Jaisamand Lake, Udaipur is hailed as the second largest artificial lake in Asia. We were very excited to go to this location as it would also entail a long drive in the suburbs of the city since the lake was 48 kilometers away from the city. The picturesque suburban area of Udaipur can be a treat to the eyes too. Interestingly, Jaisamand Lake is also called Dhebar. This lake was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh while he made the dam on the River Gomti in the year 1685. There are seven islands around the lake, one of which is still lived by the Bhil-tribe of the area.
The drive was just as I expected it would be very enjoyable while we cherished each other’s company and listened to the music blaring out of the rental car’s audio systems. Some of the simple pleasures of life are so rare lately that I sat back and enjoyed the scenery and the music along with my friends. Soon we reached the peaceful surroundings of the lake and we availed the boat ride almost instantly. The calm waters of the lake and the scenic beauty around were all very captivating. The one who rented the boat tried to enlighten us about the history of the place and pointed out the Palace in the southern embankment of the lake. The palace boasted of a pavilion and is a great vantage point to view the beauty of the lake. Another important place to cover was the Sanctuary near the lake which was constructed in 1957 to give shelter to animals like panthers, wild boars, deer, crocodiles and a large number of residential and migratory birds that the bird-watchers love to spot.
The rulers of Mewar had the Jaisamand Lake, Udaipur as one of their favorite spots and the proof of this fact was the Summer Palace of the Queens of Mewar, which stood majestically near the lake. We enjoyed tremendously in the beautiful surroundings but reluctantly had to take leave because Dudh Talai Udaipur was next on our agenda and any more delay would have jeopardized our following plans for the day.