Lake Pichola, situated in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes, and developed over the last few centuries in and around the city. The lakes were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within the Lake, and have been developed with several palaces there.
There are four islands on the lake with four Palaces :
(1) Jag Niwas, where the Lake Palace is built
(2) Jag Mandir, where the palace is built with the same name.
(3) Mohan Mandir , from where the king used to watch the annual Gangaur festival.
(4) Arsi Vilas, small island which was an ammunition depot, but also a small palace. This one was built by one of the maharanas of Udaipur to enjoy the sunset on the lake.