Some of the lakes are a gift of nature to Rajasthan, while others have been carved out in the earth's surface by the efforts of man to be the source of the drinking water for the civilization and were used as a reservoir to conserve rainwater.
This is perhaps the oldest and one of the largest Lakes of Udaipur and one of the most beautiful lakes in Rajasthan. Lake Pichola is an artificial freshwater lake which was created in the year 1362 A.D. and named after the nearby Picholi village. The 2¼ miles long and 1¼ mile wide lake was started in the 14th century, however, it was completed in the 16th century by Maharana Udai Singh, founder of Udaipur.
The lake is overlooked by the grandiose City Palace complex and houses 4 islands on it, namely Jag Niwas (the much-renowned Lake Palace), Jag Mandir, Mohan mandir and Arsi Vilas. Only a few lakes in the world can boast of so many beautiful structures all at one place and thus, Lake Pichola is certainly not worth a miss.
Distinct from sweet water lakes of Rajasthan, Sambhar Lake is a saline water lake and is popularly known as Salt Lake of Rajasthan. In fact, this is India's largest inland salt lake also regarded as a 'Gift from Thar desert' and a major source of salt production in India. The lake is 22.5 km long and its width varies from 3 to 11 km.
The lake is fed by several freshwater streams mainly from river Mendha and Rupangarh. This saline lake is situated at a distance of 65 km from Jaipur on Phulera rail-route and is divided by a 5.1 km long dam which helps in salt making.
Ana Sagar Lake is a superbly gorgeous man-made lake which is situated to the north of the city of Ajmer in Rajasthan. It is the biggest Lake in Ajmer, with a depth of maximum of 4.4 meters and circumference of almost eight miles 8 miles (13 km) it can store about 4.75 million cubits of water.
It was constructed during 1135-1150 AD by damming the river Luni by Arno Raj Chauhan who was also known as Anaji, which gives the lake its name. Many years later, Daulat Bagh Gardens near the lake was laid down by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Emperor Shah Jahan contributed to the expansion by building five pavilions, known as the Baradari, between the garden and the lake.
Fateh Sagar Lake is yet another breathtaking lake in Udaipur created around the 1680s. It has three islands including the Udaipur Solar Observatory and Nehru Park. It’s a popular spot for family picnics as well as for couple outings. There are many restaurants and luxury heritage hotels around the lake where you can enjoy a beautiful evening. You can also take a boat ride in the lake and adore the beauty of the azure colored gem.
Spread across an area of 36 square kms, this lake is the second largest artificial lake in India with its embankment adored with majestic cenotaphs and detailed carvings. It was commissioned by Maharaja Jai Singh in the year 1685.
Apart from a boat ride and a peaceful weekend getaway, you can also spend quality time in visiting the nearby places like Jaisamand Sanctuary, Dhebar Lake Marble dam, etc.
Situated against the backdrop of the Nahargarh hills, the Mansagar Lake is beautified with the presence of Jal Mahal in the midst of the water body. Although boating is not allowed in the lake, the spectators can enjoy the scenic, panoramic view of the area. You can feed fish or watch the flocks of migratory birds at the embankment during the sunset.
Gadisagar Lake is an astonishing site of a water body right in the middle of a desert. Named after Maharaja Gadsi Singh, who commissioned to fulfill the water requirements of the city, the beautiful view gets, even more, astonishing with the combined view of historical monuments around it.
Pushkar Lake is a spiritual site that is visited by several Hindu pilgrims and holds a religious importance among the devotees. The major attractive element of the lake is the Brahma Temple along with 500 other temples in the town. It’s not just for taking a holy dip but you can also enjoy the beautiful sunset view. There are many resorts in Pushkar where you can stay and add fun to your vacation.
Mount Abu is one of the most romantic hideouts for couples and nature lovers. The Nakki Lake of Mount Abu derived its name from the story that it was dug out from nails, as in the local dialect the term for nails is Nakki. It’s worshipped by the Grasaria tribe as a commemoration of their ancestors.
Balsamand Lake is the perfect spot for those who wish to spend some time in the lap of nature. Built in the 1159 AD, the lake is adorned with the presence of lush green vegetation featuring mango, guava, and pomegranate trees. You can choose a heritage hotel to enjoy the beauty of the place in a royal setup.