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.

I did not have to wake up real early to reach there before sunrise :-). Being to the western side of India, the sun rises pretty late & when I reached there at around half past 6, the sun was still below the horizon. The boats were still parked along the ghats. Took this shot when the sun just scaled the boundary wall, bathing the sky in pastel hues. The birds woke up to the morning, conglomerating on the domes of the chhatris, while some more flew in to join them.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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