The Ramgarh Lodge and Ramgarh Lake of Jaipur are generally taken as a single tourist attraction these days, simply because no trip to one is considered fulfilled without a trip to the other. The lodge is named after the lake, though, which is one of the many artificial lakes in the Rajasthan area. Most of these man-made lakes were constructed for the primary purpose of acting as collection areas and reservoirs for water to be used by people living nearby, and have thus been of great import to the locals near them for literal centuries. The same may be said of Ramgarh Lake and its history.
The lake is about 30 kilometres or so away from Jaipur. It is a fairly large lake, about 4 kilometres at its longest and about 2 kilometres at the widest point. This renders it suitable for quite a number of water sports and water activities. For example, many of the locals come here to fish (since the lake has a good number of aquatic species in it) and boat. Boating is so popular here that rowing events for major competitions including the Asian Games in 1982 have been held here.
The attractions of Ramgarh go far beyond the waters, though. It is situated in the Aravalli Range, near the parts of the hills that still have quite a bit of forest left, and is thus a prime place for trekkers and those who want to experience the wildlife of Jaipur. Picnickers come here very often, usually after the rainy season has finished and typically in the months running from October to March. There are even some ruins of an old fort nearby, which hints at the life the royal Kachwaha Rajputs used to lead when they still used to come here.
Then there is Ramgarh Lodge, which is just about next to the lake itself. This lodge goes by a number of names. It was formerly called the Taj Ramgarh Polo Lodge, but now it is referred to as the Gateway Hotel. The hotel was taken over by the Taj Hotels Group (one of the biggest hotel and resort development companies in the country) fairly recently, around the 1980’s, but the provenance of the structure is much older, having been constructed in the 1930’s. It was renovated in 2003 to serve as a hotel. It is fairly small as far as hotels go, especially for the Taj Group, but do not let the tidiness of its size fool you: there is opulence as well as luxury waiting within the walls. This building may only be one room shy of a dozen rooms available, but every one of those eleven rooms is stuffed with the best furniture—from Continental period to contemporary pieces—and genuinely fine fixtures. The amenities are also superb and the hotel itself looks fantastic due to the recent renovation. This is not a place to discount if you want to stay in a more secluded, somewhat loftily upper-crust place during your visit to Jaipur.