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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the most famous lakes in Udaipur?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Commonly known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is a circle of five glittering lakes which add immense beauty to this land of royals. Most of these lakes are wet all year long, only witnessing a part reduction in their volumes in the summer months. Head to the following lakes for soothing boat rides or some splashy fun:

  • Lake Pichola
    Sprawling on for about 4 km, Lake Pichola is the crowning glory of City of Lakes - Udaipur. This artificial lake was made in the 14th century to cater to the shortage of water in the region. The crystal waters of the lake with the backdrop of the Aravali hills was what impressed the erstwhile Maharanas of Rajasthan and leaves spectators awestruck even today. The most amazing aspect of this lake are the four islands that speck its surface: Jag Mandir Island, Jag Niwas Island, Arsi Vilas Island and Mohan Mandir Island. James Bond lovers should surely make it a point to visit the lake, as the movie Octopussy (1983) was shot here.

  • Fateh Sagar Lake
    Another jewel in the glittering lake cluster of Udaipur, the Fateh Sagar Lake was constructed in the year 1678 by Maharna Jai Singh. When the dam of this lake was destroyed two centuries later due to a flood, Maharana Fateh Singh constructed this lake again and rechristened it to the Fateh Sagar Lake. Located to the north of Lake Pichola, this pear shaped lake is a photographer's delight with its three islands of immense greenery and a gushing fountain right in the middle. Come here to witness the Hariyali Amavasya Mela, a local festival celebrated in July/August, which will unfold the myriad colours of Rajasthan right before your eyes. This two day festival is devoted to the celebration of womanhood, and a unique feature of this fair is that it only allows women to participate in the celebrations! In the mood for some sporty fun? Head here for a thrilling experience of high speed boating!

  • Udai Sagar Lake
    Constructed in 1559 by the founder of Udaipur, Maharana Udai Singh, the Udai Sagar Lake stands 13 km east of the city today. While a major part of its waters are used up by the zinc smelter close by, this lake is still visited by tourists for peaceful views of sunsets. The setting sun gives the lake fiery hues of red, which probably reflect the historic tussle by the banks of this lake between Maharana Pratap and Man Singh which led to the Battle of Haldighati.

  • Jaisamand Lake
    Though this one may be a little off your course (about 48 km from Udaipur), it is totally worth the visit for the aesthetic treat. Glorious sprawling on for about 14 km, the Jaisamand Lake is known as the second largest lake in Asia. On arrival at the lake, six cenotaphs of glittering white marble greet you. Take a boat ride in these calm waters and enjoy spectacular views of the Queen's Palace which was built by Maharana Jai Singh here. When you have boated to your heart's content, head to the Jaisamand Sanctuary, which is located on the shores of the lake for an exciting time spotting leopards, panthers and deers in the wild.

  • Rajasmand Lake
    Situated 66 km to the north of Udaipur city, the Rajasmand Lake is surely going to blow your mind with its wealth of marble structures and turquoise waters. Constructed on the Gomti River by Maharana Raj Singh in 1660, this lake is also popularly known as the Rajsamudra Lake. An embankment of beauteous white marble adorns the southern end of the lake, giving the lake a dream like quality. On this embankment, you will find the 'Raj Prasasti', a collection of 27 marble slabs which relate the history of the Mewar Kingdom. Acknowledged as the longest etchings in all of India, the 1017 stanzas of the Raj Prasasti make for a glorious sight, which is bound to remain with you for a long time.

Close your eyes, let the waves gently rock your boat and get transported into a world of complete repose. These lakes, with their abundance of life and great volumes will surely leave you wondering whether you are in the desert state of Rajasthan at all!

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