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Jaisalmer Desert Festival

(Last Updated 05 Aug, 2021)

  • Dates :

    25/02/2021 - 27/02/2021

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The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is an annual event that take place in February month in the beautiful city Jaisalmer. It is held in the Hindu month of Magh (February), three days prior to the full moon. The festival is celebrated amidst the beautiful dunes of the Thar Desert in the Sam dunes (42 kilometers from Jaisalmer). Romantic, remote and unspoiled, the location comes to life during the three day extravaganza of the delights of the desert.

History of Desert Festival Jaisalmer

Not many people are aware of the history or legend of the desert festival in Jaisalmer. As legends go; Lord Krishna, ruler of Yadav community told Arjuna (one of the Pandavas) that a successor belonging from the Yadav community will set up his kingdom on the Trikuta Hill. In the year 1196, the prediction made by Lord Krishna came true, when Rawal Jaiswal, a descendant of the Yadav clan, established his kingdom in Jaisalmer. Celebrations were organized throughout the kingdom, when the people came to know that the prophecy has come true. The celebrations soon developed into a festival that is now organized every year. The government started marketing the vibrant festival as an international drawing visitor to the Jaisalmer Desert City.

Significance of The Desert Festival Jaisalmer 2021

Jaisalmer Desert Festival is an expressive way to celebrate or indulge in the glorious expressive heritage of Rajasthan. Guests in the festival will have appropriate moments to rejoice in the celebration with their loved ones. All the guests in Jaisalmer Desert Festival will be witnessing the traditional roots of Rajasthan in different forms, from local folk fare to other festive celebrations.

Talking about the significance of the Desert Festival Jaisalmer, its main objective is to showcase to the worldwide spectators the cultural side of royal Rajasthan in the best possible way! It is all about spraying its colors, playing the local folks and dances, and whirring its heels from the hub of Thar Desert. In the folk fusion of Jaisalmer, tourists alike - whether domestic or international will be taking a deep plunge into Rajasthan’s traditional colors like never before.

When and Where it is Celebrated?

Desert Festival Jaisalmer is celebrated in February every year on sand city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

Duration of the festival

The festival goes on for 2 consecutive days.

Highlights of Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021

Many interesting things await at the Desert Festival Jaisalmer 2021. The District Collector of Jaisalmer, with the city’s officials, discussed the festival to promote it innovatively! As per the officials' reports, the major highlight of the Desert Festival Jaisalmer 2021 is that several Bollywood singers will be gracing the festival spirit in 2021. The Senior Official of the Indian Air Force has also been sent the invitation for air warrior drills.

Guests would be unlocking the cultural extravaganza as the Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021 will be the carpet of many local experiences of Rajasthan, from turban tying competition to Ghoomar dance to mustache competition to a camel polo match and etc. And yes, the massive celebration got you covered with camel and jeep safaris as well.

Here is detailed information about what you can do at Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021. Scroll ahead to read up!

Deck of Cultural Extravaganza

Watch elaborate vibrant puppet shows, indulge in camel polo matches, witness juggling events, get mesmerized by the turban tying and longest mustache competition. The locals and artists in the Jaisalmer Desert Festival would be seen in colorful traditional attires. The celebration would be the chance to enjoy the folk, culture, and traditions of Rajasthan all together under one roof. Plus, several stalls would be there selling handicrafts and local knick-knacks, including drool-worthy Rajasthani food. What is your excuse for not attending the Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021?

Highlighted Local Dance of the Festival: Gir Dance and Folk Fire Dances

Dune Bashing

The roller coaster ride with shimmering sands all around you awaits you! Rafting through the pits and falls on the sands is another highlight of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021. This activity will allow you to ride 4X4 vehicles on the sand dunes. You can have the vehicle access to enjoy off-roading on the sand dunes under the expert’s supervision. Once you bash the dunes with full girth and endurance, you will forget to travel to the Gulf countries for the same experience. Remember that maintaining the balance on the sand dunes on a vehicle is the key to listen to your instructor before you enjoy the thrill. Apart from dune bashing, go for quad biking in the Thar Desert, try parasailing to run adrenaline in your veins.

Desert Safari

The vast acres of golden sandy Thar Desert will take your breath away! Make all your 3 days count at Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021, and don't miss the dazzling Desert Safari on a camel. The vast golden dunes are dotted with luxury desert camps, so if you think you will be short of options, it is not going to happen. The festival is held every year, keeping the standard and facilities as stress-free as possible for the guests.

Shopping Hopping

Don’t commit the sin of returning home back empty-handed. Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021 beacons the shopaholic souls to shop for unique home decor items, artifacts. The Rajasthan Tourism Department provides the platform for the local artisans to showcase and sell the handicrafts, and the other souvenirs of Rajasthan in the festival, from puppets to souvenirs made from yellow sandstone. Ready for hearty retail therapy?

Popular Markets to Explore in Jaisalmer:

Pansari Bazaar, Bhatia Bazar, Manak Chowk.

Money Exchangers

Even in the vast golden stretch of sands, guests won’t have to rub their back to locate money exchangers. Rajasthan Tourism Department has made ample arrangements for the tourists attending the Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021 by providing money exchangers stalls too! And guess what? The major stalls in the festival will be accepting the payments through all means, from bank transfer to UPI Wallets to provide the shoppers the legit experience.

