The Dhebar Lake in Rajasthan is located in Udaipur, and is the second largest artificial sweet water lake in the world. The lake is one of the major attractions of the city, and is close to the summer palaces, making it worth a visit on your trip to Udaipur.
Story Behind the Existence of the Lake
Dhebar Lake, also known as Jaisamand Lake, was built by Maharana Jai Singh in 1685. The purpose of constructing such a lake was to get rid of the water scarcity in the area, There was a great need of water for cultivation in Mewar's South Eastern corner hence the ruler then built this lake. The lake covers an area of 93 km. sq. and the deepest point of the lake is around 102ft and the marble stairs lead you to the water.
There is also a dam constructed here, across the Gomti river. The dam has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The dam was the largest artificial lake in the world till the construction of Aswan Dam in Egypt.
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The scenic location of the lake is another reason to visit the place. The backdrop of summer palace of the Udaipur Queens complement the beauty of the Dhebar Lake. You can enjoy boat rides here at nominal rates. The lake is also a home to a lot of crocodiles and migratory birds.
Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm on all days
Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary can also be visited along with the lake. The sanctuary is adjacent to the lake, and was once the hunting grounds of the Kings of Mewar. Some of the animals that can be spotted here are Panthers, Wild Boars, mongoose, jungle cats, etc. among the rest. The lake has three islands that are worth exploring. You can stay at the luxurious island resort on one of the islands here, that offer treks into the wild to explore the fauna of the region.
How to Reach Dhebar Lake
The lake is situated around 48km away from Udaipur city. You can either drive to the lake or take a taxi from the city. Here's how to reach Udaipur.
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Other Places to Visit in Udaipur
The royal city of Udaipur has several other tourist attractions to grab the attention of a traveller. Some of the attractions of this 'City of Lakes' include the City Palace, Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar, Chittorgarh Fort and Ahar Archaeological Museum.
Enjoy a trip to the city of lakes, and don't forget to visit the Asia's second largest artificial lake. Happy travelling!