The Desert Festival Jaisalmer from 21 - 23 February
Once a year in winters and on the middle of the continually
rising and falling stark yellow sands of the great Thar Desert,
the empty sands around Jaisalmer come alive with the brilliant colour,
music and laughter of the Desert Festival. The festival is organised
by the tourist authorities as tourist entertainment around January-February.
The very rich and colourful Rajasthani folk culture is on show here
for a few days. Rajasthani men and tall beautiful women dressed
in their brightly costumes dance and sing lingering ballads of valour,
romance and tragedy. Traditional musicians attempt to outdo each
other in their musical superiority.
The high points of the festival are - snake charmers, puppeteers,
acrobats, folk performers do rapid trade. Camels, the lifeline of
the desert, play a foremost role. Proud moustached villagers, dressed
in their ethnic best come astride their picturesquely caparisoned
camels to join in the camel dances and competitions of camel acrobatics,
camel races and décor, camel polo, tug of war and the like.
The tourist dances, turban tying competitions and tug of war are
big draws and laughter. The Mr Desert competitions, which are focused
around the length of moustaches by and large, attract many hopefuls.
Cultural Attractions at Desert Festival Jaisalmer
Folk Music Performances
Folk Dance Performances
Camel Safari Rides
Turban Typing Contest
Longest Moustache Contest
Sale of Ethnic handicrafts, including tie and dyed and embroidered
textiles, stone carving, leather goods and rugs.
How to Reach
Jodhpur 285km is the convenient airport.
A good connection with major cities of the country through
good network of roads joins Jaisalmer with many destination
in and around Rajasthan.