Jaisalmer Travel Diaries : Part II - Longewala & Tanot

Ask any 90's kid what is her/his favourite war movie pat comes the reply, "Border". Based on the Battle of Longewala in 1971 Indo-Pak war, It is still one of our favourite movies to watch when us siblings get together. So no doubt, being a true-blood Indian, not to mention the fauji legacies, I HAD to visit Longewala when I was in Jaisalmer. So off we drove into the legendary desert landscape to see the unforgiving land where our brave soldiers made the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Tanot Mata Mandir is located at a distance of about 90 kms away from Jaisalmer city and Longewala is a further 52 kms away. The best way to reach there is by a taxi or to drive down as the locations are very remote, barren and isloated making public transport erratic and exhauting The roads are in extremely good condition, though entirely consisting of desert land, with few odd villages along the way.

The first stop on the circuit is the 'Ghantiyali' Temple, sharing military history similar to Tanot Mata Temple.

A few more kilometres away, is the legendary Tanot Mata Temple which miraculously was untouched by the hundreds of shells that fell all around it during enemy attack.

The war memorial at Longewala:

A destroyed enemy tank:

Words to remember:


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