Balsamand Lake is the most popular picnic spot around Jodhpur. It is an artificial lake, built in 1159 AD as a water reservoir to provide water to the city. The lake is situated in the Jodhpur-Mandore Road, around seven kilometres from the centre of Jodhpur city.
The lake has a length of almost one kilometre, breadth of approximately 50 metres and a depth of 15 meters. Adjacent to the lake stands one of the several imposing palaces in the region, Balsamand Lake Palace. The lake is surrounded by 300 acres of lush green gardens that house groves of trees like mango, pomegranate, guava and plum and several animals and birds like jackal and peacock.
Balsammand Lake is an artificial lake built in the 1159 AD. Encircling hills and lush green gardens add to the scenic beauty of the lake. On the banks of the lake stands the Balsammand Palace. Maharaja Sur Singh of Jodhpur built this eight-pillared palace as a summer retreat. The beautifully carved palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel.