While exploring the beauty of Udaipur and viewing the scenic charm of lakes one should not miss the Jaisamand Lake (Dhebar Lake). This lake is renowned for being the second largest artificial lake in Asia. This lake is situated at a distance of 48 Kms from the city. Lake Jaisamand has great history with fascinating beauty, read more to explore the beauty.
Jaisamand Lake Udaipur (Dhebar Lake)
Jaisamand lake is also known as Dhebar lake was built in 17 century by Maharana Jai Singh. This lake was built while making a damn on the river Gomti, this lake remained the largest artificial lake in the world till the building of the Aswan dam in Egypt. Originally it was constructed in 1960-1970, during the ruling period of Maharana Jai Singh. In that period there was a great need of water for cultivation in Mewar’s Southeastern Corner.
For fulfilling this need Maharana built a dam in Gomati river, which was also a huge embankment. And later on, Jai Singh named the lake Jaisamand after himself. This lake is often nicknamed as an ocean of victory; as ‘mand’ means ocean. On the day of its inauguration, Maharana Jai Singh walked around the dam and charitably distributed gold equal to his own weight.
The lake is 14 km in breadth, 102 feet (31 m) deep at its deepest end, and has a circumference of 48 km. There are three islands; the two bigger island are known as Baba ka Magra and the smaller island is called Piari. The lake has bund which is 1,202 feet long, 116 feet high and 70 feet broad at the base. On the dam, there are six exotic cenotaphs and at the northern end of the lake, it has a palace with a courtyard, while in the southern end it has a pavilion of 12 pillars. The lake covers the area of 36 square miles.
The Beauty That Can Be Traversed
First thing which amazes the eyes of the viewer is the massive size of this lake. Also, the lake has a very big damn which has a Shiva Temple, which is worshiped by locals and was constructed by kings of Mewar. There is a summer palace also which a perfect backdrop to this lake is. The lake has six interesting cenotaphs carved from marble on its embankment this
On the southern shore of the lake, there is a pavilion of 12 pillars, and also a stunning palace with courtyard from where you can see the mesmerizing view of the Jaisamand Lake. The lake has descending well-sculptured marble steps heading towards the water. You can also enjoy a boat ride in the calm water and can also relax and lighten up in the soothing environment.
Places To Roam Around
Another attractive feature of Jaisamand Lake is which makes it a perfect holiday spot is a sanctuary. The sanctuary is very close to the lake, this sanctuary is a habitat to various types of birds, panthers, leopards, deer, wild boars and crocodiles. In old times these woods were used to form the hunting ground of erstwhile rulers of Mewar. The sanctuary covers an area of 62 square Km. This place gives residence to a variety of birds and animals and has been converted into a game sanctuary.
Rather than the flora and fauna, there are many luxurious and exotic resorts in which you can stay and could enjoy your holiday. You can enjoy almost all the types of cuisines and there are a number of hotels and caterings for those who appreciate a break from noise and hustle of the city. This place is perfect for all types of holidays whether its summers, winters or monsoons, the lake never lose its charm.
You can stay near this lake and can enjoy the soothing and calm holidays with your friends and family and can also meet the nature from a soul. The calmness of water will give peace to eyes and mind. This lake is only 48 km away from Udaipur city so if you plan a vacation in Udaipur you must include a one day plan to this lake; Also if you want to stay away from hustle life of city you can directly head towards this place and can check in any hotel nearby this place.
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