Jaisamand Lake : My wife went through the tourist guide and recommended to visit this spot. We initially thought we could hire a cab but the OLA guys refused to travel a distance of approx. 60 km one way and we went to the tourist counter and enquired with the attendant. He just ruled out hiring cab, he said that plenty of buses are plying between Udaipur and Mount Abu and this place falls in between. So our strategy was devised how to go about, we boarded and auto and just landed at Bus terminus and immediately got a bus towards Jaisamand. After reaching the bus stop we boarded an auto towards the hillock wherein Jaisamand lake is located.
While travelling in the bus we got an interesting piece of information that fresh water fish fry is available in stalls. We made up our mind to definitely try the same during the lunch time. On our return we tried some of the river fish which is oil fried with least masala. It was fresh and tasty. Unfortunately we did not have any other item for lunch except phulka chapati or dal bhatti. We tried a litte bit of dal bhatti which is almost half cooked flooded with ghee.
Historical Background :
It is also known as Dhebar lake. It is known as the Asia’s largest artificial lake earlier Bhopal’s Upper lake had the distinction of being the one, now the water capacity has been considerably reduced. It covers an area of 34 square kilometers and is protected by Wildlife sanctuary. It was built by Rana Jai Singh in the 17th century. He built a marble dam across the river Gomati.
Jaisamand lake was world’s largest lake when it was built in 1685 till a lake was developed over Aswan dam in Egypt in 1902. There are three isle on the this lake. Ferry boats take the tourist for a sail depending on budget or ticket. There is one more spot across the lake wherein fish stalls are located.
Hawa Mahal : It is summer palace on a hillock, we were a little apprehensive whether we can climb the same. There was a ASI student who confirmed that there is virtually no staircases and one can easily trudge on the inclined pathway laid for the tourist. This is a ticketed monument one needs to obtain the same in the forest department office located at the enterance.
The view point from Hawa Mahal is worth the trouble one takes to trek up the hillock. One is greeted by plenty of cool breeze on top of the Mahal. One can take beautiful pictures and the hillocks are really scenic. One can see the Rani Mahal on the other side of the hillock. I believe the monument has been closed because of the treasure hunters vandalizing the place. Bhil tribes are supposed to living in these hillocks.
Hawa Mahal was built by Maharana Jai Singh ( 1680-98 ) in appreciation of a soldier who managed to cross the gorge amidst the lake in his third attempt. According to ASI records. The most likely usage of the rani mahal must have been for the royal ladies. Another palace which is in dilapidated condition situated across the hillock is a trekking route for about a 2 kms. Maybe a group trip is ideal for discovering this place not advisable for individuals and couples.
There is a Shiva temple in the midst of six cenotaphs on the boundary of the lake. Elephants statues are located at numerous vantage points.