Originally a rain water conservation lake, the Gadisar Lake (also called Gadsisar Lake) is today a popular tourist attraction of Jaisalmer. The lake was built in the 14th century by Maharawal Gadsi Singh to meet the water requirements of this arid region. Considering its importance for sustenance, many small temples and shrines were constructed around the Gadisar Lake, hence transforming it into a pilgrimage centre in Jaisalmer. The most popular among these temples is the Tillon ki Pol, a Krishna Temple which houses a statue of Lord Vishnu.
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 feed the hungry catfish in the lake. You can also enjoy a boat ride on this green lake.
If you happen to visit the Gadisar Lake in the winter, then you will be surprised and treated to a sight of various migratory birds that come from the nearby Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. 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 inception in 1997. It was established by N.K Sharma, a teacher, historian and author of “The Golden City”, a famous book on Jaisalmer.
The Gadisar Lake is a good place to sit, relax and admire the beauty of nature.
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