Jodhpur, known as the Blue City is the 2nd largest city in Rajasthan. Most of the architecture in Jodhpur like forts, palaces, temples, Havelis, and even houses are built in vivid shades of blue. Among the places to visit in Jodhpur, there are many forts, palaces, Havelis, and temples. But the most peaceful and relaxing place would be on a lakeside. The quiet waters of the lakes give a peaceful vibe in the ever-racing surroundings. Jodhpur is a hub for history and architecture lovers. You can plan a day trip to Jodhpur while staying at Manvar, our desert camp in Jodhpur.
Lakes in Jodhpur offer their placidity to soothe and refresh your mind. There are five famous lakes around Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Let’s get to know about them.
Sardar Samand Lake: Maharaja Umaid Singh built Sardar Samand Lake Palace in 1933, on the banks of Sardar Samand Lake as a hunting lodge. The Palace has a collection of original water watercolor paintings and African trophies. With a lush garden; an elegant boathouse; a swimming pool; tennis and squash courts and a grand Sardar Samand Lake that attracts several migratory and local birds such as the yellow-legged green pigeon, Himalayan griffon, and Dalmatian pelican. If you love historical architecture and are fascinated by the palatial hotel, then a stopover at the Sardar Samand Lake Palace can prove to be a refreshing break from the busy city life. Located 60 kilometers southeast of Jodhpur, Sardar Samand Lake offers peace to visitors. From Manvar, our desert camp in Jodhpur to your way to the lake, you might spot blackbucks, nilgai, and chinkara.
Balsamand Lake was built in 1159 AD by Balak Rao Parihar as a water reservoir to cater to Mandore. Later, a red sandstone summer palace known as Balsamand Palace was built by Maharaja Sur Singh in 1936 on the shores of the lake. It’s an 8-pillared castle that has 3 gates for the entrance purpose. The lake is 1km long, 50 m broad and 15 m deep, and located amidst a garden with a lot of mangoes, papaya, pomegranate, guava, and plum trees. Guess who are prominent guests in the garden: Jackals and Peacocks. The entire region looks more attractive because of the cascading waterfall built to water the garden. Watch out for monkeys when walking the nature trails.
It is a prominent picnic spot, located about 8 km away from the main city of Jodhpur and a 1.5-hour drive from Manvar, a desert camp in Jodhpur. Making the entire region all the more attractive is the cascading waterfall built to water the garden.
Kalyana Lake is an ideal site for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers and is among the most-visited lakes in the state. It was built in 1872 by the then Prime Minister of Jodhpur, Kalyan Singh. Spread over an area of 8 km, Kalyana Lake is the best spot to witness the spectacular sunset in Jodhpur, a perfect getaway to enjoy a lazy day and indulge in boating with family, and friends and have a good time. Considered as a heaven for birdwatchers, Kailana Lake in Jodhpur of Rajasthan. In the past, the region was home to wild bears and served as a hunting ground for kings and other royal members.
Takhat Sagar Lake Takhat Sagar Lake is situated near the Takhat Sagar Hills, which is about 10 kilometers away from the main city of Jodhpur. The secluded Siddhnath Shiv temple is situated between the Takhat Sagar Hills. The isolated temple attracts a large number of devotees each year despite the poor road that connects the temple with the city. Takhat Sagar Lake can be considered a part of the vast Kailana Lake. Takhat Sagar Lake is named after an erstwhile king of Jodhpur. Maharaja Takhat Singh was the king of Jodhpur in the 19th century. Kailana Lake was constructed during his time.
Jaswant Sagar Dam: Among other places to visit in Jodhpur, Jaswant Sagar Dam, in Pichiyak Village is a beautiful recreational spot – providing boating facilities and offering scenic views of the surroundings. It was built in 1892 by Maharaja Jaswant Singh. The reason for constructing this dam was to fulfill the irrigation requirements of Jodhpur. Sunset is the best time to visit the dam when the crimson-hued sun shimmers on the water gently, where you can uplift your photography game by capturing some amazing clicks. Apart from all these, students from various schools in the city come here as a part of their educational trip.
Jodhpur is a city you cannot miss if you are visiting Rajasthan. There are innumerable places to visit in Jodhpur that are both of historical importance and great beauty. Staying at Manvar, our desert camp in Jodhpur makes it easier to explore the Blue City.