Location: Near 'Tillon ki Gate' in Jaisalmer
How to reach: Take an auto rickshaw or rickshaw
Attraction: Lake and birds
Gadsisar Lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Jaisalmer.
Just leave the madding crowd behind and venture towards the outskirts
and you will find yourself next to the famous Gadsisar Lake. Contrary to
the popular belief, it is not an oasis but a water conservation tank
made around 1400 A.D. by the then maharaja of Jaisalmer, Maharwal Gadsi
Singh. Can you believe this structure just outside the city walls once
acted as a reservoir that controlled the entire supply of water to the
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 proximity to Bharatpur, some of the birds
get attracted to this place also. Don't miss to carry a good pair of
binoculars and SLR camera with a wide-angle lens if you want to take
away some really mesmerizing snaps.
You will find whole varieties of temples and shrines surrounding the
lake. 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 then Maharawal.