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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Full-Day Private Tour of Udaipur Including a Boat Ride in Lake Pichola, Udaipur, null
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Full-Day Private Tour of Udaipur Including a Boat Ride in Lake Pichola

There is no place in Rajasthan, which appeals more to the imagination of poets, painters, travelers and writers than Udaipur, an oasis in the desert state of ...  Read more

Location: Udaipur, India
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Dinner at Jag Mandir Island with Boat Ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Udaipur, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Dinner at Jag Mandir Island with Boat Ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur

Enjoy dinner at Jag Mandir Island with a boat ride at Lake Pichola. During this 4-hour excursion, you will see Jag Mandir Palace, also known as Lake ...  Read more

Location: Udaipur, India
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.25
Udaipur Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Cultural Show, Udaipur, Dining Experiences
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Udaipur Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Cultural Show

Discover the city of Udaipur on this 8-hour sightseeing tour. See the most visited monuments including City Palace, Jagdish Temple, and Lake Pichola. View ...  Read more

Location: Udaipur, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur with Private Transport, Udaipur, Full-day Tours
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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 Udaipur City Tour including Boat Ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Day Cruises
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Private Udaipur City Tour including Boat Ride on Lake Pichola

Explore Udaipur, City of lakes, on this private full day tour covering the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon ki Badri, Lok Kala Mandal and Pratap Smarak. ...  Read more

Location: Udaipur, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Private City Tour of Udaipur including Eklingji and Nagda, Udaipur, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private City Tour of Udaipur including Eklingji and Nagda

Explore Udaipur, the City of Lakes, to visit such places as the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon ki Bari, Lok Kala Mandal and the Pratap Smarak. Your ...  Read more

Location: Udaipur, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.00

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