The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is an annual affair which takes place in the month of February in the beautiful city Jaisalmer. It is also known as Marwar Festival. The festival showcases a colourful extravaganza of the art, music and culture of Rajasthan. There are number of festivals celebrated in Jaisalmer but the most famous festival is Desert festival. It is celebrated in the sand dunes of Thar Desert which is approx 42 km from Jaisalmer. During three days of festival this lonely place comes to life and brings colors, enthusiasm and happiness. It also give a message of revitalization of local arts and folk music together.
Highlights of Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Desert festival begins with a formal procession known as Shobha Yatra. Local Rajputs and other kin dress up in their traditional attire. Groups of local Kalabaz (Nomads) perform their gymnastic acts, Gair and the fire dance. One can witness the traditional sports games such as camel polo, camel races, and tug of war. Apart from these, other interesting competitions are turban tying and competition for longest moustaches. Both the turban and the moustaches have been centuries old symbols of pride for the people of Rajasthan. Apart from these sports one can also enjoy Maru shree (Mr. Desert) competition. Enjoy amazing performances of folk music by the people of Bhopa’s Langhas and Manganiars communities.
Lots of efforts go into dressing the camels who are going to participate in the competitions for the best decorated camel. Camel owners compete with each other for winning the competitions. Rajasthani Folk Concert is a main highlight of this festival followed by Air Force display, parachuting and cricket match. Experience the fusion of folklore, culture, dance, music, and traditional competitions and many other things. This festival attracts the local people, domestic and International travelers.