Jaisalmer – the tourist city of Rajasthan state, also known as the Golden City, is located in Western India, more than 760km to the West of the capital New Delhi and 471 miles from the East of the Pakistani border.
The desert festival is one of the famous cultural events that dominate the Rajasthan sands in February is the Jaisalmer Desert Festival – an annual event that attracts the attention of thousands of international and local tourists.
The festival celebrates various types of folk arts
The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is usually held in January or February every year. The main day of the festival is the full moon day (also known as the Good Magh Purnima day).
A few days before the full spring moon of the Hindu calendar, musicians, dancers and performers from all over Rajasthan began to move on colorful camels towards the golden town of Jaisalmer, which had been decorated brilliant. On the background of the festival is the 12th-century Jaisalmer fortress, built with yellow sandstone, offering a breathtaking scene like stepping out from a fairy tale.
Over the years, the desert dwellers have woven a fascinating rug with strings of music and rhythms for this land. Desert festivals are a tribute to these types of folk arts.
Camel dressed well and had lots of fun contests
Camel not only has a role as a commodity but also an indispensable part of life in the desert. Therefore, the Jaisalmer Desert Festival dedicated to the best dressing contest for camels. Camel owners will take special care to choose the best outfit and wear all kinds of jewelry on them.
Interestingly enough, hearing a folk song describing the creation of a camel necklace, called a Gorband. To make the competition even more fun, the camel show has two unique events, including camel competition and camel dance.
By choosing the Rajasthan tour packages, you can turn your vacation into an unforgettable memory when you get a lot of unexpected fun. The camel dance and polo events give you the best choice to appreciate the camel and its amazing skills. The dances and narrations are the poems about heroes create an unique atmosphere that is both romantic and mysterious, reminiscent of the mighty past of this land.
Another contest imbued with tradition and even funnier is the contest to tie mustache and wrap men’s turban. According to the organizers, this contest is not only organize to introduce and promote culture but also to inspire the conservation because the turban and mustache are both long-standing symbols of honor in Rajasthan.
Letting your mustache twisted up means maintaining pride while the drooping mustache represented defeat. Meanwhile, wrapping a towel lining several meters long in a split second is considered an art. The changing styles and colors of the scarf show the class and hometown of the person wearing the scarf.
Among the many attractions to explore at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, don’t miss out the kiosks selling spices, carpets, clothing and tents displaying handicrafts. The embroidery of Jaisalmer in particular and the Rajasthan region in general is considered the most beautiful in the world, and once you see it, you will not be able to leave empty-handed.
If you love performing, don’t miss folk repertoire like dance, music and puppet theater on Sam’s sand dunes, near Jaisalmer. For food, visitors can try dishes with new flavors and representations of the Rajasthani region. You can also see the magic of ‘sona kila’ at the golden fortress – illuminated in the city of Jaisalmer, or accompany with a local tour company for exploring jeep or camel rides and overnight in the desert.
Tips for experiencing Jaisalmer Desert Festival
You can go to Jaisalmer by direct trains from major cities such as Delhi and Jaipur. Some of the prominent trains operating from Delhi are the Jaisalmer Express and the Jodhpur-Jaisalmer Express. Once the train arrives at the station at Jaisalmer, guests can easily catch a rickshaw or car outside the station to the festival venue.
The nearest airport to Jaisalmer is Jodhpur which is 300 km away. Jodhpur is connected to all major Indian cities by both government owned airlines as well as private airlines. From Jodhpur, you can rent a taxi or take a train as you like.
In addition, Jaisalmer is well connected to the rest of the state by well-maintained roads with Rajasthan Roadways’ luxury and regular bus lines and private companies operating on the Jaisalmer- Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmer, Mount Abu, Jalore, Ahemdabad.
Shared transport in Jaisalmer includes automatic rickshaw and bicycle. These are the best ways to get around, especially if you want to avoid traffic congestion. The motorized rickshaw is a cheap way of transport in Jaisalmer but the driver is not always friendly. So, ask the price carefully before getting in the car.