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People who are planning to visit Rajasthan must know about total lakes in Udaipur. Nestled at the very bottom of Rajasthan, Udaipur is best known for its temples and palaces that attract thousands of visitors all year round. Udaipur usually is also a popular wedding destination and a retirement paradise with luxury hotels and beautiful vistas serving as quiet retreats for young couples and old-timers alike. Udaipur, the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar also known as the City of Lakes often called the Venice of the East. Be it the picturesque lakes with the background of the amazing Aravalli ranges or the evening boat-ride in these watercourses, it all brings our mind to peace and our tangled nerves at ease. The experience of sitting a couple of feet from a lake in Udaipur, sipping on chai, and appreciating the cool winter breeze can’t be replaced by anything else. So, Here is a list of beautiful lakes in Udaipur.
Lake Pichola is one of the most scenic and also the largest lakes in Udaipur. This is the first lake that you will see in Udaipur the moment you come to Udaipur. Lake Pichola is so famous in Udaipur, that you cannot leave Udaipur without going on a boat ride on this lake. It’s one of the major attractions of Udaipur, and every tourist wants to go see the scenic sunsets that can be enjoyed while boating on this lake. Lake Pichola has many islands, on which you will find a milky white marble palace, the Taj Lake Palace, which is one of the world’s leading luxury hotels, and Jagmandir Palace, which has a beautiful garden.
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Udai Sagar Lake is on the eastern side of Udaipur city and more close to Udaipur Airport (Maharana Pratap Airport) and from the city, you need to travel around 13 km to reach Udai Sagar Lake. There’s a little bit of history about this lake in Udaipur. Kunwar Man Singh, Akbar’s most trusted generals met Maharana Pratap on the banks of this very lake and told him to surrender to the Mughal emperor. Maharana Pratap refused to surrender and this led to the great battle of Haldighati near Udaipur. Maharana Udai Singh built a dam on the river Ahar, as a result of which this lake was formed. You can come here during the monsoon season and see the mesmerizing beauty of the surrounding regions.
Goverdhan Sagar Lake is a serene lake of Udaipur although less crowded than most lakes in Udaipur. It’s been developed as a prime tourist spot in Udaipur, and here you will find proper walkways and seating arrangements on the banks of this lake. Refreshments are available in restaurants near this lake. Come here in the mornings and you will see the lake at its most beautiful. Auto rickshaws and taxis are available from Udaipur to this lake.
Swaroop Sagar Lake or Kumharia Talab was built by Maharana Swaroop Singh in 1842 and is connected to Fateh Sagar Lake and Lake Pichola through water channels. This lake of Udaipur is a visual treat for whoever visits Udaipur, as is close to the old city of Udaipur, where you explore the famous Udaipur sites like Bagor ki haveli etc. An interesting feature of this lake is that it has a fully functional dam, and when the dam releases water into this lake. It’s one of the most beautiful sights to see in Udaipur.
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Fateh Sagar Lake is one of the best lakes in Udaipur. Though the lake was built in 1678 by Maharaja Jai Singh, the lake is named after Maharaja Fateh Singh, who made a dam and enlarged the lake. The lake is surrounded by mountains and in the lake, you will find any type of birds wading on the water, or flying over the surface. Go boating in this lake, or just walk along with the Fateh Sagar Pal, which is a walkway made for tourists. There is an aquarium nearby with many colorful fishes and many sunset points. In the evening, colorful lights illuminate the entire lake, and it’s one of the best times to come here. You can come here after visiting Moti Magri, and from here, you can see the white-colored fort on top of a hill called Sajjan Garh Fort.
You wonder what’s behind the name of this lake in Udaipur city, and the answer is that during the reign of royal kings, cows used to graze on this ground and provide milk to the royal family. And that’s why it’s called Dudh Talai It’s one of the smaller lakes in Udaipur, and lies adjacent to the much bigger Lake Pichola. But, it’s a wonderful little lake, complete with its very own walkways, on which you can sit long periods away from the busy streets of Udaipur. There are gardens near the lake and a musical fountain and you can go on horse rides or camel rides near the lake. If you are not afraid of heights, ride the cable car on the ropeway that goes to the top of the hill to Karni Mata Temple from Dudh Talai.
This lake of Udaipur city actually was built to save the people of Badi village from a devastating drought back in the 17th century. That’s why the lake is also known as Badi ka Talab. Jiyan Sagar as it is popularly called now is less crowded than other lakes, but the hills surrounding the lake and the tranquil atmosphere will make the lake even more appealing to visitors. Badi ka Talab is 13-14 km away from Udaipur Railway Station, and you can hire a taxi from Udaipur to reach Badi ka Talab.
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Tourists may not have heard of this lake near Udaipur, making Bhatewer Lake or Bhatewar Lake unheard of. Maybe because it’s unknown to most tourists, it’s untouched beauty will charm you more than anything else. The lake is quite beautiful and the mornings are the best time to come here. At this time, most birds are active, and you will have to take binoculars with you to watch them around this lake. Bhatewer Lake has situated 32 km from Udaipur, and you have to travel for around 1 hour to reach this lake. You will not see the mountains around, but the place is immensely scenic and worth coming to your trip to Udaipur.
Rajsamand Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes outside Udaipur. Rajsamand Lake was formed as a result of a dam built by Maharana Raj Singh in 1660. If you are planning to visit Kumbhalgarh Fort from Udaipur, then you can stop here on its on-route, around 50-60 km north of Udaipur. Here, you can soak in the serene atmosphere of the lake, and admire the hilly surroundings of the lake. But the most spectacular attraction of Rajsamand Lake is the nine marble ghats also called ‘nav chawkis’. There are torans or arches where kings used to distribute their wealth after tuladan, which was an annual event in bygone times.
