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Gadsisar Lake- A marvelous mélange of lustrous water and picturesque sandstone architecture in Jaisalmer

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Jaisalmer fort

Obtaining gleaming golden touch from its yellow sandstone architecture; the Jaisalmer city of Rajasthan is an aureate fantasy in the Thar Desert. The Sun City brings out the beauty of desert life, where sun shines the brightest, like no other. Known for its miniatures, architecture, bazaars and UNESCO’s world Heritage Site- Jaisalmer is a peaceful place in its solitude, where plains melt into banks of rising sand; trees shrink into shrubs and long thorn- cactus. The dreamy city with its sheer ruggedness always exemplifies sand and desert. But there is this shimmering oasis of water surrounded by marvelous temples and shrines called Gadsisar Lake, which is worth a visit in Jaisalmer!

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Brimming with water and mesmeric avian guests, Gadsisar Lake catches everyone’s fancy for its sheer beauty in the desert land. According to the legends, the Maharaja of Jaisalmer, Raja Jaisal built this lake, which was later revamped by his successor Maharawal Gadsi, who sensed and observed the agony and pain of his people to fetch drinking water from distant places. Hence, he got it redesigned into a rain water conservation lake in the 14th century. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days.

Towards the southern part of Jaisalmer city; the entrance to the Gadsisar Lake is the magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone archway that is called Tilon-Ki-Pol. Meticulously carved Chattris, Temples, Shrines and Ghats surround the Gadsisar Lake. One can enjoy sighting rare migratory birds that visit the Gadsisar Lake every year.

The marvelous mélange of lustrous water and the mellow yellow of the picturesque sandstone banks appear breathtaking in the desert land of Jaisalmer. A boat ride or a stroll through the ghats while watching the changing hues of ochre with the setting sun is a beautiful retreat for the tourists in Jaisalmer.

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Not to be missed, the serene Gadsisar Lake springs to vibrant colours of life during the annual Gangaur Festival when various cultural performances, food stalls and makeshift shops of nick- knack flock the area.

If you happen to be in Jaisalmer for its signature desert safari and want to break away from all the things called desert, dunes and sand, then visit the Gadsisar Lake for its breathtaking beauty in the Sun City of Jaisalmer!

Jaisalmer Fort in danger, may lose its UNESCO World Heritage Title

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It was yesterday when we were going gaga about the heritage grandeur and architectural beauty of Rajasthan and this news popped from Jaisalmer. The only living fort from 12th Century with a UNESCO World Heritage title is in the dilapidated state now. Jaisalmer Fort is losing its glory due to seepage of water tank and lack of maintenance.

 

fort panorama

Rajasthan is one of the most attractive and architecturally rich destinations in the world. It has magnificent forts, monuments and sites that attract people from across the world. The problem is that not all the grand structures are in great shape. Sometimes it’s either due to the ignorance on government’s part or the visitors deface them.

Many tourists visit the cities like Jaisalmer, especially, for their legendary forts and palaces.   Around 3,000 inhabitants, who live inside 853 year old fort, fear that the seepage of sewerage water might turn out to be a disaster resulting in damage to lives and properties. The sewerage line which is affecting maximum houses in the fort due to which the walls of the fort are becoming hollow has become a worry for its residents. According to the residents within the walls of Jaisalmer Fort, they are facing the seepage problem since long time. New sewerage line was laid but water is still leaking. The fort is being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) but from last one month no work has been taken place.

Another fear for Jaisalmer Fort is to lose the UNESCO World Heritage Site title. After the collapse took place, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) visited the site and sent their report to UNESCO.

A special committee of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) led by ASI superintendent P S Raman in his investigation has mentioned that wall collapsed due to weakening of structure due to seepage in the hill. Jaisalmer Fort may soon slip in the danger list and apprehensions are made that UNESCO might disown it. Shikha Jain, director, DRONAH and coordinator of ICOMOS India said, “After the wall collapse incident UNESCO is monitoring it closely. We have sent two reports and this world heritage site may soon slip into the danger list.”

Apart from that, it is also a bad news for tourists visiting Jaisalmer.  A tourist visited who visited the fort lately has mentioned, “The Fort is in very bad shape and the colour of the stone that should be ‘Golden’ has become dull.”

Today we want to remind everyone that our heritage needs to be protected. This is an important eye opener  towards maintaining the beauty of our state and keeping the spirit of Rajasthan alive forever. Archeological Department will be doing its worl, but let us all on our part be aware of the importance of our heritage and try not to harm these treasures by scribbling on their walls, spiting and littering.
“Our heritage is the most precious treasure, preserve it because we will not be able to create it again”

News Source Courtesy- http://www.deccanherald.com/content/606964/12th-century-jaisalmer-fort-might.html

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

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The three day long cultural extravaganza in Jaisalmer is here!

sonar-quila Bhramar Vatsa

Amid the golden yellow sand dunes and moonlit winter night, the vibrant and eventful Desert Festival is organized by the Department of Rajasthan Tourism in Jaisalmer. The biggest annual desert festival witnesses rich and colourful Rajasthani culture in form of dance, musical and cultural performances. Turban clad men and women adorned with colourful, bright and dramatic costumes perform all kinds of Rajasthani dances and sing folk songs.

Cultural-Dance Devang Shah

Cultural Dance Performance at Jaisalmer Desert Festival. Pic via Devang Shah

Devang Shah camel-polo Devang Shah

The musicians playing their traditional instruments can be seen outdoing each other in their musical superiority. The turban tying competition, camel race, camel polo, and longest moustache and Mr. Desert competition further adds to the joy of desert festival. The festival on the last day culminates with parachuting and Air Force display in the sand dunes.

Jaisalmer Deserts

 

So if you wish to get a charge out of the traditional desert life of Rajasthan, then Jaisalmer Desert Festival is just the perfect event for you.  Scheduled from February 01 to 03, 2015 the three days event would render you to witness the ship of the desert in myriad form. Get ready to enjoy music and cultural extravaganza of Rajasthan in shimmering Jaisalmer desert!!

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

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Jaisalmer Desert Festival

If you hanker to explore the many facets of Rajasthan, then a visit to Jaisalmer during Jaisalmer Desert Festival is something you would not want to wish at this time of the year. Colorful desert festival in ‘The Golden City’ Jaisalmer is organized for three days from 12 to 14 February 2014.

One can witness real cultural and heritage at its full bloom during Jaisalmer Desert Festival. From folk artists dancing and songs, this desert festival has everything to allure domestic and international tourists. Jaisalmer Desert Festival is organized by Rajasthan Tourism Department at Sam Sand Dunes located at 40 km from Jaisalmer city.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Events At Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2014

  • Dance & Songs by Folk artists
  • Acrobatics by Local Nomadic Gymnasts
  • Entertaining Puppet Shows
  • Snake Charmers Dance
  • Turban tying competition
  • Longest moustaches competition
  • Mr. Desert contest
  • Camel Race
  • Camel Polo
  • Camel Dance competition
  • Camel Decoration competition

Venue: Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer