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Lakes in Ambala

The city of Ambala has a number of lakes and ponds that are intrinsically linked with the history and development of the district. These lakes, popularly known as ‘talabs’, are slowly getting missed out to the pressure of population. In earlier days, these lakes served the purpose of water needs of Ambala as well as prevented water logging at the time of rainfall.

Lakes in Ambala

Ambala has a few lakes or ponds that are there since the pre partition times. These are:

Rani Ka Talaab in Ambala

Rani Ka Talaab is one of the historic and scenic ponds located in Ambala Cantt near the Army division. The pond, spread in a vast area of 4 acres, was built around 400 years ago. Also the two temples situated near the pond - Devi Mandir and Shiv Mandir - are the center of attraction for a number of tourists.
It is said that Maharaja Ranjit Singh Chhachhrauli dug two different ponds and named one of them as ‘Raja Ka Talaab’ and the other one as ‘Rani Ka Talaab.’ Maharaja Ranjit Singh used it for bathing.  Afterward, Raja Ka Talaab was converted into Company Bagh (park). The park is now known by the name of ‘Patel Park.’ Rani ka Talaab still exists but remains mostly dry except during monsoons.

Navrang Rai Sarovar in Ambala

Spread in a vast area of 4 acres near the Ram Bagh in Ambala, the Navrang Rai Sarovar is one of the popular lakes and tourist attractions in the city. A temple – Thakur Dwara Mandir - is also constructed near the lake as a tribute to the Sikh ruler Gurbaksh Singh. The Sarovar consists of 8 separate bathing areas.

There is also a temple of Lord Vaman near the lake. Every year on the festival of Dussehra, the temple organizes a fair called the Vaman Swadeshi Mela. A huge number of tourists and local residents gather to make a visit to the fair.

Labhu Ka Talab in Ambala

Labhu Ka Talaab is situated near the famous Gurudwara Manji Sahib in the city of Ambala. If local people are to be believed, the lake was built by a person named Labhu and thus, it got its name. It is also said that the horse of Maharaja Ranjit Singh used to drink water from here. A temple of Devi Kali is also built near the lake.

The Department of Tourism of the state of Haryana is continuously channeling efforts to refurbish these lakes and make them major tourist spots of the region. Proposals are being developed for timely cleaning and maintenance of the lakes, better parking area, greenery and decorative lights near the lake. All these would definitely add to the beauty of these lakes in Ambala.

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