Photographer's Note

Jaisalmer in Rajasthan lies in the heart of Thar Desert. Popularly described as the Golden City of India, the desert city of Jaisalmer is famous for thrilling sand dunes and exciting camel safaris. Ive already given a flavour of these sand dunes in my last post.

The bravura city of Jaisalmer is named after founder Rawal Jaisal. Set up on what were the crossroads of money-spinning trade routes, this remote and exotic settlement began to be celebrated for the aesthetic sense represented by the palaces, havelis of Jaisalmer and the valor of its rulers.

Built in hostile rugged landscape, surrounded by the deserts, it is indeed surprising to find an oasis at the fringes of the city. This is the Gadi sagar or Gadsisar Lake, a rainwater fed reservoir, about 1km south of the city walls, which was built in 1156 AD and rebuilt in 1367AD by Maharwal Garsisingh. Until 1965, it remained the citys only water supply. Artistically carved Chattris, Temples, Shrines and Ghats surround the banks of Gadi Sagar Lake. The lake is now a tourist spot, where tourists & locals enjoy boating with paddleboats on the lake waters.

I reached there before sunrise & the boats were still parked along the Ghats. On the pier, sat a local man, creating ripples with his feet, literally.

Postscript
I wanted to share with my friends in Trekearth about a small personal achievement. Two of my pictures of Lepakshi, this one & this have been published in the April issue of Windows & Aisles, the inflight magazine of Paramount Airways, one of Indias leading domestic airlines. The pictures form a part of an article about Lepakshi, written by a friend who regularly contributes articles to this magazine. The Magazine had requested for 4 photographs from me, after short-listing them from my travelogue in this site, & finally printed two of them.

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