A splendid tourist spot for travelers, an artificial marvel, a turnaround in the living practices of the Ajmer civilization and a remarkable feat achieved by the Chauhan Dynasty – all these phrases refer to a beautiful picturesque, The Ana Sagar Lake. The lake has two distinct feathers on its hat – one, for changing the people’s perspective on Ajmer from a mere pilgrimage to an enthusiastic tourist spot and the other, for improving the livelihood of the local communities.
The Ana Sagar Lake is located in the northern hemisphere of Ajmer. The lake is easily accessible from the city of Ajmer and also from other parts of the Rajasthani State through cabs, auto rickshaws, buses, trains and even airways. Especially, during the months of March and September, the lake is such a splendid place to visit, thanks to the fresh cool breeze and the increase in water levels that offer an ecstatic feel to the visitors.
The lake was named after its designer who innovated this marvel as early as 12th century. It was constructed by Anangpal Tomar, the grandfather of Prithvi Raj Chauhan, also known as Anaji Tomar, between A.D. 1135 and A.D. 1150. The primary motive behind the lake was to improve the agricultural and customary civilisation of Ajmer. But in due course, the lake has been widely looked upon as an ornament that adorns Ajmer rather than a means of irrigation and public wealth. Initially, it was built to be a dam across the Lavanavari River which is also known as Luni. It was with the strong and stupendous support of the communal public, that Anaji Chauhan established the initial structure. But the current design has more to it than what the local populace could have achieved in the 12th century.
The lake spreads over a massive piece of land of about 13 kilometers, with a number of romantic pavilions and ‘Daulat Bagh’ Gardens dotted along its circumference. After Anaji’s grandson Prithvi Raj Chauhan gave in to the mughals, it was after over 4 centuries that Emperor Shah Jehan constructed the ‘Baradaris’ or the arresting pavilions in 1637. Baradari’s refer to canopies that are made of marble. And it was only under the orthodox reign of the Mughal sovereign Jehangir, the lovely ‘Daulat Bagh’ Gardens were established. Also, a circuit residence is visible from the Lake at the hilltop. The residential edifice had once served as a British Residency which was later prohibited by the High Court with a view to sustain the enchanting charisma of the scenery.
The lake also sports a gorgeous islet in its core which can be reached through small boats and water scooters. A stroll down the cool waters is definitely worth more than an idle look at the serene island. The Ana Sagar Lake does encourage several other attractive spots to visit in its vicinity. The Khobra Behroon Temple to the south, Nasiyan, Adahi-Din-Ka Jhopra and Taragarh Fort are among the exciting line-ups. The ‘Prithviraj Smarak’ needs a special mention, which is built in loving memory of the Brave Chauhan Ruler, Prithvi Raj Chauhan.
How to reach Ajmer:
Ajmer is one of the most holy and well connected cities in Rajasthan as it has the famous dargah of garib nawaz which is popular in people from all faiths and religion , it is well connected through air via Jaipur and you will have to take a taxi or bus to reach ajmer it is well connected to all the major cities of rajasthan and daily bus service is also there from delhi and faridabad.
Jaipur international airport is the nearest airport if you are planing to visit ajmer as the city is yet to have its own airport and Jaipur is well connected by daily flights from all the metro cities of India.
ajmer railway station: It is known as ajmer junction and is well connected via rail route will all the major cities and town and trains are available round the clock also it is dotted with a number of hotels and lodges so if a person has not booked a place to stay can easily find accommodation here before starting his journey .
by road connectivity: ajmer is connected to rest of the country through national highway 8, and apart from state transport buses there are a lot of private bus operators who connect ajmer to rest of the country and the kind of buses range from regular buses to sleeper coaches and Volvo bus service which is also operated by rajsthan state transport.