One of the major tourist places in Jaisalmer is the Gadsisar Lake. Simply leaving behind the madding crowd behind and venturing towards the outskirts will take you to the famous Gadsisar Lake. The lake was built by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer and was rebuilt and revamped in around 1400 A.D. by the then maharaja of Jaisalmer, Maharwal Gadsi Singh.
The popular belief is that it is an oasis among the vast desert area of Jaisalmer. However, it it an water conservation tank which once acted as a reservoir that controlled the entire supply of water to the arid city!
One of the charming fact about the lake is that it was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the golden days and the reason that this place was chosen was because it had a certain amount of declivity already and it automatically retained some of the rainwater.
This historic lake is located towards the south of Jaisalmer city and the magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone gateway that arches across the road down to the Lake is known as Tillon ki Gate or Tillon ki Pol, which was built by royal courtesan named Tillon in the end of 19th century.
There is wide varieties of temples and shrines surrounding the lake, so much that in the later years it started to be considered as a pilgrimage spot. A statue of Lord Vishnu was installed on Gate of Tillon in 1908 AD and was declared as Krishna Temple to save it from demolition by the then Maharawal.
This bank of this beautiful lake is adorned with artistically carved Chattris, Temples, Shrines, and Ghats. Due to its proximity to Bharatpur, if you venture out in winters, you might get to see a variety of migratory birds (If you are lucky) on the bank of the lake, which adds to its beauty.
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. This is the most popular point to take photographs of Jaisalmer fort early in the morning when the fort looks golden with the first rays of the Sun and also a bird viewing site and a major attraction of Jaisalmer city.
The Most Famous Tourist Destination in Jaisalmer
Location: Just 2 km away from Jaisalmer railway station
Near 'Tillon ki Gate'
How to reach: Take an auto rickshaw or rickshaw
Entry Fee: Free
Attraction: Lake, Birds, and Boating
Boat Rides: Row boat- Rs 10/-, Paddle Boat- Rs 50/-, Shikara- Rs 100 for 30 mins
Boating Time: 8am to 8 pm