Where to Stay in Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021

The golden dunes of the spectacular Sam Dunes are the celebration playground of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021. A wide array of accommodation options will be available, equipped with basic and luxurious amenities. There would include the accommodation categories, including well-appointed luxury tents, en-suite restrooms, and even 24*7 hot water. What else can you extra? Reserve your staycation from the following camps in Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021:

  • Prince Desert Camp
  • Le Royal Camp
  • Jaisalmer Desert Camp
  • Sam Sand Dunes Desert Safari Camp
  • Vinayak Desert Camp

Note: Staying in the main town of Jaisalmer in oh-so-amazing luxury resorts can provide leisure travelers the utmost comfort they have been looking for! Pick your one from; Nachna Haveli, Jaisalmer Marriott Resort and Spa, etc.

Other Places to Explore Near Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021

Jaisalmer Fort

Explore the “Sonar Qila” or “Golden Fort” on your Jaisalmer tour. Jaisalmer Fort is a famous architectural marvel not only in Jaisalmer but also in the entire Rajasthan and India. Tour the several astounding monuments inside the fort, from Raj Mahal, Laxminath Shrine to Merchant Havelis and the ornate Jain temples. The fort remains open from 9 AM - 5 PM, and Indian nationals need to pay 50 INR (approx). While the foreigners have to shed down 250 INR (approx.) for the entry.

Gadisar Lake

The history of this shimmering lake in Jaisalmer dates back to 1400 AD during Maharawal Gadsi Singh's rule. It is made as a conservation reservoir for rainwater harvesting during the erstwhile era and was once the prime source of water for the entire city. But now it offers peace and tranquility as you can paddleboat and rowboat the waters along with spotting the migratory birds. You can visit Gadisar Lake between 7 AM - 7 PM (approx.) and for boating, be prepared to pay 100 INR (approx.).

Patwon Ki Haveli

As the name suggests, it is a haveli, formed by the cluster of 5 different Havelis within one single premise. Patwon Ki Haveli is one of the photogenic spots in Jaisalmer, which you should definitely explore. Get mesmerized by the intricate architecture work, various old items used by kings and family. You can click as many as the pictures inside the Haveli at an additional cost (camera charges). Foreigners must pay 100 INR (approx.) as an entrance fee, while the Indians need to pay 20 INR (approx.).

Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM; Everyday

Kuldhara Village

How about getting some spooky feel in your spine? If that sounds like what adventure means to you, visit Kuldhara Village. It is an abandoned village that shows no signs of human life some 300 years (approx.) ago! Kuldhara Village is a clan of many villages and was once the inhabited land of Paliwal Brahmins. You must learn the history of Kuldhara Village on a guided tour to know why the hundred of the family vanish overnight. Make sure you visit before sunrise because even Archeologists recommend the same.

How to Reach Jaisalmer for Desert Festival Jaisalmer

Here are complete details about How to Reach in Jaisalmer

By Air

Jodhpur Airport is the nearest international airport to reach Jaisalmer. The airport is 337 kilometers away. You can either hire a prepaid or a private taxi from the Airport to reach Jaisalmer.

By Rail

Jaisalmer is well connected with a wide network of trains covering most of the Indian cities. The railway station is located in the centre of the desert city. Once you reach the railhead, there are many auto-rickshaws and private taxis connecting the city.

By Road

Jaisalmer has excellent road connectivity. It is easy to commute to the city. Normal state owned buses, luxury coaches, sleeper AC buses, cabs, taxis and private vehicles can reach the city. If you are planning to visit sam dunes to attend Jaisalmer Desert Festival, you may like to explore our collection of hotels in Jaisalmer for availability of accommodation at your desired location. Tent house and deserts camps are also available. If you also want to explore more of Rajasthan and its royal destinations, you may want to browse through our collection of Jaisalmer tour packages that include short trip to this 'Golden City' as well as longer tour packages that include visit to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Pushkar and other major cities.

FAQs on Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021

Q: What are the dates of Desert Festival in Jaisalmer in 2021?

Ans: Jaisalmer Desert Festival is being celebrated from 25th February to 27th February in 2021. The three days celebration is an extravaganza of sights, smells, tastes and unique delights of the desert city.

Q: What things to do during the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer?

Ans: During the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer, you can participate in the longest moustache contest, polo matches, camel rides, a desert safari ride on camel and jeep safari over the shifting sand dunes of Sam will mark a truly grand event.

Q: How to Celebrate of Jaisalmer Desert Festival?

Ans: The celebrations of this festival make the desert come alive with color, enthusiasm and happiness. The festival commences with a procession in the morning from the Jaisalmer Fort to the Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium. The locals dress in traditional and bright costumes. They sing and dance depicting the tragedies and accomplishments of the desert. The Gair and the fire dance are highlights of the festival. The Kalabaz or the Nat’s are a group of local nomads who are popular for their gymnastic acts. The Bhopa’s Langhas and Manganiars create an enchanting environment with their poignant folk music recitals and ballads.

Be a spectator of rare competitions like camel polo. Cheer for camel races. Gymnastic stunts on camel back and camel formation dancing are the crowning jewels of the festival. These competitions are followed by the Border Security Force Camel Tattoo. Tug-of-war, turban tying, Maru-Shri (Mr. Desert competition) and the longest moustache competition are others allures. The grand finale of the festival is the Rajasthani folk concert following an Air Force display, cricket match and parachuting. This festival end on Poornima (full moon day) in the Sam dunes with the “Sonar Qila” Jaisalmer Fort in the background creating a fairy-tale ambiance. Delicious food, interesting stalls displaying artifacts, handicrafts and other souvenirs are also available at the festival. Desert safari and camping can be also enjoyed at the eve of the festival in Jaisalmer.

Q: What things to buy from Desert Festival?

Ans: During the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, you can buy intricate handicrafts and handloom attires in vibrant colors, decorated with meticulous thread work and mirrors.

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