The new food court beside Swaroop Sagar is facing quite a negative response. Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti working for the welfare of lakes in Udaipur has submitted a letter to the Minister for Urban Development, Shanti Dhariwal, asking him to stop the cantilever projection in Swaroop Sagar lake for creating a food court.
The Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti is worried about the contamination of the lake post opening of the food court by the lake. They are concerned about the degree of damage that the lake would face due to the littering and trash discarded by the people and the food stalls at the food court.
According to the Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti, Udaipur Municipal Corporation is constructing the food court without getting the required approval from the Lake Development Authority.
“The construction in question would adversely affect the existing heritage value and serenity of Pichhola- Swaroopsagar Lake and cause detrimental effects on the eco-health of the lake. It will prove to be fatal for the avian and aquatic life of the lakes and eco-sensitive surrounding areas” the letter read.
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Udaipur is known as the City of Lakes and indeed the phrase used is correct. Udaipur has a number of lakes and often people get confused in counting the exact number! Well, the whole city is beautifully lined by various lakes and parts of the city also experience the Ayad river crossing under the several bridges. The vicinity of the city is so tranquil that one might get totally mesmerized by it. So, coming back to the question; let’s find out how many lakes are in Udaipur.
The famous ones:
These lakes are the ones which are the biggest and lie in close proximity from the city center. Not only this, these ones are the most visited by tourists and locals.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake is the second artificial lake of Udaipur after Jaisamand lake. It was built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh. Then in 1889, Maharana Fateh Singh built the “Connaught Dam,” near ‘Dewali’ and subsequently the dam enlarged the lake, and hence was renamed after the King Maharana Fateh Singh.
Attractions at the Lake Fateh Sagar:
Camel and Horse Rides
Several parks for recreational activities.
Pichola Lake is the oldest and one of the largest lakes in Udaipur. Most of the luxurious hotels are in this area and has the massive City Palace standing on the banks. The Taj Lake Palace resting in the middle of the waters of the Lake Pichola is an eye-pleasing sight. The name ‘Pichola’ has two legends behind it, that you can read here.
Attractions at the Pichola Lake:
Visit Jag Mandir
Visit Taj Lake Palace
Innumerable eateries surrounding the lake
Situated near the Village Badi, the lake is also called by the name Jiyan Sagar named after Jana Devi, the mother of Maharana Raj Singh who built the lake. It sprawls in an area of 155 sq. km. and the embankment of the lake extends wide in area. It also boasts three beautiful ‘chattris’.
Attractions at the Badi Lake:
Udaisagar Lake is located at a distance of about 13 km in the east of Udaipur. The construction of this lake was started in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh. Completed in 1565, the Maharana constructed a dam on Berach River to guarantee ample supply of water in his kingdom and Udai Sagar was the result of this Dam.
The lake gets its name from the Maharana who built it.
These lakes the branches or links to the larger ones in the city. While these are smaller than the above-mentioned ones they have their equal charm.
This small artificial lake created by Maharana Swaroop Singh gets its name from him. It is also known as Kumharia Talab. Swaroop Sagar is located near Chand Pol adjoining Rangsagar (which is a branch of Pichola Lake). Kumharia Talab or Swaroop Sagar is connected with Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar.
Doodh Talai is a small lake near Pichola Lake. Doodh Talai (meaning milk pond) fulfilled the basic needs of cows that were present in government cow shelters (Raajakeey Goshalas) that met the requirement of milk in the royal kitchen. The freshwater reservoir was primarily meant for the Royal concern.
Purohito ka Talab
‘Purohito ka Talab’ is being developed as a new destination for tourists. It is located at a distance of about 12 kilometers from Udaipur, in Amberi Panchayat which is also known as Mini Jaisalmer. The Reddish-Orange Chattris are a major attraction there.
Located on the outskirts of Udaipur this place is less visited by the tourists or locals due to its distance from the city center. However, the local government bodies have worked a lot towards making it a hot-spot. A ship (structure) was also installed in the water to attract people. The people residing in the nearby colonies do come and enjoy evenings at the Goverdhan Sagar.
The Main source of water in Fatehsagar is the Madaar Lake (Chhota). These two water bodies (and must be counted as two different lakes) are known under a single name ‘Madaar’ and colloquially people refer to them as ‘Chota Madaar’ and ‘Badaa Madaar’ meaning small and large Madaar. Water comes from Madar Lake and Swaroop Sagar Link Channel to fill up the lake Fatehsagar.
