The shining water, the remote peace, the ecstatic reflection, and the overwhelming emotions, all of them synthesize for one of the most magical experiences. Every time you visit a water body, it is like a cushion for you. It dissolves all of the dismal emotions in itself. Your pupil dissolve in the waves which are coming and going away from you. As if you are crying out for them to take you away.
Kaylana Lake is one such magical sight. It is away from all the uproar of Jodhpur. Watching the sunset while sitting beside the lake is the best thing to do in Jodhpur. It is a man-made lake, which has water present in it all year round. One of the best parts about the lake is that it is away from all the crowd of tourists. Hence, it is visited by locals only.
As soon as you visit, the peace around the lake will make you fall in love with it. Your mind and your feet will start relaxing immediately. The worst part about visiting the lake is that you don’t want to go away from it. Even when the sun goes down and blue light commences the darkness of night.
Importance of the Lake
Historically, Jodhpur has always been prone to famine and droughts. Thus in 1932, a man-made lake was constructed on the outskirts of Jodhpur. This man-made lake was named as Kaylana Lake which was the most important water body for Jodhpur. Earlier it used to preserve water from the rain but now it receives water from several canals.
It is a tremendous example of dealing with drought and famine. Now there are several lakes inside the city of Jodhpur. All of these receive water from Kaylana Lake. Even Takth Sagar, which is at a lower elevation from Kaylana and considered as another important water body, receives water from Kaylana Lake.
The ecological importance of the lake is huge since it welcomes migratory birds from all around the world.
Future developments around the lake will put it in the center of tourism attraction. Especially the development of Machia Biological Park around it will attract a lot of people.
Things not to around Lake
Since the lake is a lifeline for the local people. It directly affects their health and lifestyle. So there are some things you should be careful about when you visit the lake.
- Don’t put your leg inside the water. Even if it relaxes you, then also you should not put your legs inside the lake.
- Don’t throw anything inside the water while boating, or sitting around the lake.
- Don’t play music loudly around the lake. It will harm the biodiversity of the lake.
How to Reach Kaylana Lake
Kaylana Lake is 9 km from the Jodhpur bus stand and 10 km from the railway station. Therefore it is on the outskirts of the city. Lake is on the way towards Jaisalmer from Jodhpur.
You can visit Kaylana Lake by booking a cab through Ola or Uber. Both of the cab company works perfectly in the city.
You can also rent a scooty or bike from many vendors inside the city. The price for a day is between 400-800 without petrol.
I chose public transport and hitchhiking to move inside the city. But for choosing this option you need a lot of patience.
Where to stay in Jodhpur
Jodhpur is turning into a backpacking hub so there are many cheap stay options. But the main thing while choosing the accommodation is that you want to stay near the Mehrangarh Fort or Clock tower. This is the place with all the action and charm of the town. The cafes in the area are awesome and you can visit many rooftop cafes around the area. I will only recommend cheap stays.
- Zostel Jodhpur – It is a great choice to stay in Jodhpur since the hostel is in the prime location and you don’t have to walk much for exploring. They have good beds, and great service to go along with it. They even have a rooftop cafe overlooking the Mehrangarh Fort.
- Bob Hostel – It is a good hostel in the main area of Jodhpur. They have comfortable beds and budget personal rooms.
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