|Tanot Mata Temple|
Tannot Mata is a temple in western State of Rajasthan in District Jaisalmer of India. The village is close to the border with Pakistan, and is very close to the battle site of Longewala of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Tourists cannot go beyond this temple to see the Indo–Pak Border unless one gets the relevant documentation in advance from the District and Military Authorities. It is now a tourist destination in India. The area is said to have oil and gas reserves.
It is said that during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Pakistani Army dropped several bombs targeting the temple but none of the bombs could fall on the temple and large number of the bombs in the vicinity of the temple did not explode. After the war the temple management was handed over to Border Security Force of India. On date Border Security Force Jawans man the temple. The temple has a museum which has collections of the unexploded bombs dropped by Pakistan. As per Indian Census, The Population of Tanot Village is 492 Persons having 49 Household. The place is close to the Pakistan border, an infertile land, and is prone to enemy attacks. The governments of both countries have planted land mines in the area. Animals like camel or cattle are the worst sufferer of these devices.
The temple is approx 150 kilometres (93 mi) from the City of Jaisalmer, and it takes approximately two hours to reach by road. The area has a high average windspeed and as such there are now a large number of wind-based renewable energy projects in the area. The road to Tannot is surrounded with miles and miles of sand dunes and sand mountains. The temperatures in the area can go up to 49°C and ideal time to visit the place is from November to January.
The place is one of the best place to explore in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. This temple was shown in the movie Border. The best time to visit is November - January. Taxi can be hired from Jaisalmer with a rent not more than Rs. 2000. There is no mobile network coverage after the village of Ramgarh on the route to Tanot except for BSNL. Public telephone booths are also not available.
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