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Desert Festival Jaisalmer

Desert Festival, JaisalmerJaisalmer is a gilded fantasy juxtaposed in a formidable desert. To say the least, it is a shimmer of sand amidst the sun soaked sky.

Jaisalmer Fort is the stellar attraction standing on a hill to the south overlooking the town. The base of the fort is circled by a wall of solid stone blocks over which the Trikuta hill projects, and supports the ramparts forming a double line of defence. The bastions are in the form of half tours surrounded by high turrets and joined by thick walls. Within the fort are the carved palaces, havelies and balconies.Call Us At 9509025926

Every year Jaisalmer comes alive with the Desert Festival, which is held in the month of February. The festival is held on the enchanting background of the majestic Jaisalmer fort. The festival itself is a riot of colors with the desert folks dancing and singing evocatively of the triumphs and tragedies of the land. From scary snake charmers to traditional gymnasts and amusing puppet shows to enchanting folk music recitals, it is all there at the Jaisalmer desert festival. This mega event is conducted in association with Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation.

With just a couple of days remaining for the festivities to take off, one can see hordes of garishly colored camel cavalcades proceeding towards the brilliant desert city of Jaisalmer.Call Us At 9509025926

As the D-days dawns, the whole of Jaisalmer reverberates with enchanting Rajasthani folk music. It's not just the fort area where the main event is held, but if one were to take a walk along the narrow alleyways of this enchanting city, one will come across musicians performing their art even inside abandoned havelies. Such is the passion and excitement. In fact the beating of the drums can be heard from all corners of Jaisalmer.

A bewildering array of folk music recitals are performed at the festival premises and the show continues till late into the night. The Desert Festival is a very prestigious event especially for musicians. While the renowned musicians come up with newer and more amazing performances, for the new faces, the festival is a god given opportunity to display their talent in front of a distinguished gathering.Call Us At 9509025926

Apart from music which of course is the piece de resistance of the festival, a plethora of fascinating contests are also held in the sidelines. For instance turban tying, moustache making as well as the popular camel races all add to the fun quotient of the festival. As far as the camel races are concerned, it's a matter of pride and honor and needless to say, there is intense competition among the participants.

History of Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Not many people are aware about the history or legend of the desert festival in Jaisalmer.As legends goes Lord Krishna ruler of Yadav community told Arjuna (one of the Pandavas) that a successor belonging from the Yadav community will set up his kingdom on the Trikuta Hill.Call Us At 9509025926

In the year 1196, the prediction made by the Lord Krishna came true when Rawal Jaiswal a descendant of the Yadav clan, established his kingdom in Jaisalmer.Celebrations were organized throughout the kingdom when the people came to know that the prophecy has come true The celebrations soon developed into a festival that is now organized every year The government started marketing the vibrant festival as international drawing visitor to the Desert City.

Celebration of Desert Festival in Jaisalmer

The celebrations of this festival make the desert come alive with color, enthusiasm and happiness. The festival commences with a procession in the morning from the Jaisalmer Fort to the Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium.

The locals dress in traditional and bright costumes. They sing and dance depicting the tragedies and accomplishments of the desert. The Gair and the fire dance are highlights of the festival.The Kalabaz or the Nat’s are a group of local nomads who are popular for their gymnastic acts. The Bhopa’s Langhas and Manganiars create an enchanting environment with their poignant folk music recitals and ballads.Call Us At 9509025926

Be a spectator of rare competitions like camel polo. Cheer for camel races. Gymnastic stunts on camel back and camel formation dancing are the crowning jewels of the festival. These competitions are followed by the Border Security Force Camel Tattoo. Tug-of-war, turban tying, Maru-Shri (Mr. Desert competition) and the longest moustache competition are others allures.

The grand finale of the festival is the Rajasthani folk concert following an Air Force display, cricket match and parachuting. This festival end on Poornima (full moon day) in the Sam dunes with the “Sonar Qila” Jaisalmer Fort in the background creating a fairy-tale ambiance.Call Us At 9509025926

How to Reach

By Air
Airport is the nearest international airport to reach Jaisalmer. The airport is 337 kilometers away. You can either hire a prepaid or a private taxi from the Airport to reach Jaisalmer.

By Rail
is well connected with a wide network of trains covering most of the Indian cities. The railway station is located in the centre of the desert city. Once you reach the railhead, there are many auto-rickshaws and private taxis connecting the city.

By Road
has excellent road connectivity. It is easy to commute to the city. Normal state owned buses, luxury coaches, sleeper AC buses, cabs, taxis and private vehicles can reach the city.

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