As far as wildlife is concerned, the Indian peninsula is a continent in itself where the sheer diversity of the wildlife astounds you with more than 350 species of mammals and 1200 avifauna species in the country.
The people want to do only one thing in the cities during the summers – they want to get away from it. They want a cool getaway in India itself where they can have some respite from the scorching heat of the plains.
This lake of Jaisalmer is the only water supply of this isolated town in the middle of the Thar Desert. The Gadsisar Lake is an artificial lake that was built in 1156. In the year 1376 it was rebuilt by the Maharana Garsisingh and was thus named after him.
An interesting legend attached to the Gadsisar Lake states that a courtesan called Tilol wanted the king to build an arched gateway at the entrance to the lake. As this idea was proposed by a courtesan, the king rejected the idea outright as he did not want to be welcomed by an archway that was conceptualized by a prostitute.
However, the artful courtesan bided her time and built a palatial archway when the king was away on some account. To save it from being pulled down by the enraged king, she very cleverly built a small temple in honor of Lord Satyanarayan on top of the magnificent archway. This gateway named 'Tilol ki Pol' after the courtesan still stands in all its glory without much damage to its overall structure.
The attractiveness of the Gadsisar Lake is heightened by the presence of numerous cenotaphs and small temples on the banks of the lake. Another attraction of the lake is the varied number of migratory birds that make their way to this lake.