This magnificent brainchild of a British national, named Colonel Onsely, is located in the heart of Ranchi. Situated at the base of Ranchi Hill, its mirrored surface flaunting the enchanting image of the plush green hills above, left me mesmerized. After interacting with a few locals, I was informed that they simply address it as “Bada Talab”, which is no wonder since it is spread over a whopping 52 acres. As the exhaustiveness of the hustle & bustle of the city seemed to grow upon me, I decided to visit the much talked about “Talab”. It wasn’t a bad decision at all.
Located adjacent to a BSNL telephone exchange, my first impression of the lake was the incredibly clean and calm water. Gazing at the clear blue sky and relishing upon such a pleasant weather, I couldn’t resist myself from indulging in a quick boat ride. This lake has surely enhanced the overall beauty of the place. Moreover, the sunset view from the banks of this lake was truly breath-taking. As it grows darker, the splendid view of Ranchi Hill steadily disappears leaving you with an urge to know more about this spectacular lake. After indulging into a little chit-chat with the surrounding visitors, I was apprised by a little history that this lake shares. It is basically a man-made water body excavated and constructed at the base of Ranchi hill by the British in the year, 1842.
The exquisite location of this lake makes it an ideal place for families to visit and spend some quality time here in the form of a picnic. The Ranchi lake has various temples & churches all around it. Some noteworthy religious centres include Sri Shyam Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Kali Mandir, Pahari Mandir and St. Mary Cathedral. I did not forget to plan a short trip to Shiva Mandir near the hill as well. Exhausted from strolling along the banks of the lake, I walked towards the hotel with a calmer, more placid mind. This man-made marvel is surely a gem embedded in the heart of Ranchi city.