As far as wildlife is concerned, the Indian peninsula is a continent in itself where the sheer diversity of the wildlife astounds you with more than 350 species of mammals and 1200 avifauna species in the country.
The people want to do only one thing in the cities during the summers – they want to get away from it. They want a cool getaway in India itself where they can have some respite from the scorching heat of the plains.
Many of the lakes of Rajasthan were built for storing water. These were not lakes in the true sense of the word, but due to their sheer size they resembled a lake. Such is the case of the stunning Fateh Sagar Lake. Located north of the Lake Pichola, the Fateh Sagar Lake, was originally meant to be perennial water storage reservoir. It was built by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678, and is still one of the second largest sources of water for the city of Udaipur.
The setting of the Fateh Sagar Lake is captivating to the core, as it is surrounded by low hills on its three sides and the awe-inspiring Maharana Pratap Memorial on the fourth. You might wonder as to why the lake is called Fateh Sagar Lake instead of being named after the Maharana Jai Singh.
Well the reason is not hard to find. Very many years ago, the dam on the lake was damaged as a result of heavy rains; the then Maharana of Udaipur Fateh Sing reconstructed the dam, and hence the Fateh Sagar Lake was named after him. There are three islands that are a part of the lake, and the largest island is home to the Nehru Park that has been named after the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. The garden is famous for the wide variety of flowers, its architecture, and the fact that is stands in the middle of the lake.
The second largest island has a solar observatory installed within its precincts. It considered a great site to obtain high resolution solar images. Seen from the shores this observatory, accentuates the beauty of the Fateh Sagar Lake. The smallest island of lake lies to the west and has an intricately designed jet fountain. Boating facilities are available for the general public, and you can have an exciting time maneuvering the paddle boats along the lake.
The Fateh Sagar Lake is connected to Lake Pichola using a gated canal. This lake has a pear like shape and there is very little or no vegetation around the lake.