Rising out of a vast, barren desert, Jaisalmer—the “Golden City”—is sheer magic. Dominated by its huge honey-colored fort – Sonar Quila (Golden Fort), this remote desert outpost, once on the strategic trading route between central Asia and India, is today a veritable magnet for tourists. Jaisalmer is probably the only city in the Great Indian Desert that brings out to the world the beauty of the desert life like no other.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival is just the right event if you wish to enliven the traditional desert life of Rajasthan. You can witness the real culture and heritage at its full height during Jaisalmer Desert Festival. The sands around Jaisalmer come alive with the brilliant colors, music and laughter of the Desert Festival, which is held for three days every year (this year it was 01 – 03 February, 2015). Dressed in brilliantly hued costumes, the folk artists from various parts of Rajasthan dance and sing haunting ballads of valor, romance and tragedy. Organized by Rajasthan Tourism Department at Sam Sand Dunes located at 40 km from Jaisalmer city, Jaisalmer Desert Festival has everything to allure domestic and international tourists.
Events at Jaisalmer Desert Festival:
- Dance & Songs by Folk artists
- Acrobatics by Local Nomadic Gymnasts
- Entertaining Puppet Shows
- Snake Charmers Dance
- Camel Race
- Camel Polo
- Camel Dance competition
- Camel Decoration competition
- Turban tying competition
- Longest moustaches competition
- Mr. Desert contest
- Tug of war – Indians Vs Foreigners (both men and women) etc.
The festival closes with an enchanting sound and light show amidst the sand dunes on a moonlit night.
Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer
Dates of Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Look for this section for dates in 2016
Come and be part of the 3-day full-throated extravaganza on the Golden sands of Jaisalmer!!0