Why Udaipur is known as the “City Of Lakes”


‘The most romantic spot on the continent of India’, surrounded by the amazingly beautiful Aravalli range and decorated by five sophisticated lakes, Udaipur symbolizes the royalty, heroism and romance of Rajasthan. This former capital of Mewar kingdom was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia clan of Rajput. Located 655 km away from the nation capital Delhi, Udaipur is one of the prime tourist attraction of Rajasthan. Apart from its imperial forts and grand palaces it has several stunning lakes that is why it has been aptly named as the “Venice of the East” and “the City Of Lakes”

Must visit this place by travelling through Palace on Wheels luxury train which is the famous luxury train.

Let’s explore these gorgeous lakes of Udaipur

Lake Pichola:

Driving its name from the nearby Picholi Village, Lake Pichola is an artificial fresh water lake. The lake was created in 1362 AD by a gypsy tribesman, later Maharana Udai Singh II extended the lake in 16th century. Natural green hills, several islands like Jag Island, Arsi Vilas Island and palaces like Lake Palace, Jag Niwas, the Mohan Mandir has enhanced the beauty of this lake. Apart from this stunning location this lake also famous for its sunset views. A boat ride in the dim light of sun provides a great view of the lakes and its surroundings.

Fateh Sagar Lake:

Named after Maharana Fateh Singh, this lake was constructed in 1687. Located towards the north of Lake Pichola,this lake has three major islands and among them Nehru park is biggest and the famous one. It has a lovely green garden and boat shaped café shop. The other two islands are famous for Udaipur Solar Observatory and an impressive water jet fountain. The green surrounding and blue water of the lakes gives a soothing image of the nature which is why this city is also known as ‘the second Kashmir’.

Jaisamand Lake:

The second largest artificial lake of Asia, Jaisamand Lake was built by Maharana Jai Singh in 1685. 14 km long this lake has six carved cenotaphs. Among its seven island Babaka Bhagra is the biggest one after Piari Island. These islands are the home of different tribes of Bhil Minas. This lake is situated near the Jaisamand sanctuary which is famous for various type of migratory birds, panthers, leopard, deer and crocodile. Beautiful ghats, boat rides in the calm water and the amazing backdrop has made this lake very famous among the travelers.

Rajsamand Lake:

Popularly known as the Rajsamudra Lake, this lake is located near the town Rajsamand. This lake has many historical importance. Maharana Raj Singh who built this lake used to organize Tuladan event near the southern end of this lake. Five weighing arches on the white marble terrace of a huge embankment are still present where the kings used to weigh themselves in gold and later they used to distribute that among the Brahmans. During the World War II this lake was also used as the seaplane base of Imperial Airways.

Udaisagar Lake:

The most beautiful lake of Udaipur is famous for its amazing views. For the adequate supply of water in his kingdom Maharana Udai Singh constructed this lake. The battle of Haldighati between Maharana Raj Singh and Emperor Aurangzeb took place near the embankment of this Udaisagar Lake.

Apart from this five famous lakes this city has other small lakes too. Dudh Talai near the Shiv Niwas Palace, Jiyan Sagar near the Badi Village and the Swaroop Sagar near Jagdish Temple are the renowned one.

Pack your bags and check out the Palace on Wheels train schedule and  do visit this City of Lakes with your loved one and enjoy the natural romantic atmosphere of Udaipur in this unique lakes.

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