Rajasthan has a royal history which is reflected from every nook and corner of this state. The culture of Rajasthan is very vibrant and colorful. With many lakes in the city Udaipur maintains a pleasant weather throughout the year.
There are several lakes in Rajasthan which also describe the rich culture of the state. The lakes are Rajsamand Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, Nakki Lake, Kaylana Lake, Raj Bagh Talao, Malik Talao, Lake Fateh Sagar, Gadsisar Lake, Lake Pichola, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, Raj Bagh Talao, and many others.
Firstly talking about Lake Pichola then Lake Pichola, situated in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake, and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. Followed by Nakki Lake is a lake situated in the Indian hill station of Mount Abu in Aravalli range. It is a very ancient sacred Lake, according to the Hindu legend. It is called by this name because it was dug out from Nails (Nakh). There is the Toad Rock on a hill near the lake. Toad rock is so called as it looks like a toad about to jump into the lake, from the side of the rock facing the lake.Boating in the lake and horse rides around the lake are available.
The prominent Sambhar Salt Lake, India’s largest inland salt lake, which is located at the west of the city of Jaipur. The Mahabharata epic mentions this place as part of the kingdom of the demon king Brishparva, as the place where his priest Sukracharya lived, and as the place where the marriage between his daughter, Devayani, and King Yayati took place. A temple dedicated to Devayani can be seen near the lake. Fatah Sagar Lake is situated in Udaipur city and there are three small islands around this lake the largest of these is the island called the Nehru Park which is a popular garden with a restaurant and a zoo, the second island houses a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain and the third island is the address for the Udaipur Solar Observatory (USO).
ANA SAGAR LAKE,AJMER
The gorgeous man-made Anasagar Lake is situated to the north of the city of Ajmer. It was made in 12th century by building a dam across the river Luni and was named after the then ruler Anaji Chauhan, who constructed the lake during 1135-1150 AD. Later, the Mughal emperor Jehangir contributed the Daulat Bagh Gardens and Shah Jahan built the ‘Baradari’, a marble pavilion to add to its tranquil beauty.
FATEH SAGAR LAKE,UDAIPUR
The pretty Fateh Sagar Lake of Udaipur is located to the north of Lake Pichola was originally built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh as a medium-sized perennial storage reservoir. Surrounded by holls on three sides and Pratap Memorial on the fourth, it presents captivating scenery. Maharana Fateh Singh reconstructed the dam that had been destroyed due to heavy rains and thus, the lake was named after him. It now serves as a second major source of drinking water of the city.
Drive along the east bank as you take in the scenic beauty of the lakeside. The boat ride to any of the three islands of the lake is as much enjoyable. The largest of them is a lovely garden known as Nehru Park after the first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru. It has a boat shaped café, which is a delight for the tourists. The second island has an installation of high-resolution solar observatory. It is considered a prime site for obtaining good solar images. The smallest island to the west supports a jet fountain. Lake Fateh Sagar is connected to Lake Pichhola through a canal having gates. Shaped like a pear, the lake has scant vegetation surrounding it.
Gadsisar Lake of Jaisalmer, is not only a place worth seeing but is also the only source of water supply of the city. It was built as a reservoir to conserve rainwater in 1156. Maharwal Garsisingh rebuilt it in 1367 and thus, lake was named after him. There is an interesting legend attached to the place. A courtesan called Tilon proposed to the king that she wanted to build an arched gateway here for the beautification of the place. However, the ruler could not bring himself to relent to the idea, as he would have to pass under the gateway built by a prostitute every time he visits the tank, so he refused it curtly. Tilon was hurt but shrewd as she was, she was determined to get it done. She waited patiently for the right opportunity and when the king was away on some account, she got a palatial archway built and added a small temple of Lord Satyanarayan on its top so that the dismayed king was unable to severe it down. This gateway got her name and is known as Tilon Ki Pol and proudly stands intact to this day. There are number of small temples and cenotaphs that have sprung up along the banks of the lake with time and it is an ideal place to spot some of the most beautiful birds.
Maharaja Udai Singh did not underestimate the panoramic beauty of Lake Pichola surrounded by beautiful hills when he chose to widen it. Later Maharaja Jagjit Singh conceptualized the two beautiful island palaces in the middle of the lake, now, known as Jag Niwas (the much-renowned Lake Palace) and Jag Mandir that adds to the shimmering beauty of the lake. Lake Pichola has a masonry dam known as the Badipol and is 4 km long and 3 km wide. However, it is not very deep and during severe droughts, one can even walk up to the island palaces from the shore. The City Palace adorns the east bank of the lake while it is surrounded by a plethora of marble temples, mansions and palaces and a number of bathing ghats. The boat ride in the blue waters of the lake, especially, in the backdrop of setting sun is absolutely not worth missing.
