The Desert Festival or the Jaisalmer Desert Festival as it is more popularly known, is an annual event organized every year in February at the beautiful desert city with the Golden Fortress of Jaisalmer - Rajasthan, India. This three day Desert festival and cultural extravaganza showcases the rich and colourful heritage of Rajasthan and its folk culture. During the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, the folk artists from around Rajasthan sing and dance eloquently to the triumphs and the tragedies of this land steeped in history, other major attractions at the desert festival include the traditional acrobatics by Local nomadic performers & gymnasts called Kalabaz or Nat’s,JAISALMER FESTIVAL
Snake charmers, entertaining puppet shows and captivating folk music recitals and Ballads by the Bhopa’s, Manganiars & Langhas under the canopy of the twinkling stars & winter desert sky .
Other major attractions at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival are the turban tying competition, longest moustaches competition and Mr. Desert contest . You will never forget marvels like the famous Gair and the Fire dancers . Attend the contests to judge the man with the longest moustache, foreign guests & visitors visiting the desert festival many a time are invited to be judges at these competitions. The moustache competition' is very popular among foreigners, simply because of the awe factor attached to this event. Overseas visitors to the Jaisalmer desert festival can be seen posing for pictures with the winners of the longest moustache competition as this is truly a camera moment worth preserving.
No desert festival can be complete without camels and at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival there are no exceptions. Camels take part in a number of events, including camel races, camel polo , camel decoration, and camel dance. The Jaisalmeri breed of camels are particularly known for their speed & agility.
There is no religious or customary tradition attached to the Desert Festival at Jaisalmer. The Desert festival in Jaisalmer was initiated primarily to attract foreign tourists and overseas visitors who always wanted to explore as many facets of Rajasthan as they could in the least possible time in actual desert environs and ideal weather.
This three-day event Highlights the local elements and heritage . Not only the Jaisalmer fort but the whole Jaisalmer city brims with excitement during the Desert Festival. Everything is exotic and colourful during the Desert festival, amidst the golden sands of the Thar Desert with a final musical performance by folk singers under the starlit sky at the dunes in Sam, just outside Jaisalmer, the Jaisalmer Desert festival comes to its end.
The next Jaisalmer Desert festival is scheduled to be held between 23rd-25th February 2017.
Please contact us to help you plan your visit to Jaisalmer during the Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2017. We can also plan your tour of Rajasthan or other places of interest in India