are a wildlife, nature, and photography enthusiast then you must visit the
Nakki Lake located in the Aravali Range in Mount Abu. The lake, popularly known
as Nakki Jheel among the locals, is a man-made establishment and is a major
attraction in Mount Abu. The jheel is as wide as a quarter of a mile and is as
deep as 11,000 meters.
greenery, cool breeze, and the view of mountains from the lake will soothe your
senses. When at Nakki Jheel, you ought to undertake a boat ride across the
lake. While you sail through the water, you will be impressed by the
tranquility around. The fluttering of the cool wind, sound of the sailing boat,
chirping of the birds and pleasant temperature will put you in great admiration
of the place. As you delve further into the lake, you will be fascinated by
various forms of wildlife that you might spot on the shore.
Lake is the place where the ashes of the Mahatma Gandhi were immersed on 12th
February 1948. Also, a Gandhi Ghat is constructed adjacent to the lake in honor
of the great legend. The pristine blue water and the peaceful ambience around
the lake radiate a romantic aura and hence, Nakki Lake is also known as the
love lake of Mount Abu. It is also considered as a sacred place of worship by
the local tribe Garacia.
to the lake is situated the famous Toad Rock. The massive rock is named so
because it literally resembles a toad that is about to take a leap into the
lake. You should not miss out on the sunset point which is situated a little
ahead of this area. The nearby hills also have many good places to visit such
as Maharaja Jaipur Palace and Raghunath Temple. Nakki Lake is an ultimate
escapade from monotonous city life so plan your trip as quickly as possible to
have a memorable experience at the Jheel.
More on Nakki Lake
History of Nakki Lake
There are various interesting stories attached
to Nakki Lake. According to one of the legends, this lake was constructed by
the Gods so as to resist the attack of the demon, Bsahkali. Another story is
about love and betrayal. A sage named Rasia Balam was in love with the King’s
daughter, however, the King would get his daughter married to a man who could
dig the lake with his nails.
sage took this challenge and dug up the entire lake overnight. Therefore, the
lake was named Nakki which means Nakh or nails. Nonetheless, the king did not
allow his daughter to get married to Rasia Balam and the sage felt betrayed. It
is also believed that the sage and his lover were incarnations of Lord Shiva
Boating at Nakki Lake
A trip to Mount Abu is incomplete without
undertaking the boating ride in the calm waters of Nakki Lake. You will be
enthralled by the scenic beauty around; the lush greenery, mountain, and
wildlife. You can choose from two types of boat rides i.e., Shikharas and pedal
Boats. Each type of boat rides involves different costs ranging from INR 50 to
INR 100 per person.
The boat ride continues for a duration of
thirty minutes and during this period you will get a unique experience that
will be cherished for a lifetime. Moreover, the place is so beautiful that you
cannot resist yourself from capturing a few shots of yourself and your
Nakki Lake Timing and Entry Fee
There no entry fee for the lake and it remains
open on all days from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Best Time to Visit Nakki Lake
The best time to visit Nakki Lake is during
the monsoon and summer months. The temperature during these seasons remains
pleasant and does not exceed 30 degrees Celsius. The beauty of lush greenery
and lake is enhanced with the first showers of rains.
Avoid traveling to the place during summer
months as it can be torturous for those who cannot bear the scorching heat. The
temperature during this time of the year shoots up to 39 degrees Celsius.
Therefore, you should prefer exploring the scenic lake from July to January.
How to Reach Nakki Lake
Nakki Lake is situated on Ganesh Road, near
the main market in Mount Abu. It is easily accessible by cab or an
auto-rickshaw from the main market.