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Amar Sagar Lake
About Amar Sagar Lake

Amar Sagar is a beautiful and small lake cum Oasis which is located about 7 kms in the western outskirts of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India and is nearby to a 17th Century palace called the Amar Singh Palace. Maharawal Akhai Singh built this palace in honor of one of his predecessors Amar Singh. There are pavilions with stairs near the palace that lead down towards the Amar Sagar Lake. This haveli has been constructed in the pattern of apartments. The Amar Sagar is a five story high haveli and is well-known for its murals.

This complex of Amar Sagar Lake and Palace includes various ponds and wells along with an old Shiva Temple. Amar Singh built this because he was supposed to be a great follower of Lord Shiva, a Hindu God related to destruction. Surrounding this lake are varied figureheads of animals that have been carved in stone. As per legends, the carved figureheads are said to be the protectors of the royal family. Located close to the Jaisalmer Fort, tourists can take taxis or shared auto rickshaws from the fort to reach this lake and palace. Best time to Visit Amar Sagar Lake is from November to March.

Main Attractions Near Amar Sagar Lake

In close proximity to the lake there are figureheads of various animals carved in stone. Many wells and monuments of the royal family are located nearby as well as a large garden with a water tank in the middle which are known inevitably as the Amar Singh Tank. Being an ardent devotee of Shiva Amar Singh had a Shiv temple built in the complex – a tribute to the deity known as the Destroyer among the holy trinity of gods in the Hindu pantheon.

Jain Temple Attractions
As Jaisalmer was located on the trade route with west Asia, there was a prevalence of wealthy Jain businessmen in the city who constructed many fine Jain temples. Amar Sagar has as many as three, the most famous of which is the Adeshwar Nath Jain temple which was founded by Patwa Bafna Himmat Ram in 1928. Located towards the back end of the tank, the temple is engraved in what must have been a fairly avant garde design at that time, with one projection made in ivory coloured marble. There are two other Jain temples at Amar Sagar with elaborately carved galleries and latticed walls which are surrounded by old step-wells. The lake generally dries up in the summer heat, but commeth the monsoon and it fairly brimmeth over.

History of Amar Sagar Lake

Amar Sagar Lake is counted among one of Jaisalmers most scenic water bodies, despites being somewhat smaller in size as compared with other famous lakes. The lake serves as a true Oasis in the desert of Jaisalmer, relaxing the eyes through its enthralling water after one has witnessed miles of sun kissed desert and sand dunes- a welcome shift of colors from gray to blue. It is an amusing site to relax, enjoy a short picnic trip and witness a wonderful example of Rajput architecture in Amar Singh Palace. Another reason for its popularity is the Amar Singh Palace which is located nearby to the lake. The palace was founded in 17th century by Maharawal Akhai Singh ( reigned 1722-61 ) in honor of his predecessors Amar Singh. The palace comprises of Balconies, pavilions and Jharokhas, exhibiting the trademark facets of architecture that are famous all over the world for their extensive carvings, the beautiful frescos, royal opulence and optimal design. However, Amar singh palace’s chief attraction is the murals ornamenting the walls. These superlative murals decorates the impressive structure and are seen on almost all apartments of this 5 storied palace. As the visitors wander around the lake, they more often than not notice the several wells, ponds and cenotaphs in the area. Maharawal Amar Singh was an enthusiastic devotee of Lord Shiva and built a temple which is dedicated to the deity. The temple now exists within the complex and is highly frequented by both visitors and the villagers alike.

How to Reach Amar Sagar Lake

By Rail
Jaisalmer is connected to major cities of India through broad gauge as well as meter gauge railway tracks. Direct trains to Jaisalmer are available from Jodhpur as well as Delhi. Jaisalmer is connected through both 'Broad gauge' as well as 'Meter gauge' tracks. One can also travel to Jaisalmer by Palace on Wheels.

By Road
Jaisalmer is well connected to the rest of state by well-maintained roads. Deluxe & Ordinary buses of Rajasthan Roadways & Private companies operate form Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmer, Mount Abu, Jalore, Ahmedabad etc, Roadways main bus stand opposite Railway station & Golden bus terminal near State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, Shiv road, Jaisalmer are the two major bus stands.

By Air
Jaisalmer is not directly connected to Airways as such, Jodhpur airport which is about 300 kms away is the nearest airport. Jodhpur is connected to all the major metros of India by government owned as well as private airlines. From Jodhpur you can hire Cabs or take a train journey according to one’s wish and preference.



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