Lake Pichola earned a spot on in the international spotlight when the Lake Palace, a white marble palace that appears to float on the waters of the lake, appeared in the James Bond film Octopussy in 1983. The dreamlike palace is often used as a setting for a number of Bollywood films as well. The lake's second palace, Jag Mandir, was the structure that inspired Shah Jahan to build the great Taj Mahal in New Delhi, according to local legend. Jag Mandir is open to the public and accessible by boat, but to enter the Lake Palace, you'll need to either book a room or make a reservation in the building’s hotel or restaurants.
Sunrise and sunset are the best times to visit and photograph the lake, and when the lake bed isn't dried up from drought, it's well worth the splurge to stay the night in the Taj Lake Palace Hotel.
Tours & Tickets
What better way to end your day in Udaipur than enjoying a picturesque boat cruise along Lake Pichola? Watch the lake glimmer during a beautiful sunset as you ... Read more
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)
Experience the best of colorful and exotic Rajasthan by visiting the state's major historical sites as well as the more remote, offbeat gems. This 8-day ... Read more
New Delhi, India
Duration: 8 days (approx.)