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Historical & Heritage | Lake & Backwater
At a distance of 52 km from Jodhpur, Sardar Samand Lake is an artificial lake situated on Jodhpur - Pali road in Rajasthan. It is one of the major picnic places to visit as part of Jodhpur trip.
This artificial lake as well as the route to the lake is a virtual treat to nature lovers and photographers. The lake attracts several migratory and local birds such as the yellow-legged green pigeon, Himalayan griffon, and Dalmatian pelican, making it a bird watcher's paradise. On the way to the lake, there is a wildlife area, where one can spot animals like Blackbuck, Neelgai, and Chinkara.
The summer palace of Maharaja Umaid Singh, Sardar Samand Palace stands on a hill overlooking the Sardar Samand Lake, among the best places to visit near Jodhpur. The palace is a magnificent Art Deco hunting lodge that was built in 1933. It remains the Royal Family's favorite retreat and houses a vast collection of African trophies and original watercolors by Snaffles. The walls of the palace were elaborately carved with vibrantly colored miniature paintings, vividly executed murals, and customary motifs. It has now been converted into a luxury hotel, Sardar Samand Lake Resort, managed by the Welcome Heritage Group of Hotels. The Bishnoi villages, a picturesque settlement of the Bishnoi tribal community is also on the way to Sardar Samand Lake.