Lake / Backwaters
#18 of 23 Places to Visit in Udaipur
Distance (From Udaipur City Railway Station): 57 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 3 Hours
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 57 km from Udaipur, Jaisamand Lake, also known as Dhebar Lake, is a manmade lake situated in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan. It is India's second-largest artificial lake after Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar, and among the major places to visit as part of Udaipur tour packages.
Maharana Jai Singh built Jaisamand Lake in 1685 AD while building a dam over the Gomati River. The statistics of the lake are 14 km in length, 9 km in width, and 102 feet in depth. The lake has a circumference of 30 miles. The dam on this lake is worth mentioning due to its massive size of 1202 feet length, 116 feet height, and 70 feet width and houses a Shiva temple at its center. Jaisamand Lake was the largest artificial lake in Asia, till the time when the Aswan Dam of Egypt was not constructed, and among the popular places to visit near Udaipur.
Jaisamand Lake comprises seven islands and one of the islands is still inhabited by the tribe of Bhil Minas. Out of all, the biggest island is known as 'Babaka Bhagra' and the second one is known as 'Piari'. The Jaisamand Island Resort is situated on one of the islands. The lake has graceful marble steps descending to the water, where one can enjoy a boat ride in the calm waters of Jaisamand Lake too.
The northern end of the lake has a palace with a courtyard while its southern end has a pavilion of 12 pillars. Rana Jai Singh's palaces, Hawa Mahal and Ruthi Rani Ka Mahal are set in the foothills overlooking Jaisamand Lake. The summer palaces of the Queens of Udaipur surround Jaisamand Lake on all sides. On the embankment, there are six beautiful chhatris built at intervals and a temple of Narmadeshwar Mahadev. In front of these chhatris, stands a beautifully carved elephant on a pedestal, with its trunk upwards.
Surrounding Jaisamand Lake is the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary. Established in the year 1957, the sanctuary covers an area of 62 sq. km. It was earlier used as a hunting reserve by the royalty. The sanctuary is the home to several migratory and rare birds as well as wildlife like panthers, deer, leopard, hyena, jungle cat, fox, wild boar, etc. This sanctuary hails a large variety of resident and migratory birds and animals. Now, it has been converted into a game sanctuary.
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
Boat Ride Cost: Rs 30 for Indians and Rs. 80 for Foreigners
Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary Fee: Rs. 10 for Indians, Rs. 80 for Foreigners