Lake Pichola, an artificial freshwater lake created in 1362, inspired the founding of Udaipur on its banks. On a calm day, the placid, glasslike water reflects the city's skyline, complete with white marble palaces, temples, mansions and ghats and lending credence to the city's nickname as the Venice of India.

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.

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Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur with Private Transport

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

Location: Udaipur, India
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

From USD $71.25

Private Tour: Full-Day Udaipur Day Tour with Boat Ride

Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East, boasts several sparkling lakes against a backdrop of the Aravail hills. Include the magical Lake Palace and the ...  Read more

Location: Udaipur, India
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00

Private 8-Day Rajasthan Tour from Delhi Including Udaipur, Neemrana and Lake Pichola

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

Location: New Delhi, India
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,748.00

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