Desert Festival, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is an amazing desert city founded by the Rajput Bhatti Prince Rawal Jaisal. Jaisal who felt vulnerable and was seeking a safe place came to Tricuta, south of his cpital lodurva. Here, he sought counsel of the hermit Eesul who related a compelling oracle. According to it, centuries ago, Lord Krishna had predicted that a distant descendant of the lunar clan would rule from Tricuta. Thus in 1156 A.D. Rawal Jaisal laid the foundation of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is a city that towers above the desertscape and is famous for its intricate architecture. It is popularly known as the Golden City.
Relive the magic and brilliance of the Desert City-Jaisalmer, the city that parades its charms to the world every year during the Desert Festival.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer  
The Desert Festival an extravaganza of colour, music and festivity, is held every year during the Hindu month of Magh (February). It has, on display, some of the most fondly preserved components of Rajasthans rich culture. Add to this the warmth and cheerfulness of the people of Rajasthan who welcome the tourists from the depths of their hearts.
Capture on film the sight of a turbaned, handsome man withlong moustaches and a flowing beared set in the backdrop of the romantic golden sands. Watch spirited villagers participate in the festival, attired in their colorful best, astride their gaily caparisoned camels.
The excitement heightens as the Maru-Shri (Mr. Desert) Competition and the turban-tying contests get underway. In the turban-tying competition and tug of war, Indians compete with foreigners which adds to the fun of the festival.
An interesting event of the festival is the Moustache Competition. In this competition the prize is given to the man with the longest moustache. There are also camel races and camel polo to add the fun.

The grand finale is a trip to the Sam sand dunes on the moonlit night, where one can also experience the pleasure of a camel ride. The folk artists performing on the sand dunes takes the enchantment to its crescendo.
The Rajasthan Tourist Development Corporation (RTDC) puts up a Tourist Village during the fair. Lodging and boarding facilities are provided in the deluxe tents and huts. The Tourist Village is self sufficient and is especially designed to complement the natural beauty of the site.