Lakes in Rajasthan :-
Undoubtedly, it’s the forts and palaces of Rajasthan that attracts the major number of tourists as they reflect the rich heritage and past coupled with the influence of modern lifestyle. But along with these elaborate heritage architectures, lakes also attracts some tourists attention. Such beautiful are the lakes that even Udaipur, a famous destination in Rajasthan, is called ‘City of Lakes’ and ‘Venice of the East.’ The country’s largest salt lake – Sambhar Salt Lake is situated in the located quite close to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Also, these lakes of Rajasthan mark many mythological events too. Legends has it that the Pushkar Lake of Rajasthan appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. The place is also famous for world’s few Brahma temples. Bundi, Udaipur, Pushkar, and Ajmer are some of the famous places of Rajasthan where lakes still dominate the landscape. Even the ruling kings have a played a crucial role in the development of Rajasthan’s lake network.
Ana Sagar Lake Ajmer :-
This manmade lake was built by Anaji Chauhan (grandfather of Prithviraj Chauhan) during 1135-1150 AD. On its bank is a pleasant park, the Daulat Bagh, containing a series of marble pavilions erected in 1637 by Shah Jahan. One can witness the beautiful sunset while boating on Ana Sagar lake. Sprawling across 13 km, the pond captures the picturesque beauty of Ajmer. but acts as a source of livelihood for all the local people of this city. Right in the middle of the lake is an island which can be reached by a motor boat. There are several attractions around the Ana Sagar lake which add to its charm.
Pushkar Lake :-
Pushkar Lake is considered as the holiest lake in India. This water reservoir is enclosed by 52 ghats (personal ghats for 52 Maharajas of India) and 500 temples. According to a Hindu mythology, this lake was created by the fallen petals of Lord Brahma’s lotus when he was destroying the demon Vajra Nabha. Lotus petals were struck at a particular place and water spurted from there giving it the shape of a pious. The charm of Pushkar Lake is also mentioned in some old books like Abhigyan Sakuntalam, Mahabharat and Ramayana. A dip in this holy water can purify one from all the sins, troubles and ailments. Sacred to the Hindus as well as the Sikhs, this lake has its mention in history since the 14th century.
Pichola Lake Udaipur :-
Coming to Udaipur, and missing a boat ride on this lake is like committing a crime. One of the oldest and the biggest lakes in Udaipur, Pichola lake is world famous for its picturesque beauty and scenic surrounding. Rudyard Kipling mentioned this lake in his Letters of Marque (1899), “If the Venetian, owned the Pichola Lake, he might say with justice, see it and die'”. One will fall in love with this lake the moment one sees it. There are many islands within this lake. The famous tourist destination of Udaipur, Jag Mandir is also a part of this lake. The pristine blue waters of the lake leave a soothing impact on the spectator. At the time of sun-set, a boat ride on this lake is sufficient to enthrall anyone.
Fateh Sagar Lake Udaipur :-
Considered as the pride of Udaipur, this artificial lake was constructed under the reign of Maharana in 1960. Boating on the blue water of the lake, which is overlooked by mountains from three sides, is an experience to remember. There is a garden amidst the lake i.e. Nehru Park, which is a lovely open space with a boat-shaped restaurant. Sprawling over 2.4 kms, Fateh Sagar lake is one of the places where travellers can enjoy the scenic beauty of Udaipur. The lake lies on the northwest of the main Udaipur city.
Gadsisar Lake Jaisalmer :-
Gadsisar Lake was a water conversation tank built in 1400 AD, and was constructed under the reign of Maharwal Gadsi Singh. If a traveller wants to enjoy bird watching on their tour to Jaisalmer, then Gadsisar lake is the right place to be. On the bank of Gadsisar lake one can see a gateway made of yellow sandstones known by the name of Tilon Ki Pol. A Krishna Temple is located by the side of the archway. An interesting fact about the lake is that it never dries as it gets continuous water supply from the Indira Gandhi Canal. One can enjoy a calm and smoothing boat ride on this lake. Gadsisar Lake is home to multiple variants of catfishes as well.
Kaylana Lake Jodhpur :-
Kalyana lake is an ideal site for all the bird watchers. It is an artificial lake, and was built in 1872. Spread over an area of 8 km, Kaylana lake is the best spot to witness the spectacular sunset. It is a perfect place to enjoy a day of leisure or indulge in some good time with family, and friends.