Fateh Sagar lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan is the second most delightful lake after Lake Pichola. It is an artificial lake constructed at first by Maharana Jai Singh at around AD 1678 however, it is named after the Maharan Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar who additionally rolled out improvements to it around 1880s.
Fateh Sagar lake is spread over an area of 4 Km square (1.5 sq. miles) with the maximum length of 2.4 Kms (1.5 miles) and maximum depth of 13.4 m. It is one of the four lakes of the Udaipur city; the other three being: The Lake Pichola (within the Udaipur town, close to the City Palace of Udaipur), Udai Sagar Lake, 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) to the east of Udaipur, and Dhebar Lake or Jaisamand Lake, 52 km (32 mi) south east of Udaipur.
Inside the boundaries of the Fateh Sagar Lake, there are three little islands; the biggest of these is the Nehru Park, which is a mainstream tourist destination and a popular picnic spot (as shown below in the picture) whereas, the second island (approx. 6.5 hectare) has been built into a lovely Public park which has amazing water-jet fountains and can only be reached via boat just like the other two, and on the third island you can spot the USO – Udaipur Solar Observatory.
The Udaipur Solar Observatory (shown in the picture above) at Fateh Sagar lake on one of the islands was established by Dr. Arvind Bhatnagar in 1976. The sky conditions at Udaipur are very good for space observations. Since the observatory is arranged in the midst of a huge mass of water, air turbulence which happens because of ground warming by sun’s beams is diminished to a very large extent which in turn enhances the picture quality and therefore, gives precise results. Unfortunately, the Solar observatory isn’t open for vacationers and requires uncommon consent to visit. You can only view it from a distance while you are on a boat or outside the lake strolling.
Since, Rajasthan is a historical place of great importance therefore, one should know the significance as they represent incredible accomplishments in workmanship, design and art, architecture and hence, glorify India.
In 1687, Maharana Jai Singh first developed the lake however, two hundred years later the earthen bund which framed the lake was washed away amid floods, and from that point Maharana Fateh Singh, in 1889, constructed the “Connaught Dam” on Lake Dewali to stamp the visit of Prince Aurthur, Duke of Connaught who was the third son of Queen Victoria. The dam extended the lake, and it was later renamed, Fateh Sagar Lake. Built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh, Fateh Sagar Lake got its name from Maharana Fateh Singh, who later made additions to it.
Fateh Sagar lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan is encompassed by beautiful Aravalli hills and give extraordinary views during the sunset. After a short flight we landed in Udaipur and after a quick nap we headed for the Fateh Sagar Lake on the very same day. The weather was stunning, it was afternoon and the blue water of the lake was very inviting. My eyes were glued as the lake was encompassed by the beautiful hills. It was a delightful experience.
We booked a speed boat there to have some real fun. Now, there are two kinds of boats they are running for the tourists, one is the normal shared boat which you had to share with the other tourists, which runs slowly and to be honest very boring and the other one is the Speed boat to give you some thrills and you don’t have to share it with others.
Oh! Boy it was fast and the way it turns just like a sports car on a racing track, will give you thrills. This experience was just amazing and to be honest my Mommy who always tries to keep a distance from the water bodies thoroughly enjoyed the speed boat ride. She was smiling and giggling. One of the best experiences we ever had. However, the ride is short and doesn’t last more than 5-7 minutes. Still it’ll be the best 5-7 minutes you’ll have in Fateh Sagar Lake.
All the boats, whether they were speed boats or shared boats where clean and well maintained. And I would like to say that your visit to Fateh Sagar Lake would be incomplete without the boat ride.
Apart from taking a boat ride you can also go for the camel ride or the horse ride to take a ride along the lake from where you can capture beautiful pictures and videos of the lake. It’s a different experience altogether.
The average time tourists spend at Fateh Sagar Lake is around 1 hour. Lean towards going there in the afternoon after 3 pm so you can enjoy the magical sunset as I did. You can also visit the Under The Sun Aquarium, as they call it the India’s Biggest Public Aquarium Gallery at the other end of the lake. Do not consider taking a walk till Under the Sun Aquarium, as it will totally exhaust you. Public transportation is easily available.
The sunset at Fateh Sagar Lake was magical and it filled me with an astounding emotion like never before. The sunset I have never ever experienced before, was one of a kind, watching the sun going down between the hills and I was lost in the moment.
What I found watching the sunset at Fateh Sagar Lake? It was peace, serenity and contentment.
It was seductive!!!
You can also have popcorn or local snack to munch on there while strolling along and admiring the beauty of the lake and enjoying the sunset. However, there are several food stalls as well just in case you need to satisfy your taste buds.
All in all the first day experience was just amazing and I was overwhelmed and the day ended after going to India’s Biggest Public Aquarium Gallery, Under The Sun Aquarium.
How to reach: very close to the city and can be reached using local or private transportation which are easily available.
Best Season: Between December to February.