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
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.
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.