The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is an unbelievable melange of Rajasthani cultures and traditions. This is one annual event that lures people from all parts of the world in the Hindu month of Magh (February). The festival lasts for three days and gives you a view of the splendid cultures of Rajasthan with the backdrop of Sam dunes.
As the festivities of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival begin, the shimmering desert comes alive with vivid colours, fun and unmatched enthusiasm. The festival starts early in the morning where a procession begins from the Jaisalmer Fort and ends at the Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium. The procession is joined by hundreds of locals wearing beautiful attires. They sing local songs and dance on Rajasthani beats to make the procession fun. You can also spot Kalabaz or the Nat’s who are known for their gymnastic skills.
The main events of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival include exciting and unique competitions, including camel polo, camel races, stunts on camel back, etc. The Border Security Force Camel Tattoo remains an exciting one here which is loved by all spectators. The longest moustache competition also adds great fun to the event where local men can be seen flaunting their unbelievably long moustaches. The festival ends with an exciting Rajasthani folk concert and parachuting. Do not miss a chance to partake in camel safari to enjoy the wonders of Rajasthan from a whole new perspective.
And not to forget the delicious food serving at the stalls set up in the festival which can surely make you fall for gluttony. Shopping lovers can bag artefacts, handicrafts and other Rajasthani souvenirs from here.
The historic city of Jaisalmer brings to you numerous wonders of the bygone era. Jaisalmer Fort remains the most priceless jewel of the city which is counted among the largest forts in the world. The golden and yellow hues of the fort glisten when the rays of sun fall on it and it looks majestic standing amidst never ending desert sands. Bada Bagh is also loved for its stunning location. It served as a memorial where numerous kings of the past were buried. Architecture lovers must also add Patwon-Ki-Haveli to their itinerary. This larger than life five-storied haveli features grand corridors and decorated walls. Here you can explore the rich heritage of the past and appreciate the works of craftsmen of the bygone era. No traveller visiting Jaisalmer ever misses the Sam Sand Dunes, an ideal desert safari location. Watch the crimson sun setting into the golden desert sand, enjoy local dance performances, eat mouth-watering food and relish views of camel races. Gadisar Lake, Thar Heritage Museum, Nathmal Ki Haveli and Jain temples are other must visit places in Jaisalmer.
By Air: Jodhpur Airport is the nearest international airport to the city of Jaisalmer.
By Rail: Jaisalmer enjoys good rail connectivity with other Indian cities. ?By Road: Jaisalmer has excellent road connectivity with numerous private and state owned buses available.