahal visible.

10 - jag mandir

The Jag Mandir palace.

11 - seat

View from the Jag Mandir towards the City Palace.

12 - city palace

The City Palace at dusk.

…and the City

13 - jagdish temple

The Jagdish Temple is a major Hindu Temple in Old Town Udaipur. It dates back to the mid 1600s.

14 - clseup

Close-up of the relief in the Jagdish Temple.

15 - bagore ki haveli

Mural at the Bagore-ki-haveli.

16 - old town scenes

Scenes in the old town…

17 - old town scenes

Scenes in the old town…

18 - old town scenes

Scenes in the old town…

19 - vintage and classic car collection

The Vintage and Classic Car Collection.

20 - church

Shepherd Memorial Church, 1877.

21 - fateh memorial

Fateh Memorial

22 - rca

Rajasthan College of Agriculture.

23 - sahelion ki bari entrance

Sahelion-ki-bari was a pleasure garden built in the early 1700s for ladies of the court.

24 - sahelion ki bari

One of the many fountains in the Sahelion-ki-bari.

25 - cherubs

A delight fountain with cherubs at the Sahelion-ki-bari

26 - victoria memorial hall

The former Victoria Hall, at the Gulab Bagh Gardens. Victoria Hall was built in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria – it housed a museum and library.

27 - udaipur train station

Udaipur Train Station houses an exquisite series of freshly painted murals, in the traditional Mewari style.

28 - detail train station

Detail of murals, Udaipur Train Station.

29 - train station

Detail of murals, Udaipur Train Station.

30 - lake sunset

And finally, a view of Lake Pichola at sunset.



About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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