Udaipur is known as the ‘Venice of the East’ and its main lake, the picturesque freshwater Lake Pichola is renowned for its beauty. Stretching for two-and-a-half miles, the man-made lake was created in the 14th century and named after the nearby Picholi village.
The lake is dotted with several islands, the most famous of which, Jag Niwas, or Lake Palace is a resplendent hotel, seemingly afloat on the tranquil waters.
The picturesque Aravalli Hills and stunning City Palace – a sprawling, fortress-like structure boasting numerous balconies, cupolas and turrets – provide a spectacular backdrop against the gleaming waters. The 17th-Century Jagdish Temple is located in the vast palace complex and features beautifully carved pillars, impressive architecture and Hindu shrines.
The pretty garden Sahelion Ki Bari or 'Courtyard of the Maidens', is a tranquil space with lotus ponds, marble elephants and ornamental fountains.