Gadi Sagar Water Tank, Jaisalmer – Rajasthan, India
Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Western Thar Desert with a population of about 78,000. It may be remote but is still loaded with all the necessary tourist services. Internet, ample hotels and banks.
One of Jaisalmer’s big tourist attractions is the Gadi Sagar Water Tank located south of the the city walls. This man-made reservoir was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer and was once Jaisalmer’s only water supply. Built in 1367, there are many small temples and shrines around the tank. If you are a birder, visit Rajasthan in the winter months to see the wide variety of water birds that flock here. (I can’t imagine visiting Rajasthan in the summer months – winter is the only time to visit unless you adore average temperatures of 45 Celsius/113 Fahrenheit.)
You enter through a magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone archway that is known as the Tilon-Ki-Pol. A story goes along with this entrance that it was supposedly built by a famous prostitute. When the prostitute offered to pay to have this gateway constructed, the Maharaja refused permission since he would have to pass under it going down to the tank and that, he felt, would be unseemly. While he was away, she built the gate anyway and added a Krishna temple on top of it so the king could not tear it down.