Ghora Katora Lake, Rajgir Overview

Lying off-road in Rajgir, the Ghora Katora Lake happens to be a picturesque natural lake. Surrounded by majestic hills and lush greens on three sides, this lake is known popularly for its unspoilt natural beauty. The term ‘Ghora Katora’ translates to ‘Horse Bowl’ in english language.

The lake is named so because of its unique shape that resembles a horse’s face. As legend has it, Ghora Katora Lake is situated at the exact site where Jarasandha from Mahabharata once had his stable.

Known as one of Rajgir’s cleanest sightseeing destinations, this lake flaunts azure blue water and immaculate surroundings that make it suitable for picnickers. Visitors can also enjoy a serene boat ride on the shimmering water of this lake and soak in the mesmerizing sunset views. During winters, visitors can also spend time spotting a myriad of exotic migratory birds that flock to this lake from central Asia and Siberia.

The sound of the water and the soft breeze at Ghora Katora Lake will surely offer a calming aura to every tourist visiting this place. Tourists can reach this lake by bicycles, tongas, or horse carts.

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Ghora Katora Lake is located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away from Rajgir. The lake is connected to Rajgir by a 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) long forested road. Motor vehicles are not allowed near the lake.

Encompassed by lofty mountains, Ghora Katora Lake has a shape that resembles the face of a horse. As legend has it, horses of the early kings of Rajgir once walked up to this lake to drink water. Then chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar visited Ghora Katora Lake for the first time in 2009 in order to popularize this place for eco-tourism. This lake opened for the public on 29th January 2011.

Ghora Katora Lake offers excellent paddle boating opportunities. There are guest rooms and a cafeteria near this lake. There is also a gigantic 70 feet tall statue of Lord Buddha in pink sandstone, lying on the shores of the lake.

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