Beauty of Rajasthan: Hidden Lakes
Rajasthan the royal state, the princely state in the west of India. Rajasthan … the state of deserts. Thar desert.
Rajasthan new channel informs us almost everyday about the sickening summer temperature of the state. Summers is what the state is known for, loo laden with sand stick to your during summers, the bright sun light can easily burn your skin. True. But behold. The state is known for its several lakes as well. There are some natural lakes, while others have been man-made with special focus on lack of water throughout the state.
The only source of news in Rajasthan live here brings you a list of the most famous lakes in Rajasthan:
Ana Sagar Lake
Located in Ajmer, it seems as if its water in a bowl, with short mountains surrounding it from all the sides. Ajmer is well-known for the rich history and various hidden beauties amid the desert, and no doubt, Dargah Sharif is the most attractive tourist spot for visitors. However, Ana Sagar Lake is one that cannot be missed. Rajasthan news channel keeps showing documentaries about the lake and inform us that it was built in 1135-1150 A.D. by Raja Anaji, grandfather of Prithvi Raj Chauhan, after whom the lake has been named. Other than providing a constant supply of water, it was also the lake where all the rain water was dumped to be used during the season when it hardly rained. To add to the attractions of the lake, it is surrounded by Daulat Bagh, which was later built by Shah Jahan.
The lake, though a beauty during winters and rainy season, dries up during the summers. The authorities can still work for the betterment of the lake.
Dhebar Lake is also known as Jaisamand Lake; however, Rajasthan live news channel says what make it famous is that it is the second largest man-made lake in Asia. Located in Udaipur, this lake built in 17th century, covers an area of 87 km2. It was Maharana Jai Singh who got this lake built in the year 1685; the year that it was built it was the largest lake all over the world. What made Maharana Jai Singh build this lake was the requirement of cultivation water for the Mewar region. History has it that on the day of inauguration of the lake, the Maharana walked through the dam, distributing gold to the needy. Later on, the queens got their summer palaces surrounding the lake. Live TV channel Rajasthan also says that there are three islands on the lake, which are still inhabited by the Bhils, native tribes of Rajasthan.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Located in Udaipur, Fateh Sagar Lake is known as the pride of City of Lakes as Udaipur is better known to be. This once again is an artificial lake initially built by Maharana Jai Singh of Udaipur in the 1680s.
The first that this lake was built by Maharana Jai Singh was in the year 1687, however, later floods washed out a few parts of the lake, which had to be rebuild by Maharana Fateh Singh in the year 1888.
Amazing is the way the lake had been planned with three water intake channels and one channel to handle the overflow. The beauty of the lake is enhanced by the three islands which are easily accessible by a waterboat ride. During the peak season live TV Rajasthan covers the beauty of the lake to show it on the television to those who cannot visit the place. One of the islands is now named Nehru park which is now well-developed parks, eateries, and a zoo. The second island is a public park with fountains, while the third island is dedicated to Udaipur Solar Observatory. Udaipur proudly claims it to be the best observatory site in the whole of Asia.
The lake is built in the shape of fruit pears, which is surrounded by hills on three sides. The one side, the eastern front, that doesn’t have hills, has a stone dam overlooking the lake.
Lake Foy Sagar
Rajasthna TV channel online offers us the information that Foy Sagar is the second lake of Ajmer, which was built in the year 1892, by an Englishman, Mr. Foy, who got it built taking into consideration the famine the desert state used to go through. In addition to Ana Sagar Lake, Foy Sagar lake becomes the source of relief for the small city of Ajmer. The lake is more or less flat and has Aravallis surrounding it. However, for tourism purpose, the best time to visit the lake is only during the winters and rainy season.
Located in Jodhpur, Kaylana Lake measures to be around 8km, easily accessible while on the Jaiselmer road. According to Rajasthan news channel it was constructed in the year 1872, by the prime minister of Jodhour, Pratap Singh, covering more than 84 km2. The region was once rich with flora and fauna and most known for wild boars, and a royal hunting place.
History informs that the location of this lake was earlier the location of palaces and gardens, though had to be destroyed for the construction of this lake. The lake is today known for offering beautiful sunrise and sunset views, with the sky exemplifying the canvas of a painter, with beautiful colors splashed all over.
Rajasthan news channel informs that Mount Abu capitalizes on Nakki Lake, which is surrounded by Aravalli hills on all the sides and several hotels that offer beautiful and silent view of the lake. About the history of the lake, what is better believed is mythology. The Devtas had dug this lake with their nails and thus the name Nakki. Tribe of the region, Garacia, still considers it to be a holy lake and worship it every Shukla Paksha in April in fond remembrance of their ancestors. The height at which it is located, at 1200 mts, it becomes the highest artificial lake in India.
More than anything, the lake is loved for the romantic time couples can spend while boating or walking on the sides of the lake. Live TV in Rajasthan offers that legend says that an elderly sage, Rasia Balam and Kunwari Kanya had fallen in love with each other, however were preventing from getting married to each other by their parents and some Godly presence. The demand that the conniving parents and Gods had proposed was that if the sage was able to dig up a lake overnight by his nails, they’ll be allowed to get married. However, he was betrayed the moment he was about to complete the digging. Later on, it came forward that the sage was none other than Lord Shiva, while his lady love was Goddess Parvati.
Sambhar Salt Lake
Rajasthan live news channel says that this lake located in Sambhar municipality of Jaipur, thanks to the Salt Lake, the city is also known as Salt Lake City. And it’s not just the lake, but also the Sambhar Lake National Park, Sambhar Lake Tiger Reserve that attracts tourists to this town. Before the lake was leased out to the Britishers, it was owned by Jaipur and Jodhpur kings.
What makes this lake stand out is the salt production along with being one of the best places for bird lovers as several birds come migrating to the lake in season.
We went through many live TV channels in Rajasthan and found that Indian mythological epic, Mahabharta, says that the region was ruled by king of demons Brishparva. Legend says that Shakambru Devi, the deity goddess worshipped by Chauhans, blessed the place of Sambhar to convert to town of precious metals, however, the residents were worried that their richness can attract several feuds, so requested the goddess to take back her boon, who wasn’t able to take it back but changed the town of metals to town of salt. There’s a special temple dedicated to Shakambari Devi, close to the lake.
According to Rajasthan live news channel, Sambhar Wildlife Santuary covers an area of 24.000 hectares with a wide range of flora and fauna. The place is known for the wide range of variety of breeds of birds. The most commonly found birds are coots, redshanks, black winged stilts. The place is also known for preserving tigers in a natural habitat.