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Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer – Rajasthan Travel Guide

Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer – Rajasthan Travel Guide

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer is a man-made lake edged by historic temples and shrines. Here is my complete guide to visiting Gadisar Lake, including how to get here, what to expect, and some photos to inspire your travels.

Constructed in 1400 AD, Gadisar Lake has long been a significant part of Jaisalmer’s culture and history. It’s a peaceful and scenic place that once served as an integral water source for the people of Jaisalmer.

Today, many people visit Gadisar Lake from all over the world to capture photos of the sandstone temples, shrines, and monuments, or just to unwind in the serenity of a picturesque lake in the oasis of the Thar Desert.

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How to Get to Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer

Gadisar Lake is located just on the outskirts of the Jaisalmer fort, approximately 2 kilometers from the entrance. It's possible to walk to Gadisar Lake from the Jaisalmer fort in just under 30 minutes. Alternatively, a rickshaw from the fort to the Gadisar Lake only costs roughly 70-100 rupees each way.

To get to the lake by foot, you'll need to head south from the fort until you reach the main road (Gadisar Road). From here, just continue down Gadisar Road heading east. Eventually, you'll come to an intersection called "Gadisar Lake Road". There is a sign here and a few restaurants to attract tourists.

  • Google Maps Pin: "Gadisar Lake"

Continue down Gadisar Lake Road and you'll arrive at the lakefront.

Atlernative: Book a Jaisalmer Walking tour which includes Gadisar Lake

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Happy Jaisalmer kids on the walk to Gadisar Lake

What to Expect at Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer

Immediately upon arriving at Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer, you will notice that this is quite the tourist attraction! When I was here, there were many tour groups, photography groups, and even a wedding shoot!

I'd suggest, if you are planning to visit Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer, to come here for sunrise or sunset instead. This way, you'll beat the crowds and you'll get to watch the setting Thar sun reflecting on the calm waters of Gadisar Lake.

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Notable Sites at Gadisar Lake

There are many notable temples and shrines that edge the waterfront. Perhaps the most famous of which is the Tilon Ki Pol, a yellowish sandstone gateway with a unique story.

The legend goes that this 14th-century gateway was constructed by a famous prostitute! Apparently, when proposing the construction of the gateway, the then-ruling Maharawal refused, due to the nature of her work.

However, she ignored his ruling and built it anyway, while also adding a Krishna temple so the king would not destroy it.

Other notable attractions at Gadisar Lake include a Shiva temple, several century-old monuments, and some very scenic pergolas that stretch out into the lake.

Gadisar Lake Boat Trip

Perhaps one of the best things to do at Gadisar Lake is to rent a paddleboat for sunset or sunrise. While I didn't do this as I visited in the stinking heat of midday sun, I could imagine that it would be a great experience.

Gadisar Lake Boat Cost: 100-150 rupees

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Best Jaisalmer Experiences

To save you time and to make sure you get the best bang for your buck, I've offered a quick list of my 3 favorite tours in Jaisalmer below.

You can book these experiences online in advance to ensure they don't sell out.

Overnight camel safari jaisalmer desert

1. Jaisalmer Desert Camel Safari Unique

Experience the Thar desert on this amazing overnight camel ride.

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2. Jaisalmer Fort & City Walking Tour

The top-rated walking tour of the Jaisalmer Fort and city.

Glamping experience in the desert leaving from jaisalmer

3. Desert Overnight Safari Glamping

Stargaze under a luxury glamping tent in the heart of the Thar desert.

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Where to Stay in Jaisalmer

Perhaps one of the best experiences in Jaisalmer is the ability to sleep inside the ancient fort complex! Below I've listed some of the best accommodation options that should satisfy a range of budgets.

  • Where I stayed: Hotel Surja - Comfortable rooms inside the fort with a rooftop terrace and restaurant for under $5 USD? Seriously this place was easily one of the best deals I've ever come across.
  • Best Jaisalmer Hostel: Toffu Safari - Hostelworld rates Toffu Safari as one of the best hostels in Jaisalmer year after year. While I didn't stay here, I visited twice since a friend of mine was staying here at the time. It has a great roof-top terrace, comfortable beds, and a great vibe.
  • Luxury option within the fort: Killa Bhawan - If you've ever wanted a luxury room in an ancient fort, Jaisalmer is probably the place to book one. For what you get, the prices of accommodation are ridiculously affordable. The Killa Bhawan is one of the top-rated luxury accommodation options within the Jaisalmer fort.
  • Glamping Safari Camp: Real Desert Man Safari Camp - Are you a fan of glamping? If you're not really after the full Jaisalmer camel safari experience, then you can book a night in the desert with this glamping camp.

Related: Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan: Travel Guide and Photos From the Sonar Quila

More Things to do In Rajasthan, India

I hope that this quick guide to visiting the Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer has been useful for finding things to do in this beautiful desert city. For more travel guides and trips in Rajasthan, make sure to check out the list of articles below.

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I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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marvin jaisalmer

Thursday 11th of November 2021

gadisar lake in jaisalmer is great place to visit in jaisalmerthe Gadisar Lake was once the only source of water in Jaisalmer.nice article submitted by you.

The Golden Camp

Friday 11th of June 2021

Wonderful Pictures! It describe all things about Jaisalmer, it is very helpful blog, many people come and enjoy there holiday in Jaisalmer. Thanks for sharing with us.

The Golden Camp

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Good article in Jaisalmer.....


Friday 21st of May 2021

I have seen some parts of Jaisalmer but not all together. Gadisar lake we left out in the last trip becasue of time constraint. This itinerary is covering all major and beautiful attractions. Gadisar lake boat looks stunning. Thanks for sharing

Olly Gaspar

Saturday 22nd of May 2021

Thanks Ravi!