Ana Sagar Lake is a large artificial lake situated in the city of Ajmer
. Surrounded by some beautiful pavilions and attractive Daulat Bagh gardens this is one of the most picturesque sights of Ajmer. Along with the popular shrine of Dargah Sharif which is also known as Ajmer-e-sharif, the city of Ajmer also includes some more historical sites which attract a large number of tourists. One such artistic place is the Ana Sagar Lake which was built by King Anaji the father of Prithvi Raj Chauhan. Ana Sagar stands as an outstanding land mark of the 11th century which is known for its architecture and scenic beauty.
Ana Sagar Lake is one of the major attractions of Ajmer which was built for the people of Ajmer. This lake is mainly known for its location. This lake was constructed by building a dam on the Luni River
. It is surrounded with some well maintained and well decorated pavilions which were built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. This lake is further surrounded by one of largest gardens of Ajmer. Known as Daulat Bagh this garden was built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir. This has few pavilions built of marble stones. Decorated with some fine architecture this is an equally popular sight of Ajmer that is visited by thousands of visitors. Though the lake gets dried up during the summer season yet it acts as the lifeline of Ajmer that brings freshness for the people of Ajmer.
Ana Sagar Lake covers a substantially large area. The lake spreads over an area of 13 kms. This covers a catchment area which was constructed by the local people. Viewing the lake there is a circuit house which is located at top of the hill that lies at the backdrop of the lake. This circuit house was used as the British Residency which was built during the British reign in India. Besides this the lake also includes an island which is located at the centre of the lake. This island is accessible through boats and water scooters which provide an excellent ride for its visitors. On the east is the long stretched Daulat Bagh which provides a splendid opportunity for long walks around the lake. All this provide great scenic beauty which is further maintained by the high court that passed orders to ban any type of construction within the catchment area of the lake.
With its most attractive sights the lake serves as a great tourist spot for those who visit Ajmer. The best season to visit the lake is during the month of October to March when the climate remains cool and the lake is filled with water. The lake is further surrounded with other tourist spots like Adahi-Din-Ka Jhopra, Taragarh Fort, Nasiyan and Prithviraj Smarak which are equally attractive and entertain the visitors.
Thus with well connected roads and major railway lines this is one of the most attractive sites of Ajmer which is often visited by the tourists.