One can never mention Udaipur without adding the famous catchphrase ‘The City of Lakes’ with it. Every time you ask somebody what is Udaipur famous for or what do you like the most in Udaipur, the majority of blogs and people will definitely end up mentioning the exquisite lakes. But why is it called the city of lake and what is so famous about the lakes that make it so different from the other tourist places in Rajasthan?

Keep reading to find out.

History of the Lakes of Udaipur

Wide view photo of the city of lakes

Fantastic view of the water bodies in Udaipur

Udaipur was the part of Mewar before the 13th century. The residents used to suffer the water shortage and poor sewage system in this city. So to solve this problem, the rulers constructed 7 artificial lakes namely Lake Pichola, Rang Sagar, Swaroop Sagar, Fateh Sagar, Badi, Madar, and Udai Sagar. These lakes have been constructed in such a way that they form a chain in the saucer-shaped Udaipur valley and the water keeps moving forward and doesn’t drown the city.

Second Largest Artificial Lake?

Wide view of the blue Jaisamand Lake

Jaisamand Lake By Ankto420 – अपना काम, CC BY-SA 4.0

Udaipur is home to India’s second-largest artificial lake named Jaisamand Lake. It is also known as Debar lake. The purpose of the lake was to build a marble dam across the river Gomti. The lake is spread over an area of 36 square miles and is 14km in length, 9km wide and 102 feet deep. This lake is home to three islands. One of them is owned by the Bhil tribe, the other two are Baba ka Magra and Piari.

Boating is the best way to explore this lake and the cost of boating is rs.30 for Indians and rs.80 for foreigners and rs.200 if you want to take the camera with you.

All Of The Lakes Are Interconnected

Sunset behind two boatsmen on a lake in Udaipur

Sunset on a lake in Udaipur

Udaipur hosts 7 lakes and all of them are interconnected to each other within the boundaries of the city. This ensures that there is no overflow and yet enough water for all needs. Fateh Sagar (an artificial lake) is fed by Lake Badi, Choti Madaar and Bada Madaar lake. The overflow of both the Madaar lakes meets the Ahar river (natural river) and the overflow of Lake Badi meets Fateh Sagar. The overflow from Lake Pichola (artificial lake) meets with Fateh Sagar and the overflow from Fateh Sagar merges with the Ahar river.

Interesting isn’t it?

Every lake in Udaipur has its own uniqueness

Fateh Sagar Lake reflecting lights on the water at night

Fateh Sagar Lake at night (image from Flickr)

Lake Pichola – Lake Pichola is one of the oldest and the biggest lake in Udaipur. It homes various small islands in itself. The enchanting views of Lake Pichola are something that cannot disappoint you. It is among the five lakes considered as the most beautiful and picturesque lakes in the city.

Fateh Sagar Lake – Also known as ‘Pride of Udaipur’, Fateh Sagar Lake is an artificial lake that is overlooked by the mountains from three sides. It is also home to Asia’s best solar site namely Udaipur Solar Observatory that is sure to draw you in if you are interested in astronomy.

Udai Sagar Lake – Udai Sagar lake offers a commanding look of evening silhouettes. It is one of the most celebrated lakes in Udaipur. It is an outcome of the dam that was constructed on the Berach River to ensure adequate water supply to Maharana Udai Singh’s kingdom.

Rajsamand Lake – Rajsamand or Rajsamudra Lake is an artificial lake that was created in the 17th century. It is famous for its awe-inspiring and peaceful appearance.

Swaroop Sagar – It is one of the artificial lakes constructed to fulfil the water needs of residents. It is also known as ‘Kumharia Talab’.

Goverdhan Sagar – This lake is known for the properties that surround it and is the smallest artificial lake in Udaipur. It is less crowded and more peaceful than the other lakes where you can sit and relax for hours.

Badi Lake – This lake is situated 12km away from the city and thus provides a peaceful aura. The location is filled with wide cactus trees that give you the feeling of Arizona.

Jaisamand Lake – Jaisamand or Debar lake and is the second-largest artificial lake in Asia. There are six, intricately carved marble cenotaphs on its embankment.

Here A Lake, There A Lake

View of the Taj Lake Palace hotel with the Aravalli Hills behind it

Taj Lake Palace hotel in Udaipur

Wherever you go, you are never far from the lakes. Udaipur offers the view of the water from its every part. Whether it is the cafes peppered throughout the city, the gorgeous Monsoon Palace or some lonely road you drive on – you can always find the presence of a beautiful lake nearby. This also keeps the city cool and lends an aura of romance to the entire city.

We hope we were able to explain to you why this ancient city is known as the City of Lakes. 8 lakes in one city, not bad at all huh? If you are planning to explore Udaipur and get to see all of these lakes in person, now is the best time to do so.

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