Nakki Lake


About Nakki Lake



Mount Abu, surrounded by rocky plateaus, is a scenic beauty which can enchant you with its breathtaking views and warm hospitality. The place offers much adventure and fun, and leaves one yearning for more.

With so much to do in Mount Abu, one can never get bored. With so much within the city, Mount Abu simply mesmerises you with its myriad pleasures. From adventure, trekking and camping to picnic spots, or just wandering around the whole city, the journey becomes all the more memorable.

Nakki Lake is one such wonder situated in this town. It is the only artificial lake in India which is situated at an altitude of 1200 meters. In about half a mile in length and about a quarter of a mile in width, it is around 20 to 30 feet deep towards the dam area. The lake offers innumerable leisurely activities for tourists including boating. From pedal boats to Shikaras, you can completely experience Nakki Lake's heavenly beauty. While a ride in the pedal boats will cost you around INR 50-100 per person, a private Shikara should cost around INR 100 per person.

The lake also has a number of activities for the little ones including water balloons or zorbing and horse riding. With various eating joints and souvenir shops nearby, a culinary journey and shopping spree should definitely be on your list! Toad Rock, another famous spot in Mount Abu, surrounding the lake is a must visit if you have time. This is the perfect spot for nature lovers and photographers to capture and take home some breathtaking moments.

As the sun sets, make your way to the charming Sunset Point for an amazing experience!

History

Nakki Lake has an intriguing history behind its inception. According to Hindu religion, it is a very sacred lake and has different theories attached to it. As one story suggests, it was dug out with nails by the Gods, so that they can be protected by a wicked demon. That's why it is denoted by the name Nakki. While others believe that it was here that an old sage by the name of Rasiya Balam fell in love with the king's teenage daughter named Kunwari Kanya. The king said that any person who will dig a lake overnight will marry his daughter. The sage dug the lake with his nails and when he finished the task, the king refused to marry his daughter to him.

A temple dedicated to Rasiya Balam and Kunwari Kanya is located behind the Dilwara Jain temple. The lake is also worshipped by the local tribes on the auspicious occasion of Shukla Paksha in the month of April.

Location

Nakki Lake is at a walking distance from the main city. It is the very heart of this serene hill station, situated at an altitude of 1200 meters.

How to Reach

Mount Abu, a pristine hill station nestled between the Aravallis, is well connected to the state and different parts of the country like other parts of Rajasthan.

The city does not has an airport, but is easily accessible to travellers from different parts of the country. The nearest airport to Mount Abu is the Maharana Pratap airport in Dabok, Udaipur which is at a distance of 185 km. The airport in Ahmedabad is around 221 km away. From the airport you can hire a cab or taxi to reach your destination.

The nearest railway station to the city is Abu road railway station. The distance of the railway station from the main city is just 28 km. The station is connected with major railway tracks connecting it throughout India. From the railway station you can hire a taxi or share a cab with other tourists as well.

The city also boasts of a well maintained network of road. Deluxe and semi-deluxe buses which are run by the Rajasthan State Transport Corporation as well as some private companies ply at regular intervals, making connectivity easier for travellers.

If you like driving or prefer scenic roads, travelling in your own vehicle is also a good option. The drive to the hill station is an adventurous journey, if you take regular intervals at various places. National highway 14 is well connected with the city.

Local transport is also available in the form of unmetered taxis and cabs. If you really want to have a wonderful time in this beautiful place, you can also hire a bike at a nominal amount and enjoy the mystic beauty of this place. You will just need to shell out the expense for fuel.

Best time to Visit

Mount Abu, the most famous and the only hill station in the state of Rajasthan, is a true beauty in itself. Unlike all the other cities of Rajasthan, it enjoys a moderate temperature all year round. Tourists throng this place throughout the year to enjoy its scenic beauty.

Summer here starts from mid-April and lasts till mid-June. The maximum temperature the city experiences is around 36 degrees making it bearable for a fulfilling tour. You can step out at any time of the day because of the moderate temperature wearing light summer clothes.

Monsoons add a new charm and vigour to the hill station. With blessings from the skies, the city is filled with greenery, making it a sight to behold. The city receives the maximum amount of rainfall in the desert region of Rajasthan. During the rainy season, the hill station enjoys a full house! With tourists from all parts of the country, Mount Abu takes on a different hue during this time.

The winter season gives you an opportunity to snuggle in warm woollens and yet wander around the place. Though the temperature dips down below 15 degrees during the day, it is quite comfortable to step out for sightseeing and other activities.

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Last Updated on : June 4, 2014