Lakes are an important part of tourism throughout India. It holds an important place in Rajasthan tourism. Though majority of them are man-made and are constructed with some purpose, the mesmerising and picturesque beauty of these serene lakes cannot be underestimated. Be in stress or depression, few moments spent by the side of these lakes will make your day.
Udaipur in Rajasthan is known as the City of Lakes. Other than Udaipur, there are also other places in this state which have become major tourist hubs of Rajasthan tourism. Some of the best lakes in India nestles by the foothills of Aravallis while others enhance the beauty of the palatial forts.
Some of the best lakes of Rajasthan are listed here. Hope you enjoy discovering their enticing charm and depth.
One of the captivating lakes in Rajasthan, Maota Lake is bordered by Amer Fort or Amber Fort in Jaipur. It is situated in Amer Village which is 11km from the Pink city. Jaipur. The Sheesh Mahal of Amer Fort overlooks the bewitching views of Maota Lake. Tourists flock here round the year to get the amazing view of the lake.
Popularly known as the 'City of Lakes', Udaipur harbours many lakes which beautifies the entire city. Other than Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake, the Lake Palace is one of the best tourist spot, which displays the features of royal era. Apart from these two lakes, there are Ransagar lake, Swaroopsagar Lake and Udaisagar Lake which are maintained by National Lake Conservation Plan.
Lake Foy Sagar
Situated in Ajmer of Rajasthan, this man made lake is fascinating in beauty. The lake is named after its engineer. The lake served a huge purpose by saving Ajmer from famine. The Aravallis by the lake offers a magnificent view. Lake Foy Sagar attracts tourists from all over the world. It is an important part of Rajasthan tourism.
One of the best lakes in India, Nakki Lake is situated at Mount Abu in Rajasthan. The Aravallis by the lake gives an entharalling view. It is considered sacred by Hindus and has legends related to it. It even holds historical significance as ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was immersed in this lake. Fountains at the lake are not to be missed at evenings.
One of the most renowned lakes of Rajasthan tourism, Lake Pichola is situated at Udaipur. It is an artificial fresh water lake with two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir. Jag Niwas harbours the renowned Lake Palace in it. It is easily accessible from every corner of Udaipur and also from other places in Rajasthan. The backdrop of the lake is formed by stretches of green hills.
Sambhar Salt Lake
This bowl shape lake surrounds Sambar Lake Town. It is bowl in shape and is famous for being India's largest inland salt lake. It is responsible for maximum salt production in Rajasthan. Located in Nagaur, it is easily accessible from Jaipur and Ajmer. It also has a long dam and the basin is constructed of sandstone. Many mythological stories of Mahabharata are related to this lake.
Ana Sagar Lake
This artificial lake of Ajmer is an important tourist hub of Rajasthan. The lake has historical significance as it was constructed by Prithviraj Chauhan's grandfather. Even the pavillions were constructed by Shahjahan and Daulat Bagh Gardens by Jehangir. The island at the centre of the lake seems very attractive and can be accessed by water scooter or boat.
This lake in Ajmer is considered highly sacred by Hindus. It is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus as it is considered that Lord Brahma was the creator of this lake. 52 bathing ghats are clustered with people during Pushkar Fair. More than 500 temples are found around this pious lake. The lake also supports healthy aquatic life.
This lake of Rajasthan is actually a reservoir which is 5km from Jodhpur. Other than being a vibrant picnic spot, Balsamand Lake provides water to Mandore. Balsamand Lake Palace is another attraction of this place. The verdant greenery surrounding the lake comprises of trees like plum, papaya, guava and pomegranate. Jackals and peacocks forms the fauna.
Situated in Jodhpur, this beautiful man-made lake was constructed by Pratap Singh. The water in this lake is supplied by Indira Gandhi Canal. Natural vegetation forms the greenery around which comprises of babool trees. Winter season is the best time for bird watchers as migratory birds like Siberian cranes flock here. It is also catered to for being the source of drinking water in Jodhpur.
Also known as Jaisamand Lake, Dhebar Lake is the largest man made lake of Asia. Situated in Udaipur, this lake is adjacent to Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary. Teak forest clusters by the lake which owes three islands. Bhil Minas is the tribe of people who resides in these islands. The Jaisamand Island Resort is one of the most expensive resorts of Rajasthan which nestles on the biggest island of the lake. Dhebar Lake Marble Dam is an important spot of Rajasthan tourism.
Man Sagar Lake
Jal Mahal is one of the most beautiful monuments in India which is situated in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Traditional wooden boats, particularly Rajput style are found by the clear lake which floats through the water overlooking the gigantic Aravallis with temples and forts. The lake was a paradise for bird watchers as it harboured more than 150 species of birds, whose count is detoriarating with the passage of time.
Fateh Sagar Lake
It is one of the best lakes in Rajasthan and is situated in the north of Lake Pichola in Udaipur. This artificial lake was constructed by Maharana Pratap. 3 islands on the lake serve different purposes. It also harbours variety of flora and fauna. Aquatic life is also quite healthy here. Hariyali Amavasya Mela is one of the celebrations which take place by the vicinity of this lake in the Hindu month of Shravan.