For a fun-filled holiday and cultural immersion in India, consider visiting the town of Jodhpur over the more popular city of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, or Kolkata. Jodhpur is home to a number of historic and natural treasurers including India’s biggest desert, rocky hills and extremely peaceful lakes. One of the better known lakes is Kaylana Lake, a man-made body of water that is located about 8 km to the west of the city.
This artificial lake was constructed by Pratap Singh, who was the prime minister of Jodhpur in 1872. Today, you can find the lake on Jaiselmer Road but back then, there were palaces and gardens in the area that were owned by two royalties. The palaces were taken down so that the lake could be constructed.
There are three top reasons why you should see Kaylana. One, it is a popular picnic spot; very relaxing and romantic. Two, you can go boating in it since it is a huge lake, and three, stay a little late in the day and see the most spectacular sunset.
People from different parts of India, especially those residing in the state of Rajasthan know about the lake and come here to unwind and escape India’s chaotic city life. They can never get enough of the sunset, when the sky turns from blissful blue, golden orange, deep purple until the stars finally appear. Townsfolk say there used to be bears in the area since it used to be popular hunting grounds for the royal family, but now the only wildlife that remain are colorful species of birds.
The lake is also known as Pratep Sagar to locals. It is wide and deep, and people should not mistake it as a place to swim in, unless you are an expert swimmer. Many have attempted to swim across and sadly lost their lives.
There are other equally beautiful lakes in Jodhpur that you should check out. Very near Kaylana is the Takhat Sagar Lake. The two bodies of water are separated only by a narrow strip of land.
Takhat Sagar is a picturesque bird watchers’ paradise. The lake offers a fort that serves as a viewing point for bird lovers and to enjoy viewing the sunset. Also, not very far from these twin lakes is the Machiya Safari Park where you can enjoy watching rabbits, wild cats, and monkeys among others.
Another popular Rajasthani lake is Balsamand Lake, which you can see on your way to Mandore about seven kilometers from Jodhpur. It is an ancient man-made lake that is one kilometer long, 50 meters wide and 15 meters deep. And just like Kaylana, Balsamand is a wonderful spot for family picnic.
And while you are checking out lakes, you should also know about Fateh Sagar, another man-made lake that was constructed in 1778. Its original intention was to gather and supply water to the nearby communities. It is connected to both Balsamand and Kaylana.
Kaylana Lake may shrink in popularity when compared with Jodhpur’s other tourist destinations such as the many magnificent temples, monuments, forts, ancient halls and parks. If you wish, however, to escape the pressures and stresses of city living, this lake becomes more important than any other spots in the city. This is one of the most peaceful places in India, but avoid coming in summer because it gets very hot.