The heritage hub of the country, Rajasthan, has many accolades to its credit in terms of magnificence and royalty. The state’s rich cultural history, with a pinch of elegance and grandeur, speaks a lot about the lifestyle of Rajputana families.
Wondering why am I talking about Rajput’s?
The reason behind this is their valor and commitment towards the actions they do. As the legendary folklore says, Rajasthan is undoubtedly an exception in Indian heritage history. It’s not only the magnificent palaces or forts or the archaeological beauty of the historical monuments which attracts tourists; it’s the warmth with which the people of Rajasthan welcome their guest.
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Jaipur, considered to be the cultural capital and a prominent city of Rajasthan, has, over a period, developed itself to be called a perfect blend of culture and modernity. Known by all as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur never disappoints its visitors. You may find it interesting to know the fact that the city is among one of the best-planned cities in India, the outcome of which is exemplary. To add to the beauty of the town, many famous lakes and streams are flowing in it. Some are natural, and others man-made. The purpose behind them all is certainly one, which is to make Jaipur look more beautiful.
Moving further with the details of these famous lakes, let’s first look at what Jaipur is.
A popular tourist destination in India, Jaipur’s many historical heritage monuments are recorded as UNESCO world heritage sites. Some of them are Jantar Mantar and AMER Fort. As far as our incredible Indian tourism is concerned, Jaipur has been ranked as the 7th finest place to visit by tourists in Asia. Many sites in the city are worth seeing, like Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Birla Mandir, etc. Referred to as a World Heritage site, Amer Fort has tunnels that end up entering Jaigarh Fort. These fortresses were then used for warfare during the Rajputana sovereignty until the mid-19th century. The pyramidal-shaped monument, Hawa Mahal is a five-story structure that is 15 meters high from its base containing 953 windows.
Jaipur is situated on National Highway – 48, connecting Delhi and Mumbai. Jaipur is the headquarter of Jaipur railway division and north western railway zone of Indian Railways. The city’s junction is the most crowded station in Rajasthan. Jaipur International Airport provides air cargo services as well. Also known as the Paris of India because of the dominant color scheme of its building, the city is significant for its fashion industry as well. This exceptional beauty of Rajasthan was grounded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, a Kachhwaha Rajput ruler. The ruler of Amer has the city’s name to his credit, popularly famous among all as ‘Jaipur’, meaning the house of Jai.
Now let’s have a look at the beautiful lakes in Jaipur that can add charm to the evenings of couples wandering for a quiet and peaceful destination.
1. Sambhar Lake
Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan is India’s biggest saltwater lake. Considered to be the most prominent central saltwater lake in India, it covers an area of about 190 to 230 square kilometers. The lake is about 80 kilometers west of the state. During winter, the lake becomes a heaven for migratory birds, thousands of flamingos, storks and other waterfowls. It’s a famous destination for bird watchers and nature lovers. Sambhar Lake is also renowned for its historical sites with ancient Temples and Forts surrounding it. The lake is the primary source of salt and its supply in the area.
2. Maota Lake
Maota Lake is a historical lake in Jaipur situated in the South city of Amer near Amber Fort. The ancient name of the lake is ‘Mahavata’. There are a large number of trees present near the lake. The lake is partially dried and contains an island named Kesar Kyari Bagh in the center. In the mid-15th century, a Maharaja planted ‘Kesar or saffron’ plants here, to give its extreme beauty, a touch of simplicity and fragrance. During the era of Rajputana rule, the lake used to get its reserve of water from rains in the monsoon season, which at the end was used to supply water to Amber fort and the common people residing nearby it. After seven to ten days of Ganesh Chaturthi, the lake authorities used to take possession of the idol for immersion in the Maota Lake.
3. Chandlai Lake
It is established in Rajasthan state, which is 30 kilometres away from Jaipur. It is an artificial lake named after Chandlai Bird Sanctuary due to the large number of migratory birds visiting the lake during winter. Chandlai Lake is famous for its bird sanctuary and is a home to several migratory birds. The lake and its surrounding ecosystem are subject to conservation efforts in order to protect wildlife.
4. Mansagar Lake
Mansagar Lake was constructed in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, a Kachhwaha ruler of Amber. The primary purpose of creating the lake was to supply water to the city of Amber. The lake is a reservoir of rainwater. The water level in the lake depends on the monsoon and dry season. The lake is considered to be a charm for nature lovers. The beautiful ‘Jal Mahal’ or the palace on water, is a renowned attraction on Mansagar Lake. It is in the middle of the lake and is floating on water surface. The lake faced many environmental challenges because of pollution and encroachment in the past. Boating facilities were available then, but now several restrictions has been imposed due to conservation efforts for the cleanliness of the lake.
5. Ramgarh Lake
It is situated 25 km North East of Jaipur. It is a man-made lake and is very popular among tourists. The lake’s construction took between the hills, the old fort ruins and the white temple of Jamwa Mata. You can do many activities like fishing, mountaineering, boating, etc. You can also visit Ramgarh Lodge, which has a library and a museum. It is now converted into a heritage hotel and is one of the best hotels in Jaipur.
6. Sagar Lake
Sagar Lake is 20 kilometers away from Jaipur. It is an artificial lake which humans created. It is rectangularly shaped, and was built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh. It contains rainwater. The primary purpose of constructing the lake was to store water for local animals. The lake was two parts upper Sagar and lower Sagar. Upper Sagar is behind the Kheri Gate and the Anokhi Museum.
These lakes would surely be of one’s interest as they would not be disappointed their visitors. They are exceptionally an amazing and charming picturesque location for the photography lovers.
Commuting to these lakes can be ease-worthy for you if you avail services of vehicle rental agencies. Regarding the question about ‘Whom to choose for rental services’, I personally would suggest going with RenTrip.
Undoubtedly, they have the best services in town with the comfort of different pick and drop locations around the city as well as their services can be customized according to the need of the customers. They have hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rental options for the customers and offer a wide variety of two-wheelers, cars, and bicycles.
As Rajasthan tourism says.’
“Padharo Maare Desh”
I would also suggest you to visit Jaipur and these lakes at least once in a lifetime.