The driver asked, “Where are we heading, Madam”?
I said, “Badi Lake”.
He replied, “Tourists generally don’t visit this lake as it is not popular like Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake”.
I reciprocated, “That’s why I want to visit this offbeat attraction.”
My jaw literally dropped when I saw the Badi Lake from the top of Bahubali hills. The alluring aerial views of this offbeat attraction of Udaipur can transport you to some exotic location. With the crocodile hump look alike rising hills in the middle of the lake, the fading vistas of the Aravali range, and the Badi village around, the lake paints the most picturesque scenery on your mind. The lake can be best viewed from top of the hillock, which requires a small trek up hill.
The best part of the location is that the terrain is covered with wild tall cactus trees. It gives you a feeling of the Arizona in USA loosely. This fresh water lake offers some splendid panoramas. It is surely a visual delight for the eyes. Built by Maharana Raj Singh I (1652-1680) to eliminate the devastating effects of a famine, the lake was the source of water during the drought. He named the lake as Jiyan Sagar after his mother Jana Devi. This is one of the biggest fresh water lakes in India.
How I discovered Badi Lake
Being a curious mind, I always prefer to do a pre-research about the place I am going to travel. It helps me to plan my itinerary well in advance and makes me aware of a lot of offbeat places. During my research about the “City Of Lakes” in Rajasthan, I stumbled upon a YouTube video about Badi Lake. I was not even aware of a lake like this in Udaipur until I finished watching the entire video. The vivid visuals of the lake were so inviting that it made an impressionable effect on my mind. I decided to explore this lake more than anything else in Udaipur. Unfortunately, not much has been written about the place, which made me more intrigued. It was obvious that unlike the famous lakes in the city, Badi Lake is less explored and not known to many. I decided to include it on top of my itinerary. And, that gave me enough reasons to explore it.
Location of Badi Lake
The location of the Badi Lake can be one reason why this lake has still not come under the tourist’s radar. Located around 12 km away from the main city, the lake is situated in a village called Badi, after which the lake is named. Due to its secluded location, the surrounding has a very peaceful aura. The picturesque lake is one of the most scenic lakes in Rajasthan. If you love driving around scenic lakes, the drive around the Badi Lake can give you the most fulfilling experience, especially early in the morning. Due to the exclusivity and exoticism of the location, the Badi Lake has become a preferred location for wedding shoots these days.
The best time to visit
I visited the lake early in the morning to avoid the harsh sunlight of summer. It is advisable to visit in the morning itself as it looks breathtakingly beautiful with the sunlight cascading its way through the surrounding hills. Also, I preferred the early morning to avoid any kind of chaos and crowd. The sunset view is also absolutely fantastic if you are a sunset person. You can visit the lake throughout the year. But, the monsoon is arguably the best time to see the spectacular beauty of the lake, when nature is drenched in rain and everything looks refreshingly green. Visiting Badi Lake in the monsoon is high on my list.
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