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Dhebar Lake
Dhebar Lake now known, as the Jaisamand Lake is the second largest artificial lake of Asia.
 
 Dhebar / Jaisamand LakeDhebar Lake now known, as Jaisamand Lake is located in, Jaisamand in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan. It is the second largest artificial lake of Asia. Jaisamand is situated at a distance of 45 km. from the district headquarter at Udaipur and is well connected by air, rail and road. Covering an area of 87 sq. km. the foundation of the lake was laid in the 17th century by Rana Jai Singh of Udaipur when a marble dam was built across the Gomati River.

The lake was inaugurated on 2nd June 1691 and it is said on this day Maharaja Jai Singh distributed gold equal to his own weight in charity after a tuladaan ceremony. It was earlier known as the Dhebar Lake because the Gomati River by which the lake is formed used to flow through Dhebar and pass through two hillocks.

The embankment area is finely decorated with graceful chhatris made of marble. On both sides of the lake there are beautiful summer palaces of the Udaipur queens. The vast lake braided with the Aravalli ranges offers scenic beauty, which is a treat for the eyes. In the midst of the lake there are three islands whose inhabitants use boats, which in the local language is called bhel to reach the shore. Adjacent to the Jaisamand Lake is the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary, which is the habitat of sloth bear, leopard, chinkara, chital, wild boar and a number of birds. Fishes and crocodiles can also be found here.

(Last Updated on : 10/09/2010)
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