Photographer's Note

Built in hostile rugged landscape, surrounded by the deserts, it is indeed surprising to find an ‘oasis’ at the fringes of the city of Jaisalmer. This is the Gadi sagar or Gadisar 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 city’s 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.

Rajasthan, being to the western side of India, witnesses relatively a late sunrise & so when I reached there at around half past 6, the sun was still below the horizon. I took this shot when the sun just scaled the trees in the horizon, bathing the sky in pastel hues. The birds woke up to the morning, flying in, to conglomerate on the dome of the chhatri (the domed structure), while a couple of guys sitting on the pier in the FG created the ripples.

Today is our (Bengali) New Year (Year 1416). We greet each other by saying "Subho Nobo borsho" (Happy New Year). This picture is thus largely symbolic....the Dawn of the New Year.

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