Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center and princely state in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the "Golden City," it's distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture.Dominating the skyline is Jaisalmer Fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions. Behind its massive walls stand the ornate Maharaja's Palace and intricately carved Jain temples.
Celebrated in : Rajasthan
City : Jaisalmer
Festival Time : February
Duration : 3 Days
Highlights : Songs, Dances, shows and Camel embellishment.
Once a year, the empty sands around Jaisalmer come alive with a mesmerizing performance on the sand dunes in the form of the Desert Festival.
The festival, organised by the Department of Tourism around January-February, goes on for three whole days and lets you enjoy the rich and colorful Rajasthani folk culture.
Rajasthani men and tall, beautiful women dressed in their best and brightest costumes dance and sing ballads of valour, romance and tragedy, while traditional musicians attempt to outdo each other to showcase their musical superiority.
The high points of the festival are puppeteers, acrobats, camel tattoo shows, camel races, camel polo, traditional processions, camel mounted bands, folk dances, etc.
Jaisalmer is the only place where this desert festival is celebrated with great zest and zeal. Rajasthan being a popular tourist destination, the festival adds to its color.
Places To Visit
In order to witness its colorful festivities, one must visit Jaisalmer, the golden sand dunes where the festival takes place every year.
One can reach Jodhpur from any of the major cities by air and from Jodhpur one can go to the venue of the desert festival by taking any of the road transport options that are easily available there. Jodhpur is the nearest big city to Jaisalmer, which is well connected to the venue of the Desert Festival. It is also well connected by train and buses.