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Silserh Lake: The Pristine Water Body Near The Sariska Tiger Reserve

On a visit to Sariska National Park in Rajasthan in India, do not miss this sprawling body of water named Silserh Lake. It is a man-made lake located amidst the hills of the Aravali range with a panoramic view. The pristine waters of the lake and the clean surroundings has made it a popular picnic spot for locals and a must-visit for tourists to Sariska.

Siliserh Lake panorama
Photo of ‘Siliserh Lake panorama’ by Ashish Gupta under CC BY 2.0

Enjoy a stay at the Lake Palace

The lake was built at the orders of Maharaja Vinay Singh in the 19th century for the prosperity of Alwar, which is about 40 km away. The lake also has a palace in the middle of it. There is a romantic tale behind the making of the palace, which makes it quite a charming place to visit for honeymooners. The erstwhile king had constructed the palace in memory of his wife.

The royal palace was used as a hunting lodge in the earlier era. It is now converted into a heritage resort. One can stay at the hotel and feel like royal. There is an amazing view of the entire lake from the terrace of the palace. The lake reflects beautiful colors during sunrise and looks serene at night. The secluded location of the lake away from the noises of the city can be a great break for urbanites.

The lake can be explored by boating. Since the Sariska National Park is just nearby, there is a presence of a lot of bird species at the lake.  One can either sit at the banks of the lake or go around boating and see many colorful birds and hear the sweet sounds of nature. The lake also has crocodiles in it and many a time they are found on the shores.

How to reach Silserh Lake?

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Since Silserh Lake is near the Sariska Tiger Reserve, a trip there can be combined with a visit to the tiger’s abode. The nearest city to Silserh Lake is Alwar, which is well connected by road and railways. One can drive to the Silserh Lake from Delhi or Jaipur or choose to fly to the nearest Jaipur Airport. The lake can be visited at any time of the year, but it is best to go during the winter and autumn months from October to March.

Featured Photo of ‘Siliserh Lake’ by Ashish Gupta under CC BY 2.0

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