Jaipur is steeped in history with its magnificent palaces, forts, temples, and more standing tall as reminders of the regal era. Not just these, the Pink City also has a couple of lakes that add to its historical charm. The beautiful lakes in Jaipur are possibly the most serene spots in the city. These Jaipur lakes ought to be visited by everyone visiting the royal destination.
Be it the Man Sagar Lake or Maota Lake, both are just splendid. Here’s a quick glance at these popular lakes in Jaipur that you simply cannot skip during your visit to the capital of the royal state of Rajasthan.
Lakes in Jaipur
1. Man Sagar Lake
Man Sagar Lake is one of the most prominent attractions in Jaipur. This is actually an artificial lake, formed by damming the Dravyavati River. The lake was built in the 17th century and was named after the renowned Kachwaha Rajput King, Raja Man Singh.
The lake looks mesmerising flanked by the Aravalli Hills on its three sides and the magnificent Jal Mahal (Lake Palace) right in the middle of its deep blue waters. The beauty of this place is worth framing and thus, it is quite popular among photographers. It is equally popular among birdwatchers as they can catch a glimpse of several resident and migratory birds here, such as the Common Moorhen and Flamingo.
While you are here, don’t miss to savour the local delicacies at any of the innumerable street food stalls along its banks. You can even enjoy a camel ride or get photographed in traditional attire or shop for a few trinkets. Whatever your reason behind the visit, you will surely spend a memorable time here as it is possibly the most happening and photogenic spot, right in the heart of all the hustle and bustle.
- Location: Jal Mahal, Jaipur
- Activities: Photography, camel ride, shopping, birdwatching
2. Maota Lake
Another stunning lake in Jaipur is the Maota Lake, earlier referred to as Mahavata because of the nearby large wat trees. The lake is located at the base of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Amer or Amber Fort. The rain water that flowed from the nearby hills collected in this lake and was the main source of water for both the royals and the commoners of Amber.
The reflection of the majestic fort on the gleaming waters of this lake forms a great photo-op. Another absolute visual delight is the amazing Kesar Kyari Bagh, which sits majestically in the middle of the lake. A unique display of architecture, this beautiful garden is said to have been built around the 16th century. Another garden called Dil-Aaram Bagh is situated towards the northern end of this captivating lake.
Furthermore, there are a few food stalls and handicrafts shops near the lake. Undoubtedly, you will be left spellbound by the magnificence of the Maota Lake.
- Location: Amer Fort, Jaipur
- Activities: Photography, elephant ride, shopping
Besides these lakes in the city, there is the renowned Sambhar Salt Lake around 60 km away from Jaipur. It is India’s biggest inland saltwater lake and a must-visit. Just a few hours’ drive from Jaipur lies Ramgarh Lake, Chandlai Lake, Hanuman Sagar Lake and Kanota Lake. As you venture out of the Pink City to visit these nearby lakes, you can also plan a visit to the popular weekend getaways from Jaipur.