FATEH SAGAR LAKE

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Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan
Built In: 1678 AD
Built By: Maharana Jai Singh
Reconstructed By: Maharana Fateh Singh

The picturesque Fateh Sagar Lake, located north of Lake Pichola is overlooked by a number of hills on the three sides and Pratap Memorial on the north, was built by Maharana Fateh Singh. Maharana Jai Singh originally built it in 1678 AD, but later heavy rains destroyed the dam. It was reconstructed by Maharana Fateh Singh and hence it got the name.

A pleasant lakeside drive winds along the east bank of the lake. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park- a lovely garden island with a boat shaped café accessible by an enjoyable boat ride.

Lake Fateh Sagar is a medium-sized perennial storage reservoir constructed in the year 1678 AD, by the rulers of former Mewar State. Although primarily constructed for irrigational purpose, this water body has lately become a second major source of drinking water for the city of Udaipur. The main feeder canal of the lake comes from Madar Tank situated at a higher altitude about 15 km from Udaipur city.

Lake Fateh Sagar is also connected to the adjoining Lake Pichhola through a canal having gates. This (former) lake has somewhat pear-like shape and is surrounded by hills except on its eastern side where a straight masonry dam of about 800-m length is located.

The lake lies on the northwest of main Udaipur city. The runoff emerging from surrounding hillocks drains into this lake. Along the eastern shore line runs a beautiful serpentine road, which has a stone wall on the lake periphery. This lake has got three prominent islands. The largest is developed into a public park.

The second island is situated on the northern side and has an installation of solar observatory. The smallest island on the western side near shore supports a jet fountain. The western bank of lake is occupied by marginal agricultural field. The vegetation cover around the lake is scanty. However, several species of plants are found along the undulating roads and hillocks around this lake.

Leaching of nutrients from the catchment area and agricultural activities in the marginal areas of the lake has influenced the nutrient level of this water body. Similarly, incoming silt has also reduced the water holding capacity of this lake.



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