Rajsamand Lake is one of the five popular lakes of Udaipur. Located 66kms in the north of Udaipur, Rajsamand Lake lies between Rajnagar and Kankroli. The lake is also known by the name of Rajsamudra Lake in Rajasthan. Rajsamand Lake was built by Maharana Raj Singh in 1660. Noticing the statistics, the lake stretches to the length of 4 miles and 1.75 miles in width. The lake has the approximate depth of 60 feet.
Also popularly known as the Rajsamudra Lake, the Rajsamand Lake is a famous tourist attraction that is located 66 kilometers to the north of Udaipur, near the town of Rajsamand, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The lake was constructed in the 17th century by Maharana Raj Singh and was built across the Gomati, Kelwa and Tali Rivers, with a total catchment area of around 196 square miles. The serene lake looks the most striking and stunning at the time of the sunset when the soft light of the setting sun casts an almost magic like glitter upon the pristine waters of the lake.
The lake is one of the five famous lakes in Mewar and lies nestled between the cities of Rajnagar and Kanroli. The major water source of the lake is the River Gomti. Towards the south of the lake, one can find a vast embankment that is composed entirely of white marble. This embankment is complete with marble terraces and beautiful stone steps that are in contact with the water of the lake. The five weighing arches or ‘toranas’ are where Maharaja Raj Singh and his descendants organized the annual event of Tuladan, wherein the kings weighed themselves in gold, and then distributed this gold amongst the Brahmins. This tradition of Tuladan was followed by the descendants of the Maharaja even after his death.
Despite the fact that the Rajsamand Lake has a vast area of cross-section, it tends to dry up during periods of severe drought. Nevertheless, the cool breeze blowing around the lake, the sight of the sparkling white marble and the pure water next to it, all make up for a picture perfect spot that is breathtakingly beautiful, and a must visit at least once in a lifetime.
On the embankment of the lake, there domicile nine pavilions or ‘Nauchowki’, which were constructed by Maharana Raj Singh. The beautifully carved pavilions are festooned with pictures of the Sun, chariots, Gods, birds and wonderful carvings. The history of Mewar is inscribed in 1017 stanzas, on twenty seven marble slabs, that are called as ‘Raj Prasasti’. It has also been acclaimed as one of the longest etchings acknowledged in India.
If we turn the pages of Historical facts, Rajsamand Lake also made the seaplane base of Imperial Airways during World War II, for over six years. If you are visiting Kankroli, enjoy the fabulous scenery of Rajsamand Lake from Dwarkadhish Temple that is discussed in our section of Temples. While traveling to Kumbhalgarh, you can trace the most amazing site of Rajsamand Lake.
At the time of sunset, the waters of the lake glitter with the startling light of the sun. The vista appears marvelous at this time, when the orange shade of the departing Sun shades the waters of the lake. A quiet walk on the banks of Rajsamand Lake would take away all your stress and tension instantly. You would find this scene, definitely a sight, to behold forever.