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Jaisalmer Desert Festival

  • Dates :

    07/02/2021 - 09/02/2021

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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.

FAQs on Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021

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

Ans: Jaisalmer Desert Festival is being celebrated from 7th February to 9th February in 2021. The three days celebration is an extravaganza of sights, smells, tastes and unique delights of the desert city.

Ques: Where the Desert Festival is celebrated?

Ans: The Desert Festival is celebrated in the sand city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

Ques: 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.

Ques: 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.

Ques: What is the History of Desert Festival Jaisalmer?

Ans: 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.

Ques: 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.

Ques: How to Reach in Jaisalmer?

Ans: 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.