Jaisalmer – A place stands magnificently in rugged landscape where the exquisite beauty of the desert glows with all its beams full-dazzling, where the rays of the twilight bring the branched thoughts, new grown with thrill and excitement, where the magical golden sandcastle rises like a sun from Rajasthan’s Thar Desert and where the chill of the nightfall brings tranquility in the fiery sand.
This atmospheric land is a melange of magnificent architectural wonders, old havelies, mystical Jain temples and enchanting maze like lanes. It is difficult to grasp enchanted desert mysteries in its totality, one need to embrace its unpredictability to embrace its soul. It is not wrong to say that Jaisalmer is the heart of Rajasthan Tourism.
To understand the true essence of the magical city of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan Tourism organizes three days desert festival in the month of February every year.
About Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2021
It is an annual event of three days held in the month of Magh (February), before the full moon with pomp and pride. The last day falls on the full moon day. This year Jaisalmer Desert festival will be held on 25- 27 February at Sam Dunes which is 42 km from the city of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Desert Festival is one of its kinds.
It takes you to a mesmerizing journey of experiencing Jaisalmer’s rich cultural heritage of performing arts, local artistry and beautiful wood carvings and lip smacking regional delicacies. Artists, musicians and dancers from various parts of Rajasthan paint Jaisalmer into a beautiful canvas of fun, thrill and excitement.
In these days you will be amazed to see the colours and contrast, fun and thrill of the otherwise rugged landscape. This experience will stay with you for a lifetime. It is one of the most popular cultural events of Jaisalmer Desert festival which makes sightseeing in Rajasthan more interesting. Basic structure of Jaisalmer Desert Festival remains the same every year with an addition of some new events.
Top Things to Do in Jaisalmer Desert Festival Rajasthan
- Tune into the blissful vibes and melodies of folk musicians under the beautiful starry night. Sooth your ears with a special folk song dedicated to camel’s necklace called Gorband.
- Let the beautiful sunset and moonlight blows your heart away. To photographers Jaisalmer desert festival offers an amazing opportunity to click the pictures of scenic landscapes of Jaisalmer.
- Explore the vast desert on camels. Sights of the spectacular dunes of Thar dessert is an experience of a lifetime.
- Dance in the rhythm of folk dancers dressed in colourful costumes, The Gair Dance, Ghoomar Dance, Fire Dance, breathtaking Jugglery performance and gymnastic acts by kalabaz.
- Engage in the thrill and excitement of beautifully dressed camels ready to win the best dressed camel competition. Camel polo, Camel dance and Camel race are the top things to do in Jaisalmer Desert Festival.
- Enrich your experience of Jaisalmer Desert Festival by participating in unique events like Turban Tying, Mr Desert pageant and largest moustache contest.
- Let the lip-smacking regional delicacies like Dal Bati Churma ,Gatte ki sabzi be the meditation to your mind. There are many local food stalls to tickle your taste buds.
- Let the shopper in you feel excited by buying souvenirs, handicrafts, jewellery, Traditional Rajasthani attires, home decor, thread work, mirrors and many more.
- Camp near the Sand Dunes in luxury camps under the starlit sky.
- Display of Snake Charmers, Puppet Shows, Acrobatics, Panihari Matka Race will elevate your experience of Jaisalmer Desert Festival
to an unparallel level.
A Brief History of Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Jaisalmer Desert Festival’s goes back to Hindu Mythology. It is said that Lord Krishna once said to Arjuna that one of the ruler of Yadava clan will build his kingdom on Trikuta hills. His prophecy became true. Rana Maharaval Jaisal in 1156 CE built Jaisalmer fort which is now an UNESCO world heritage site. He named his kingdom Jaisalmer. Maharaval Jaisal belongs to Yaduvanshi Rajput clan mentioned in the Rig Veda.
There is much more in Jaisalmer to experience other than the fulfilled activities of Jaisalmer Desert festival. The spectacular sights and sounds of Jaisalmer will make your experience elevated to a different level.
Other Top Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer is a popular winter getaway in India and is also one of the exotic honeymoon destinations. Further, the city is dotted with traces of several sandstone heritage from the yore… revealing a wealthy history of the place. It also unfolds the indigenous Jain culture that reflects from carved walls and pillars of ancient Jain temples secluded within the Jaisalmer Fort. These temples exhibit the unique Dilwara style of paintings and architecture. Amongst the Jain temples those dating back from 12th century to 15th century are dedicated to various Jain Hermits, locally known as Tirthankars. Further the intrinsic carved works dilates various human and animal figures. Other major attractions of the fortress city, Jaisalmer, are the Royal Palace and Laxminath Temples. Moreover, the desert safari in Jaisalmer is one of the most demanded activities.
Best Places to Visit in and around Jaisalmer During the Desert Festival
Kuldhara Village – 21 km from Jaisalmer lays the ghostly, abandoned village of Kuldhara which looks magnificent even in ruins. These ruins left behind the mysterious stories of Palliwal Brahmins. The village is more than 200 years old maintained by the Archaeological survey of India. You can easily spend couple of hours exploring. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Fort – This gigantic and alluring sandcastle rises like a sun from Rajasthan’s Thar Desert. The very vision of the desert fortress is enough to lure the tourists. Thar Desert set in the background gives it a magical and picturesque vibe. Jaisalmer fort is a UNESCO World heritage site and is also known as Sonar Qila. It is one of the most visited destinations in Jaisalmer. It is a heart of Jaisalmer tourism.
Tanot Mata Temple – Tanot Mata Temple is located close to the Pakistan border. During Pakistani war of 1965 more than 3000 bomb shells fell near it but it didn’t diffuse. The temple is dedicated to Hinglaj Mata. This miraculous story lures the tourists even more to pay obeisance to the goddess. The temple is maintained by the officials of Indian Army. It is one of the top spiritual attractions in Jaisalmer.
Lodhruva – Lodhruva is famous for a Jain temple dedicated to 23rd Thirthankar Parshwanath and a wishing tree known as Kalp Vriksh. This architectural beauty of the temple will blow your heart away. It is also the ancient capital of Jaisalmer. This makes Jaisalmer Tourism more spectacular.
Khuri Village- located 50 km from Jaisalmer, Khuri village is less crowded. The main attraction of this village is its mesmerizing sand dunes. It is one of the offbeat destinations in Jaisalmer. Get ready for a mind boggling experience spending a night in the desert under the starlit sky. Activities like camel race, camel polo, folk songs, Kalbelia dance and lip smacking regional delicacies makes Khuri village one of the best in terms of experience in Jaisalmer, which makes tourism in Rajasthan more thrilling.
Akal Wood Fossil Park- It is one of the top tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. One can see the remains of ancient flora in the form of fossil of trees of a forest which is more than 180 million years old. Akal Wood Fossil Park is a perfect destination for nature geologists, tourists and historians.
Vyas Chhatri- Despite being a cremation ground the grandeur of Vyas Chhatri has been drawing tourists since ages. This is dedicated to the Sage Vyas who wrote the epic poem Mahabharata. Cenotaphs, intricately designed Chhatris, carvings on the pillars make the tourism in Jaisalmer breathtaking.
How to Reach Jaisalmer?
Jaisalmer is easily accessible by road from different cities in Rajasthan. The city also hosts its own railway station that connects to the farthest corners of India. Daily buses and trains ply from Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur and New Delhi to Jaisalmer that makes an easy getaway for travellers. Further the tourism department has announced that the city will come up with its own airport by the next tourist season.