Desert Festival

Time of the Year :

January / February (Purnima)

Places to Visit :

Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)

Duration :

Three Days

During your Rajasthan travel experience the vibrancy of the Thar. The desert pulsates with a myriad of Rajasthani dances: Ghoomer, Gangaur, Gair Dhap, Moria, Chari and Tehratal The Gair and the Fire dances are the special attractions of the festival. Folk performers and the artists dressed in brilliantly hued costumes, the people of the desert dance and sing haunting ballads of valor, romance and tragedy. The fair has snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats all exhibit their traditional skills.

Camels are the integral part of the desert life and the camel events during the Desert Festival confirm this fact. There are exciting camel dances, camel acrobatics, camel races, and camel polo, competitions for the best decorated camel.

Other interesting competitions on the fringes are Mr. Desert contest, tug-of-war between musclemen, the moustache and turban tying competitions, which not only demonstrate a glorious tradition but also inspire its preservation. Both the turban and the moustache have been centuries old symbols of honor in Rajasthan.

Desert Festival held against the backdrop of the awesome Jaisalmer fort is one of its kind in the world. Evenings are meant for the main shows of music and dance. Nearly all the variations of performing arts of these desert people are displayed. The number of spectators swells up each night and the grand finale, on the full moon night, takes place by silvery sand dunes. Fireworks displays at night light up the area, makes the Desert Festival at Jaisalmer not-to-be missed event.

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