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Gadsisar Lake

Rated as one among the most popular attractions of Jaisalmer, the Gadsisar Lake finds location in the suburbs of the city. The lake was initially meant to be a lake for conserving rain water. There are several small shrines and temples built around the lake. Tourists can spot several water birds and migratory birds in and around the lake especially during the winter season.

The Gadsisar Lake happens to be an artificial lake and finds location in the southern end of the city. The entrance to the lake is through a beautifully carved yellow sandstone archway. The archway is locally known as the 'Tillon ki Pol'. The lake is located away from the hustle bustle of the city life and serves as a serene getaway.

Today the lake is not used for conserving rain water but still retains quite an amount. The lake can be visited at any time of the day but is best when visited during early mornings at the time of sunrise. Tourists can take a boat ride in the lake and enjoy the picturesque view. They can also sit on the banks of the lake and enjoy the magnificent views.


The Gadsisar Lake was originally built on the command of Maharwal Gadsi Singh in the 15th century. He was the Maharaja of Jaisalmer during that time and built the lake for conserving rain water. Gradually the lake became a pilgrimage site and temples and shrines started mushrooming along its shores.

The Tillon gateway was built by the noble courtesan Tillon towards the end of the 19th century. A statue of Lord Vishnu was established at the lake in the early 20th century. A temple was built around the area to prevent its demolition.


Tourists to the Gadsisar Lake can enjoy a boat ride in the lake. Boats can be hired for a period of 30 minutes or more. The banks of the lake are surrounded by yellow sandstone where visitors can sit and appreciate the natural beauty. The lake seems to come to life during the annual festival of Gangaur. The Gadsisar Lake also offers view of the Jaisalmer Fort. The lake is surrounded by several temples, which can be visited during a visit to the lake.

Come winters and the lake is visited by several migratory birds. Bird watchers can have a great time during the winter season. Carrying binoculars and cameras is recommended when visiting the lake. There are several scenes that tourists would love to capture, especially the changing colours of the sky and the awesome reflections in water.

Best Time to Visit

The autumn and winter months are the best time for visiting the Gadsisar Lake. The time from October to March is best recommended for visiting the lake. This is the time when the weather is cool and tourists can spot migratory birds and also water fowl. The lake is open for visitors all around the day buy early mornings are the best time for visiting the lake. There are several attractions within close reach of the Gadsisar Lake. Close to the lake are the Desert Cultural Centre and a museum that houses collections from a school teacher NK Sharma.

How to Reach

The Gadsisar Lake can be accessed from any part of the Jaisalmer easily. Tourists can either opt for auto-rickshaws, taxis or also take local buses to reach the lake.

By Air

Jaisalmer has a small airport about 10 Kms from the city but has limited commercial flight options. The closest airport is at Jodhpur about 300 Kms from Jaisalmer. Jodhpur airport has flights connecting to all the major cities of India such as Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, etc. From Jodhpur tourists can take cabs or buses or trains to reach Jaisalmer.

By Rail

Jaisalmer has a railway station that has trains connecting all main cities of India and Rajasthan. The station caters to both broad gauge and narrow gauge tracks. Direct trains from Delhi and Jodhpur are available for Jaisalmer. The extravagant Palace on Wheels also makes a stop at Jaisalmer.

By Road

The city is connected by well-paved roads. The state government operates regular bus service from all major cities such as Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jaipur to Jaisalmer. Jaipur is at 570 Kms, Jodhpur is at 300 Kms and Bikaner is at 330 Kms from Jaisalmer. New Delhi is about 800 Kms from the city and Ajmer is about 440 Kms away.

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