Lake Pichola, Udaipur : An artificial fresh water lake

Lake Pichola Udaipur is a freshwater lake.

Created in 1362 AD.

It’s named after Picholi village.

The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water.

And the irrigation needs of the city and neighbourhood.

There are four islands on the lake:

  • Lake Palace
  • Jag Mandir
  • Mohan Mandir
  • Arsi Vilas, this one was built by one of the maharanas of Udaipur to enjoy the sunset on the lake.


Pichola Lake was built in 1362 AD by Banjara ( a tribe).

Maharana Udai Singh Ji was also impressed by the charm of this lake with the green hills and mesmerizing view.

The surroundings and the several islands within the lake have been developed over the centuries, with palaces, temples, mansions, chabutaras and many more.


In the middle of the lake called Lake Palace.

Is considered in one of the best hotels in the world.

Next to it in the lake is the Jag Mandir it has is its own purpose.

And Both of them are very famous locations for shooting.

Octopussy by James Bond was shooted here with few more locations in Udaipur.

According to a study carried out by the “Centre of Advanced Study in Geology”

Punjab University, the water quality of the lake has a high sodium and Bicarbonate content,

which is attributed to the continental weathering due to anthropogenic pressure (tourist influx), intense development activities in the basin area and untreated effluent from municipal and domestic sewage into the Lake.

The semi-arid conditions of the area, saline and alkaline soils/groundwater conditions and weathering of the silicate rock exposed in the drainage basin are assessed as the reasons for the supply of major ions. The report infers that

The increase in phosphate loading and consequent depletion of silica suggests biological consumption of the latter.

The observed chemical data of the Pichola Lake was used to predict the mineral assemblages in the carbonate and aluminosilicate system.

It demonstrates that calcite and dolomite are the possible minerals that are in equilibrium with the lake water system and that the lake water chemistry is in the range of stability of kaolinite.




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