Lakes in Jaipur
Man Sagar Lake
Man Sagar Lake, located in Jaipur, was made by Raja Man Singh I in around 1610 A.D. It was built by damming Darbhawati River for the purpose of irrigation as well as recreation. The famous Jal Mahal was subsequently constructed in the middle of this picturesque lake. This magnificent palace enhanced the lake’s beauty manifolds. Though the lake as well as the palace are no longer the same as they used to be however they continue to attract numerous tourists all round the year.
The lake is surrounded by beautiful hills on northern, eastern and western sides and is considered to be a viewer’s delight. You can sit by this lake side for hours admiring its beauty.
Ramgarh LakeLocated around 25 km north east of Jaipur, this artificial lake is quite popular amongst the tourists as well as the residents of Jaipur. It is one of the favorite weekend spots not only for the residents of Jaipur but also for people residing in various parts of Rajasthan. The lake was created by building a large bund between the hills. The old fort’s ruins and the white temple of Jamwa Mata located near this picturesque lake add to its appeal and attract several people to this place.
There are various activities that you may indulge in here thus making it an ideal place for picnic. You may enjoy boating (if you visit between October - June), fishing, mountain trekking, jeep driving in the jungle located nearby and pay a visit to a carpet village. Another historical structure located near the Ramgarh Lake is the Ramgarh Lodge that includes a library and a museum. It has now been converted into a heritage hotel. It is known to be one of the best hotels across India.
October to March is the best season to visit this lake.
Sambhar LakeSambhar Lake, located at a distance of around 65 km from Jaipur, is another tourist attraction. It is basically a part of Sambhar which is better known as the Salt Lake City. The city also includes the famous Sambhar Lake National Park and Sambhar Lake Tiger Reserve. Sambhar Lake is said to be the largest saline lake in India. The Sambhar Lake which is a main hub for salt production was earlier owned by different rulers of Jaipur and Jodhpur however it was later leased to the British and was subsequently taken over by the Rajasthan Government.
Those who love serenity and are fond of bird watching are sure to have a great time here. A number of species of both resident as well as migratory birds can be seen here. Located near this beautiful lake is a temple dedicated to Goddess Shakambari Devi which also attracts several tourists.
October to March is the best season to visit this lake. It is suggested to avoid visiting the place from June to September.
Besides these, you may also visit the Chhaparwara, Kukas and Maota Lake located in Jaipur.