Touring India—Lake of Palaces

There is a beautiful lake in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India….. Its name is Pichola.map India Udaipur

On one side, its waters lap at the base of ancient homes; boat docks; wide concrete steps called ghats, where women come to wash their saris or string marigold garlands; and the towering fort-like walls of the City Palace. On the other side, hazy mountains seem to float in the sky.

Legend has it that the lake was created in the 15th century when a gypsy Banjara tribesman built a dam so that his livestock could cross a stream. Maharani Udai Singh II built his shining city of Udaipur around the lake in 1560, while strengthening the dam and enlarging the lake. It’s currently 3-miles long, 2-miles wide and 30-feet deep.

Within its waters are two natural islands, each supporting a palace. The white Taj Lake Palace is exclusive to guests staying at its hotel, but you can see its interior in the 1983 James Bond film “Octopussy.”

The Jag Mandir, or Lake Garden Palace, made of marble and yellow sandstone (including 8 white-marble elephants guarding the palace), was built in the 1550s as a hiding place for Prince Khurram, who became Shah Jahan—builder of the Taj Mahal. Later, Maharana Swaroop Singh sheltered several European families here during the revolt of 1867. The hotel caters to weddings and other lavish events, and the palace gardens bloom with roses, jasmine flowers, palms, frangipani and bougainvillea.

From the comfort of a marigold-draped boat, our small tour group cruised the lake and then disembarked for an exploration of Jag Mandir, where we learned that jazz legend Kenny G, who had been on our flight from Delhi to Udaipur the previous day, was scheduled to perform on the palace stage that evening.. Afterwards, we re-boarded our boat and headed back to the city proper.

I hope you enjoy the visual tour of Pichola Lake. As always, click on any photo to begin the slideshow.

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  1. anitamcmahan@comcast.net

    I clicked on the pictures and it just says file not found on every one.

    Anita McMahan

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    • Hi Anita,

      I’m wondering if anyone else is having this problem. Can you try another browser? Sometimes things work in Firefox but not in Safari, or visa versa. If you try another browser or try on someone else’s computer, you might be able to see them. I’ll ask a few friends to check, too. See if anyone else is having problems seeing the photos.

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  2. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy seeing your travels through your lens. The shots are wonderful and I love the background you provide. It makes me feel that I have visited some place I know I will never see in person. Thank you.

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    • You really make my day with your wonderful comments. I’m so appreciative that you enjoy the travel posts. I like nothing better than to share my travels and know that people feel they are “there” through my words and photos. It’s the best high ever. So thank you! Thank you!
      p.s. India was a place I never thought I would go to. It’s nice to know life can surprise us in “travel” ways🙂

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