SARDAR SAMAND LAKE,JODHPUR
Developed by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933, the resplendently beautiful Sardar Samand Lake is 60 km from Jodhpur. The drive to the lake is as interesting as the lake itself. Black Bucks, Neelgais and Chinkaras constitute the wildlife of the region and can be often spotted during the drive. The smiling folks of the Bishnoi villages are a pleasure to see. Bishnois are known for their passion to conserve the plant and animal life alike. The tranquility and quiet serenity of the place not only beckons the tourists but also a large variety of migratory birds that form a delightful plumage to watch. The chic art-deco summer palace of Maharaja Umaid Singh, the Sardar Samand Lake Resort, which once served as the hunting lodge of the Jodhpur loyalty, stands proudly on its banks. The sprawling grounds and gardens of the resort offer enchanting walks and breathtaking views of the grandiose shimmering waters of the lake.
Covering an area of 36 km sq, Jaisamand Lake is the second largest artificial lake in India. The embankment is decorated with ornate cenotaphs with immaculate carvings. The palace on its northern side is alluring as well. If you decide to chill in the palace’s courtyard, just prepare yourself for a dazzling view of the Jaisamand Lake.Jaisamand today is one of the loveliest lakes of Rajasthan and has its history dating back to 1685, when Maharana Jai Singh commissioned the project, along with building a dam on Gomti River.
With the backdrop of Nahargarh Hills, Mansagar Lake allures with the historic Jal Mahal. In fact this is among those Rajasthan lakes where boating is not allowed, however, an observation point on its embankment allows a soulful panoramic view of the area.
Many migratory birds – such as blue-tailed bee-eaters, grey heron and wagtails – can be seen here. Pick an accommodation that let’s you enjoy the beauty of the lake whenever you want.
SAMBHAR SALT LAKE, SAMBHAR JAIPUR
Made up of water is saltier than seawater, Sambhar Salt Lake is a little different from other Rajasthan lakes. This is the largest inland salt lake in India, renowned for housing the largest salt production house in India. Also, it is historically an important lake that finds mention in the Mahabharata.
Since Sambhar Salt Lake is among the lesser known lakes in Rajasthan, whoever visits the region gets to witness the real ethnicity and culture. However, many people visit the lake to enjoy birdwatching, safari and other sightseeing attractions.
PUSHKAR LAKE, PUSHKAR
Perhaps not many people know, but Pushkar Lake is a Hindu pilgrimage spot. And as per Hindu scriptures, this place is Tirtha Raj (most important water-body pilgrimage spot). The main highlight of the lake is the temple of Lord Brahma, along with 500 other temples.
Pushkar lake has 53 bathing ghats, and the water is believed to have medicinal properties. If you’re planning to visit this spiritual hideout, pick from the most amazing resorts in Pushkar for a memorable stay.
NAKKI LAKE, MOUNT ABU
Nakki Lake is nestled in the beautiful hill station, Mount Abu. Nakki, which means nails in local dialect, got its name from the popular story in the region that suggests that the lake is dug out from nails.
The scenic backdrop weaves a perfect hideout for couples, and this is why it is also known as the “Love Lake of Mount Abu”. Also, Nakki Lake is considered sacred for the Garasia tribe, who worship the lake in remembrance of their ancestors.
BALSAMAND LAKE, JODHPUR
A popular picnic spot and a perfect getaway in the lap of Rajputana grandeur, this is among the few lakes of Rajasthan that allow you to unwind and soak yourself in utter luxury.
Balsamand Lake was built in 1159 AD, and is embraced by lush gardens comprising of pomegranate, guava and mango trees. Peacocks and other species of birds and animals can be found in the region. When planning a trip and deciding on a stay, do consider the opulent Welcom Heritage Lake Palace for an unforgettable holiday.
Kaylana Lake is located 8 km west of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India. It is an artificial lake, built by Pratap Singh in 1872. The lake spreads over an area of 84 km2. In ancient times this region had palaces and gardens made by two rulers of Jodhpur – Bhim Singh and Takhat Singh. These were destroyed to make Kaylana Lake.
The lake is situated between igneous rock land formations. It receives its water from Hati Nehar (translation: elephant canal), which is further connected to the Indra Gandhi canal. The natural vegetation here mostly consists of Babool trees (Acacia nilotica), and various migratory birds such as Siberian cranes are seen here in the winter season. The city of Jodhpur and all the surrounding towns and villages depend on Kaylana lake as a source of drinking water.
Foy SAGAR- AJMER
Lake Foy Sagar is an artificial lake situated near Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is named after the engineer Mr. Foy, an Englishman, who created it under a famine relief project in 1892. He created it to tackle with harshest conditions of famine under a famine relief project. It appears flat, and offers views of the neighboring Aravalli mountains. The lake is among the tourist spots of the city.