As far as wildlife is concerned, the Indian peninsula is a continent in itself where the sheer diversity of the wildlife astounds you with more than 350 species of mammals and 1200 avifauna species in the country.
The people want to do only one thing in the cities during the summers – they want to get away from it. They want a cool getaway in India itself where they can have some respite from the scorching heat of the plains.
Lake Pichola, Udaipur is not a man-made lake but it was widened by Maharaja Udai Singh. In doing so he gave credence to panoramic beauty of the lake, which is nestled amongst numerous hills and surrounded by gardens and palaces.
It was Maharaja Jagjit Singh who conceptualized and built the two magnificent palaces on the two islands in the middle of the lake. One was named the Jag Mandir and other was called the Jag Niwas. The Jag Niwas is now famously known as the Lake Palace hotel and is of one the premier heritage hotels in the world. The Jag Mandir built on a smaller island also accentuates the beauty of Lake Pichola, Udaipur.
A masonry dam 4 km long and 3 km wide, called Badipol, is an integral part of Lake Pichola Udaipur. The lake, in totality, is not very deep and in times of drought you can easily walk up to the palaces on the Island from the shore.
The eastern bank of the Lake Pichola, Udaipur is dwarfed by the grand City Palace. There are also numerous marble temples, old mansions, various palaces, and a number of bathing ghats on this side of the lake.
A visitor to Udaipur can also enjoy a boat ride on the lake with the setting sun forming an admirable backdrop. Close your eyes and just imagine yourself boating on the Lake Pichola, Udaipur. It feels like heaven doesn't it?