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Desert Festival Jaisalmer

Desert Festival Jaisalmer

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.


Desert Festival Jaisalmer

Shopping lovers can enjoy their shopping at small shops or stalls displaying artifacts, handicrafts and other interesting souvenirs’.  Desert safari and camping options are available for adventure lovers.


This festival ends on Poornima (full moon day).


Dates of Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2019


17th February to 19th February 2019


How to reach Jaisalmer Desert Festival


By Road

Jaisalmer city is well connected with other major cities of India by road. State owned AC luxury buses and coaches, private taxis, cabs and vehicles are available. 


By Rail

Jaisalmer has an excellent train connectivity covering most of the Indian cities like Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur and others.  


By Air

Jodhpur International airport is a nearest airport to reach Jaisalmer by air. It is approx. 337 kilometers away. Private taxis are available from the Airport to reach Jaisalmer.


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