Desert Festival in Jaisalmer
India is truly a fascinating country with numerous exuberant celebrations throughout the year. Each and Every state has its own distinct ways of celebrating life, colour and everything that transcends our hackneyed life to sheer enthusiasm. Rajasthan is such a beautiful state which has got the most colourful, most vibrant and fun filled celebrations but as well as this state knows how to make merry even with the harsh environment. Jaisalmer, the ‘Golden City’ of Rajasthan is situated in the heart of the Thar Desert.
And for its geographical location, Jaisalmer faces an extreme climate throughout the year. The sea of sand hills often makes the life of the people of Jaisalmer a little rough but that does not makes any hindrance when it comes to celebration the true colour of life. Every year Jaisalmer observes one of the most vibrant festivals of the state- the Desert Festival. This festival is the Mecca for everyone who loves cultural events, devours great foods, enjoys folk - cultures and savours the beautiful city of Jaisalmer.
The desert Festival of Jaisalmer is held in February every year. It is a three-day festival mostly starts on the last day of January organized by the Rajasthan Tourism. This festival actually reflects the soul of the people of Jaisalmer. The unforgettable opportunity to explore the culture of Jaisalmer pulls the crowd from all over the globe to the desert festival. During this festival the sandstone city gets revamped with numerous amusing and mirthful activities like Camel Race, Fancily and traditionally dressed local people, Polo matches, Turban-tying contests and even the longest mustache competition to be specific. Besides these, various cultural programmes are held at the fest.
Musical concerts, play performances, cookery shows, puppet shows, fashion parades, snake dancing, folk music or dance performances truly enliven the desert city during the festival. The festival starts off with a morning procession which showcases the magnificent features of life in desert. The procession goes from the Sonar Fort to the Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium. The fun and frolicking starts just after the inauguration. The second day is mainly dedicated to the desert-ships, Camels.
The caravan of camels race and do some amusing activities at the Dedansar Stadium. Some wonderful acrobatics, camel decoration-works, camel mounted band and camel tattoo by the Border Security Forces take place at the Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium. The third and the concluding day of the festival comprises of rows of cultural programmes including a ball of Rajasthani folk show held under the open sky in the famous Sam sand dunes.
The illustrious Gair and Fair dance performances by the local artists would leave the audience in awe. Another interesting part of the festival is the competition for Mr. Desert in which the most apt personality from the contestants wins the title. The last but not the least part of the desert festival is a grand trip to the Sam dunes on camel-back. The trip goes on with the background of most fascinating Rajasthani folk tunes performed by the local players and bon-fire here and there under the full moon. The picturesque ambience makes the ending a treasured experience.
Rajasthan tourism makes every possible effort to formulate the Desert Festival the most amusing for the tourists. It launches a Tourist Help Centre to guide and help out the both the national and international tourists. Besides, the town becomes well-equipped with comfortable lodging, fine eateries, ATMs, medicinal, and all other facilities during the festival. The administration arranges shops for the tourists to pick up the souvenirs of Jaisalmer and the rest of the state of Rajasthan.