Badi Madar is now as big as the above-suggested lakes around Udaipur, but it is definitely one of the most picturesque ones near Udaipur. And why not!! The entire lake is surrounded by lofty mountains, making the scenery one of the most stunning in the entire Udaipur. It’s one of those lakes where you can actually go near the shores and wade into the waters for some cool fun. If you are an avid birdwatcher, then this lake has many birds that you can spot with your binoculars. Monsoon is the best time to come here, as you can see the overflowing dam and can even have a bath in the flowing waters.
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Jaisamand Lake, located south of Udaipur city, 50-60 km away is also known as Dhebar Lake, is a clean lake with beautiful surroundings. This lake near Udaipur is among the largest lakes near Udaipur, & in fact, it’s so large, that it comes second in the list of the largest artificial lakes of Asia. Maharana Jai Singh built a dam on the Gomti river, and as a result, this dam was formed in the year 1685 and a boat ride on this lake will give amazing sights to see. Nearby there is Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can see bears, deer, and other animals, besides a number of birds, and do check out the luxury resorts nearby where you can stay.
Both Badi Madar and Choti Madar supply water to Fateh Sagar Lake, and Choti Madaris also one of the most scenic lakes near Udaipur. Coming here is like going to an untouched rural paradise and green surroundings. You will enjoy coming to this lake, which is 20 km from Udaipur. You will pass through rural farms and village houses, and see green fields on the way to this lake. Come here at the time of the rainy season, and you can see the superb natural beauty of this region. The overflowing dam releases water that eventually goes on to fill the Fateh Sagar Lake.
This one of the popular lakes in Udaipur comes on your way to Eklingji Temple, one of the most famous and ancient temples near Udaipur. The lake is a splendid sight and there are mountains around the lake and green fields of the village. Bagela Lake is 20 km from Udaipur, and a cab will take half an hour to reach there. You can sit here for some time before leaving for a visit to Eklingji Temple.
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To the north of Udaipur, 15 km away, Purohito ka Talab is developed to be a replica of Jaisamand Lake. In fact, it’s called ‘Mini Jaisamand’, and you can see ghats just as in Jaisamand Lake. Here you can sit for some quiet moments on these ghats and see the beauty of this lake. As this lake is situated away from the city of Udaipur, you will see the mountains of the Aravalli range all around the most famous lakes in Udaipur. Take food and water with you on your way, as both the trips to and from this lake may take more than 2 hours.
63 km from Udaipur city center, Chikalwas Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes around Udaipur. You will have to drive long for about 2 hours to come here to this lake. But after you come, you will be greeted with fantastic natural beauty all around the lake. If you want to come on a picnic, then take your friends along, and explore the region around this most visited lake in Udaipur for an exciting time.
16. Lakhawali Lake
Compared to other famous lakes near Udaipur, Lakhawali Lake is close by, and it’s just 17 km from Udaipur. The lake is surrounded by superb natural beauty and mountains. Come here by cabs from Udaipur, and drive for around half an hour time, and you will reach this little known lake. It’s not so famous in Udaipur, but you can come here to spend some time in nature.
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17. Mansi Wakal Lake
Mansi Wakal Lake is a beautiful lake surrounded by pristine natural beauty which is located 40 km from Udaipur city. Though it takes about an hour’s drive from Udaipur, you will love this lake due to its clear blue waters. This one of the best lakes to visit in Udaipur is among the lakes that supply drinking water to the city of Udaipur through underground pipes. The lake is situated in a rural village and everywhere there is raw natural greenery of trees and open fields.
Also called Nela Talab, Nela Pond is very close to Udaipur city – just 9 km away, and after about a 20 minute’s drive in-cab, you will arrive here at this lake. This one of the least visited lakes in Udaipur is a good place to watch migratory birds flying over the waters of the lake. If you are an avid birdwatcher, then you will love coming to this lake. There are walkways that are built for joggers, and far away you will see the Aravalli mountains.
One of the beautiful lakes near Udaipur, Bagdara Lake is situated in the most picturesque surroundings. It’s situated at a distance of 18 km from Udaipur and a drive of 40 minutes should take you to this lake. Besides the lake, there is one of the best nature parks in Rajasthan, the Bagdara Nature Park. It’s a good place to see crocodiles, snakes, and other reptiles. You can even spot birds around this most popular lake in Udaipur. Bagdara Lake is one of those lakes near Udaipur which you can visit along with your Udaipur trip.
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This small lake is one of the most tranquil natural and underrated lakes in Udaipur. Jhameshwar Mahadev Pond is named after a Shiva temple by the same name. The pond is located at a distance of 25 km from Udaipur and it’s a road journey of around an hour. This lake is a good picnic spot and you can bring your eatables here and have a good time in natural surroundings. There is a small waterfall here where people come to bathe in the rushing waters of the waterfalls. You will see quite a few birds too in the nearby woods.
Menar Lake is quite far from Udaipur 40 kms and a drive of around one hour but if you want to see migratory birds, then you must not miss this lake. Every winter, migratory birds from Siberia come here to this lake, and you can see Pelicans, Flamingos, Geese and other water birds fly in flocks over the surface of this must-visit lake near Udaipur. Nature photographers, bird watchers, nature lovers, and common tourists all will enjoy coming to this lake.
Hope you enjoyed all the lakes in Udaipur. I hope you liked this article, and you can head on to other blogs for knowing more about this interesting city. Feel free to ask any queries regarding travel in the comment sections below.
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