Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2016


Jaisalmer Desert festival is a three day long colourful extravaganza of dance,  music, handicrafts, performing artists, camel races and some of the best traditions of Rajasthan. It is an annual event organized by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation each year in February in the shimmering deserts around Jaisalmer.

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The main purpose of this festival is to provide the tourists both foreign and Indian , a complete and holistic glimpse of Rajasthani traditions and culture which has always drawn and bewitched them.

Dates and Venue: 20th February – 22nd February 2016 in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

The Uniqueness of The Festival

During the Jaisalmer Desert festival the golden Thar desert comes alive with dazzling colors, vibrant folk dance (Gair & fire Dances) and music shows and sounds of merry making. The people here get dressed in colourful attires and perform puppet shows, acrobatics and fire dances.

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You can also witness competitions like camel polo, camel cart processions and  camel races. Various stunts performed on the back of camels and the splendid camel formation dance are a few rare attractions of this festival. Tug-of-war,  turban tying competition, ‘best moustache’ contest and Maru-Shri (Mr. Desert competition) are held to reflect the culture and heritage of Rajasthani people.

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The festival draws to a close with a gala Air Force display and parachuting stunt.  In the evening there is a mesmerizing Rajasthani  folk music concert under the moon lit night. The Desert festival ends on a full moon night in the Sam dunes with the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort in the backdrop creating a magical ambience.

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The other not to miss attractions of this festival is the delicious local cuisine and the numerous stalls displaying  Rajasthani handicrafts, wooden items, fabrics, paintings, jewelleries and artifacts.

Stay and Food

There are numerous hotels, heritage resorts and luxury hotels in Jaisalmer that offer a comfortable stay. You can also opt to stay in the tents and desert camps in and around the Sam Sand dunes.

Jasialmer along with a rich cultural heritage has a  rich cuisine. Do not miss the murgh-e-subz, ker sangri , Gatte ki subzi, dal bati choorma and the Rajasthani Thali.

Reaching Jaisalmer

The nearest airport is Jodhpur at about 335 kms away. You can  hire a prepaid or a private cab from Jodhpur airport to reach Jaisalmer.  Jaisalmer is well connected with a wide network of trains from many Indian cities. Jaislamer also has a very good road connectivity with where luxury coaches and state owned buses operate regularly.

If you love the colours and vibrancy of the royal Rajasthan you must visit the Jaisalmer Desert Festival  at least once and we can assure you that it wont be the last.