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Jaisamand Sanctuary

Jaisamand Sanctuary is the place that’s high on the wish-list of tourists when they are in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. The sanctuary stands out from other similar destinations in many ways, primarily in its ambiance and its royal connections.

Location and History

Jaisamand Sanctuary is located 52 km south east of Udaipur and is on the banks of world famous Jaisamand Lake which was built by the then ruler of the region, Maharaja Jai Singh in 1685. The lake is the second largest artificial lake in the world. The sanctuary serves as home to wild life, local birds, migratory birds, reptiles and fishes. It was built in 1957 and covers a large area of 62 square kilometers.

The lake is home to a large number of reptiles including turtles, crocodiles, fishes of many varieties and more. It is a whopping 14 km in length and nine kilometers in width encompassing a circumference of 88 kilometers. It is 102 feet deep at the deepest point. The sanctuary has been developed to ensure scalability. There is a well-developed road for vehicles like jeeps and cars to pass through.

Bird and Animals Seen in the Sanctuary

Some of the wild animals that can be seen in the sanctuary include the wild boar, deer, panther, antelopes, jungle cats, leopard, fox and hyena. Animals like Neelgai, Chinkara or Indian Gazelle and the Indian hare too are visible at times. The birds that frequent the sanctuary includes the wood shrike, common hawk cuckoo, black drongo, Indian grey hornbill, robin, white browned fantail, baya weaver, white-breasted kingfisher, blue flycatcher, cattle egret and the Asian paradise flycatcher.

The best way to enjoy the flora and fauna of the sanctuary is through jeep rides. There are good facilities available for the tourists in the form of a guest bungalow; a forest rest house and a hotel that provides excellent staying facilities for the enthusiastic wildlife watchers.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Jaisamand Sanctuary is from December to June to maximize the chances of spotting the largest variety of wild life and birds. The climate is extremely pleasant during these months.

How to Reach

By Road

Jaisamand Sanctuary is 51 km from Udaipur and can be reached using state transport buses, private buses or taxis.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Udaipur at 56 km from the sanctuary.

By Air

The nearest airport is Dabok Airport, Udaipur at 74 km from the place.

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