Lake / Backwaters
#18 of 18 Places to Visit in Jodhpur
Distance (From Jodhpur Jn): 10 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 10 km from Jodhpur Junction and 11 km from Jodhpur Fort, Kaylana Lake is an artificial lake situated to the west of Jodhpur city on Jodhpur - Jaisalmer Road in Rajasthan, India.
Kalyana Lake was built by Pratap Singh in 1872 CE, the then Prime Minister of Jodhpur. The lake spreads over an area of 84 Sq. km. In ancient times this region had palaces and gardens made by two rulers of Jodhpur - Bhim Singh and Takhat Singh. These were destroyed to make Kaylana Lake. It receives its water from Hati Nehar (elephant canal), which is further connected to the Indra Gandhi canal. The city of Jodhpur and all the surrounding towns and villages depend on Kaylana Lake as a source of drinking water.
The lake is situated between igneous rock land formations. Also known by the name of Pratap Sagar, the area around this lake was once full of wild bears. It served as a secured hunting place for the royal members. An ideal picnic spot for tourists, this lake offers a breathtaking view of the sunset. There are also boating facilities available for the tourists here. The natural vegetation here mostly consists of Babool trees and various migratory birds such as Siberian cranes are seen here in the winter season. Apart from boating, tourists can also enjoy picnics at the lake.