Lakes are an integral part of our lives though most of them are not used for drinking water purpose. They actually help in ecological balance and charge underground water. Hence, lakes are the most important water bodies. We have small urban lakes, large reservoirs, lagoons, salt-water lakes, high altitude lakes and even crater lakes in India.
These waterbodies are not only the ecological balancers but also serve as tourist spots. While some are an abode of avifauna, the others are just hangout spots. Many lakes are also given a holy status as narrated by some religious or mythological texts. Therefore, lakes have equal significance in terms of nature, history as well as mythology in India. It is not just rivers but many lakes are also considered sacred by different religions.
In this article, we are going to explore some famous lakes in Gujarat. Yes, let us know more about their origin, history and mythology surrounding these waterbodies. Definitely you can make a visit to some of these lakes during your trip to Gujarat.
Once upon a time Kankaria Lake was used as bathing place of the Kings. Yes, it is 15th century lake which was called as Hauz e Qutb. Today, Kankaria Lake is one of the top tourist attractions in Ahmedabad. In fact, it is surrounded by attractions like Kankaria Zoo, Dutch Tombs, Nagina Wadi (island), Kids City and so on.
Nal Sarovar is a bird sanctuary which is a home to resident as well as migratory birds. Nal Sarovar Lake is situated around 78km from Ahmedabad. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1969 and till today it is one of the biggest wetland bird sanctuaries in Gujarat.
Sursagar Lake is one of the beautiful attractions in Vadodara. The serene vistas of the lake and the tall Shiva idol at the centre allures a lot of visitors. Sursagar Lake is also called as Chand Talao in Vadodara.
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Thol Lake is an ecotourism spot in Kalol of Gujarat. It is one of the well-known bird sanctuaries in Gujarat. Thol Lake is an abode for several birds species including some endangered ones.
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Hamirsar Lake is an artificial lake which was created by the King Rao Hamir. It is the centre of attraction in Bhuj. Hamirsar Lake is one of the favourite hangout spots in Bhuj.
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Narayan Sarovar is considered as one of the sacred lakes in Gujarat. Mythologically, it is considered as one of the five holy lakes. Narayan Sarovar in Kutch district is surrounded by many temples and historical places.
Gomti Lake is located at Dakor of Vadodara. According to the legend, Bhima of Mahabharata created a big lake out of a small pool to help the villagers. It was named as Gomti Lake after the Gomti River in Dwarka.
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Saputara Lake located in the hill station of Saputara is one of the famous lakes in Gujarat. Saputara is one of the offbeat hill stations in the Western Ghats of Gujarat.