An evening at Lake Pichola

“Blue, limpid, mighty, restless lakes

God’s mirrors underneath the sky….”

Lake Pichola shimmered with its azure waters reflecting like mirror, the equally gorgeous skies above…

the blue serene waters of lake pichola

the blue serene waters of lake pichola

A large boat whisked us off , all eager tourists on a ride across the tranquil, picturesque and fairly large Lake Pichola.  For an hour we sailed across the lake taking it all in…the beautiful setting sun painting the skies in golden red before plunging in darkness, the distant Aravalli range which dramatically changed colours from green to darker blue to grey as the evening advanced……

The  lake palaces which seemed to float like delicate water lilies on the surface…The huge city palace which loomed up as one continuous structure showing off its grandeur on the better side of lake….

City Palace on banks of Lake Pichola

City Palace on banks of Lake Pichola

The boat took us around the Lake Palace Taj Heritage Hotel which was originally named Jag Niwas after the monarch who built the palace. Built on an island, it lay deteriorating in the lake till the Taj group of hotels took up the renovations adding in the process more rooms and converting it into one of the best Taj heritage hotels.

Well…. I can not afford a room in this five star hotel and I had to be content with seeing it just from outside.

Jag Niwas , now the Lake Taj Palace Heritage Hotel

Jag Niwas , now the Lake Taj Palace Heritage Hotel

The Jag Mandir has beautiful ornate pavilions, intricately carved jharokhas, well laid out gardens, airy corridors and sit-outs, its periphery lined with stone elephants . Now it houses a beautiful restaurant catering to all palates.

Jag Mandir Palace in lake

Jag Mandir Palace in lake

I so wished the boat ride to never end…But as we turned the corner of Jag Mandir, the ride was almost over.  The evening had turned into dull grey and a bit cooler by the time we alighted from the boat. The lake like a mirror again changed its colour reflecting the greys of the evening.

Evening greys reflected in the mirror that the lake is...

Evening greys reflected in the mirror that the lake is…

With nothing much to do except wait for the light and sound show, we headed to the Karni Mata temple atop the hill by the cable car.

In retrospect, the time spent at the hill top was the best time of the day. We could see the expanse of the city and gradually the lights started glimmering in the far away houses, indicating us to leave…

City gearing up for the night

City gearing up for the night

We hurried to the city palace for the night show after the boat ride only to find we were twenty minutes too late and the show was already half over. Disappointed,  we decided to head over to the roof top restaurant near the lake.

The lake, surrounded by palaces, temple, chabutaras and ghats was as spellbinding at night as in day light, in fact even more so. Distant lights mirrored and played on the rippling waves and illuminated the now dark water and I could not bring myself to stop looking at it. I could see the ghats on the other side of lake from the roof top restaurant and sat there long after the meal was over.

The glittering ghats reflect in the lake

The glittering ghats reflect in the lake

I am left wanting for more after this Udaipur trip. It definitely calls for a well planned visit again…






About shoma abhyankar

I like to believe that I am a creative person. I read, write, paint, sketch, rustle up some quick and some elaborate meals for friends and family, love chess, su-doku and scrabble, can hum an old Hindi song tentatively, always stand up for women rights, hate fake people, bugs, roaches, spiders and cigarette smokers!! I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1998. Soon after, I married an officer in Indian Air Force and have been on move since then. For a brief time of two years when we were posted in Pune, I worked as a junior architect in a firm. Being aware of frequent movement that we would have to live with, I chose to be a homemaker and concentrated on creating a warm and welcoming home for my family. But sitting at home without any creative activity was not my cup of tea. I learnt candle making and soon put up an exhibition at Poona Club when my daughter was barely a year old. I also enjoyed a short stint as a home-based entrepreneur, supplying chocolates and cakes on demand, while we were posted in Bareilly. With an inclination towards writing, I completed a diploma in ‘Creative Writing in English’ from Symbiosis College of Distance Learning, Pune. Then I discovered the blogosphere. Now I hope to not only travel and share my experiences with the world but also to pen a book someday....
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9 Responses to An evening at Lake Pichola

  1. Upen Reddy says:

    “The lake palaces which seemed to float like delicate water lilies ” (Y). Hotel stay on those lilies and lake view room ❤ . Good read.

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  3. The lake is beautiful. Like you I also could not afford to visit the Lake Place but saw it from a distance when I visited Udaipur. You have taken couple of nice top shots.

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