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Information about Gadisar Lake

Gadisar Lake is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, North India.Its charm lies in the fact that it was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days. The Gadisar Lake is a good place to sit, relax and admire the beauty of nature.
nearby placesThe Gadisar Lake is located on one of Jaisalmer's main roads.

A manmade basin, the Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer. In the later years Maharaja Garisisar Singh rebuilt and restore the lake.

Gadisar Lake tours transports you into a different world altogether. You feel captured in a pleasurable time warp.

Artistically carved Chattris, Temples, Shrines and Ghats enclose the banks of Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer. Situated towards the south of Jaisalmer city the entrance to the Gadisar Lake or Garsisar Tank is through a wonderful and attractively carved yellow sandstone archway that is known as the Tilon-Ki-Pol.

Rare migratory birds stop for a drink at the lustrous Gadisar Lake that reveals the richness of the charming sandstone banks; enjoy a boat ride on the lake or just sit on any of the Ghats and see the yellow sandstone banks change shades of ochre with the setting sun, a wonderful view that you would not miss for the world.

The peaceful Gadisar Lake Lake springs to life during the annual Gangaur celebrations. The view of the Jaisalmer Fort from the Gadisar Lake is breathtaking.

Attractions of Gadisar Lake

Major attractions of Gadisar Lake are Lake and birds.It is not an oasis but a water conservation tank made around 1400 A.D. by the maharaja of Jaisalmer, Maharwal Gadsi Singh. Outside the city walls this structure acts as a reservoir that controlled the entire supply of water to the arid city!

This place was selected because it had a certain amount of declivity already and it automatically retained some of the rainwater. If you are lucky and venture out in winters, you might get to see a variety of migratory birds. Due to its closeness to Bharatpur, some of the birds get attracted to this place also.

Gadisar Lake is surrounded by Wide Varities of temples and shrines.In later years it became more of a pilgrimage spot. The beautiful gateway that arches across the road down to the Lake was built by royal courtesan named Tillon in the end of 19th century, known as Tillon Ki prol (Gate of Tillon). Lord Vishnu's statue was installed in the year 1908 A.D. or the gate by the courtesan & declared Krishna Temple to save it from demolition by the Maharawal.

Presently the lake is no longer used for the purpose it was built for, but still retains a lot of rain water. The Gadisar Lake can be visited any time of the day, though it is best to go early in the morning and watch the sun rise. The local people at Gadisar sell bread to nourish the hungry catfish in the lake.

There is also a Desert Culture Centre, a museum located near the lake which preserves the culture, heritage, history, traditional art and music of the region, since its foundation in 1997. It was founded by N.K Sharma, a teacher, historian and author of “The Golden City”, a well-known book on Jaisalmer.

Location of Gadisar Lake

Gadisar Lake is situated near 'Tillon ki Gate' in Jaisalmer.

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