The nearby ones:
Jaisamand Lake is the second largest artificial lake in Asia. It is situated at a distance of approximately 51 km from the city of Udaipur. The lake is also known as Dhebar Lake. It was built by Maharana Jai Singh while making a dam on the Gomti River in the year 1685. He kept the name of the lake Jaisamand after his known name; Jaisamand means ‘Ocean of Victory’.
Located 66 km north of Udaipur, Rajsamand Lake lies between Rajnagar and Kankroli districts. It is also known as Rajsamudra Lake. The lake was a result of a dam constructed across the river Gomati, Kelwa, and Tali; built by Maharana Raj Singh I in the years 1662-1676. One of the major attractions at the Rajsamand Lake is the array of nine pavilions or ‘nauchowki’ (nine ghats) that are beautifully adorned with pictures of the sun, chariots, gods, birds and detailed carvings.
Aren’t you amazed by knowing about the number of lakes in the whole of Udaipur!!!
Devotees across Udaipur combined together on 9th August, 2013 to cherish and celebrate the janmotsav of Sagas Ji Bavji, a local deity. As per every year, this year too this auspicious event was attended by hundreds of Bavji’s devotees. The decorated Picholi temple witnessed queues of bavji hukum’s devotees all ready to cater their gratitude and convey the birthday wishes to the lord. The day began with the morning rituals and Bavji Hukum’s abhishek followed by a Mahabhog offered to him. Also artists invited from Ahemdabad carried our Ratri Jagran in name of the deity.
#2 Link Gates of Swaroop Sagar Opened :
The link gates connecting the swaroop sagar and Fatehsagar lakes have finally been opened. Udaipur witnessed 2.48 inch rainfall due to continuous rains in the last 24 hours. As a result, the link gates of Swaroop Sagar has been opened to facilitate the excessive flow to enter lake Fatehsagar, with this the water level in the lake has started rising. Swaroop Sagar’s water flow is about 4.5 Feet. As per the forecasting experts, Udaipur is assumed to witness heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.
#3 Mr. Ashutosh Pednekar appointed as Udaipur’s New Collector :
Mr. Ashutosh Pednekar is our city’s new Collector. Mr. Pednekar, an IAS 2002 batch officer has previously served as the District Collector at Alwar, Boondi and Ganganagar. While addressing the media, Mr. Pednekar briefed up about his action list for the coming time, where he talked about focusing on the implementation of the flagship schemes of the CM, developing framework to cope with the increasing traffic problems. He also plans on development of tribal areas by developing the small scale and cottage industries.
#4 City’s Heritage Walk Inaugurated :
To promote tourism and avail nominal priced guided tour to the tourists, Udaipur’s first heritage walk was organized on 5th August, 2013. The Heritage Walk’s inauguration was done by Mr. G.S. Sandhu (Rajasthan State Government, Principal Secretary) along with Ms. Rajni Dangi (UMC, Mayor). The tour shall include a heritage walk in areas like Jagdish Chowk, City Palace Road, Baghore Ki Haveli, Bhattiyani Chauhatta, Gangaur Ghat etc where the tourists shall be briefed about these heritage points and will be provided with a guide book, a note pad and a jute bag. The charges for this tour are set as Rs.200 (all inclusive). This tour will be organized from 8 am-10 am and 5 pm-7 pm daily.
Here We Are Udaipur!!! Again It was an Awesome Mausam Yesterday.. So Planned out to Pay a Visit To Both The Lakes (Pichola and Fatehsagar) and Also We Had a Visit to Beautiful Place – Gangaur Ghat – It Is The Best Place to See Lake Pichola From a Different Angle. Than We Had A Visit to Swaroop Sagar Lake. After Getting a Few Pictures from Their we Visited Wolkem Garden Before Fatehsagar.
Finally We Were at FatehSagar 😀 On The Entry We Could See Water Coming from Dewas Channel Via Swaroop Sagar. Than we Moved ahead It qas Awesome Seeing Lakes Filled With Water, 😡 But It felt Bad that the Water Plant(Jal Kumbhi) From Swaroop Sagar Also Moved Into The Lakes 🙁 . Then We Paid a Visit to Main Gates Of Fatehsagar Pal (Water Level Reached – 3) .
But the Real Thing That Made Pleasure was Seeing The Madaar Water Coming Into The Fatehsagar (On Dewali Side Entry). It Was Lovely and Without Wasting Much Time We Took Videos and Pictures. 😀 😀
I Hope You All Would Love Our Work and Hard Work 😉 Just For Our City Friends 😀
See The Video Below of The Exclusive Water Coming from Bada Madaar. ➡
Also Check Out The Pictures Of Our Visit to The Lakes Below.. Enjoy!! 🙂 😆