Water-sports amidst the Thar Desert? Sounds a bit out of place? But contrary to usual beliefs, tourists planning a Rajasthan tour have unlimited opportunities for water sports. Rajasthan lakes are best known for water sports. An example is the 1982 Asian Games, which saw rowing competitions held at the Ramgarh Lake near Jaipur. Ramgarh Lake is a man-made reservoir around 4 kms in length and 2 kms in width. The tourists in Rajasthan can indulge themselves in water sports throughout the year at the Ramgarh Lake. Facilities for swimming, boating etc. are available in plenty. Boating is a regular feature, conducted by trained Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) staff. A fully equipped tourist village with 10 huts is also situated at Ramgarh Lake.
Siliserh Lake - a short drive for about 10 kms from Alwar leads you to the dreamland. The rolling hills, flaming with bougainvillea and gulmohar, cradle the majestic Siliserh Lake. A beautiful Palace Hotel run by RTDC provides all facilities for water sports.
Travel to Udaipur - the lake city of Rajasthan - for the ultimate water sports adventure in Rajasthan. The ideal place for water sports is Jaisamand Lake situated 50 km in the south of Udaipur. This lake is the second largest artificial lake in Asia .
The Chambal River offers the best venue of water rafting in the Kota region. From Jawahar Sagar to Dholpur, the intricate network of the Chambal River, flowing through rock gorges and forests, provides ideal locations for the perfect water-sports. While traversing the river by boat, one can see the gavia (crocodile) basking in the sun on the riverbanks.
Your Rajasthan vacations also offer you excellent angling sites. Bandh Baretha in Bharatpur, Siliserh and Jaisamand in Alwar, Mansarovar near Sariska, Kukas, Chhaparwara and Ramgarh in Jaipur are an angler's paradise. However, the enthusiasts are advised to carry their own equipment. They have to obtain permission from the Fisheries Department.