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                                                                               Desert festival,Jaisalmer
Introduction of Desert Festival

Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is a colorful festival which takes place every year in the month of February and lasts for three days. Cultural events, camel races, turban tying competitions are the things that you are able to see in this festival. Not exciting enough !You are also able to attend the contests to evaluate the man with the most excellent moustache. Everything is interesting in the Desert festival, in the middle of the golden sands of the Thar Desert.,The festival comes to its end with a final musical show by folk singers under the shining sky at the hills in Sam, just outside Jaisalmer. The rich culture of the region is on display during this three days long show.

The desert festival in Jaisalmer was initiated to draw attention of foreign tourists, who always wanted to discover as many aspects of Rajasthan as they could in the possible time. The three-day event emphasize more on local elements and heritage. For example, this no-nonsense festival will only showcase Rajasthani folk songs and dance. These are presented by some of the best professionals of the art. To make it more interesting and colorful in its outlook local traditions such as Turban tying etc have been added. Competition which is very popular among foreigners is 'The moustache Competition' This is simply because of the surprise value close to this event. Foreigners can be seen posing for pictures with the winners. This is truly a worth maintaining moment.. You will never forget wonders like the well-known Fire dancers that are the major attraction of the desert festival celebrations of Rajasthan.

The Jaisalmer Desert fair/festival is conducted by the Rajasthan tourism Development Corporation . There is tourist help cell to deal particularly with the troubles that are faced by foreign tourists. The arrangements are taken care by local administration and state of the art Medical vans, prepared with the best of medical facilities, are kept on alert. If you want to buy gifts or memorial things for your dear ones, this is the best place for it. This place not only have items from and around Jaisalmer but from the whole Rajasthan. In case you need to exchange currencies then the Mobile money exchangers are there. And if you run out of cash, Guess what! Nearly all the stalls have the facility to accept credit card.

Facts of the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India

Location: Sam Sand Dunes 42 K.M. from Jaisalmer
How to reach: SUV or Camel safari
Timing: Its held In the month of February
Attractions: Cultural showcase

Celebrated in : Rajasthan
City : Jaisalmer
Festival Time : February
Duration : 3 Days
Highlights : Songs, Dances, shows and Camel embellishment.
Sponsored by -Rajasthan State Tourism Corporation,

Major Attraction of Desert Festival

The major attraction of the desert festival celebrations are the well-known Gair and Fire dancers which anyone will never forgot . Exciting contests together with a binding competition and a Mr. Desert contest also enlarge the fun of the occasion. A trip to the Sam sand dunes marks the grand finale, where you will enjoy camel rides and wonderful performance by the folk artist under the full moon against the backdrop of pleasing hills.

For a few days during the Desert Festival of Rajasthan Very colourful and Rich Rajasthani folk culture is on display in Jaisalmer. Rajasthani men and tall beautiful women dressed in their bright costumes dance and sing lingering songs of bravery, romance and tragedy. Traditional musicians attempt to beat each other in their musical authority.

The arrangements for this festival of Rajasthan begins well in advance, where a few days before the spring full moon in accordance with the Hindu calendar, musicians, dancers and performers from all over Rajasthan start moving in colorful camel groups towards the golden town of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, which already begins to throw on a festive look.. It is a chance of a lifetime to see the folk art forms against the landscape that has nurtured them for hundreds of years. The 12th century fort of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, built in yellow sandstone, provides a magic background for this festival of Rajasthan Although the desert festival of Rajasthan is mainly a big show of performing arts, there are numerous other events that give a hint of the desert culture in Rajasthan. Through the day, visitors can come face to face with the desert craftsmen. Gracefully embellished skirts, hand-woven shawls, rugs, carvings on wood and stone, camel decorations, embellished leather bags; ethnic silver jewelry and terracotta are brought in from all over the desert.

Other exciting competitions on the fringes are the moustache and turban tying competitions, which not only show a wonderful tradition but also motivate its conservation. Both the turban and the moustache have been centuries old symbols of honor in Rajasthan. 'The moustache competition' of Rajasthan is very popular among foreigners. This is simply because of the surprise value attached to this event. Proud moustached villagers, dressed in their ethnic best come on their nicely caparisoned camels. Foreigners can be seen posing for pictures with the winners. Similarly, local customs such as Turban tying etc have been added to make it more striking and colorful in its outlook.

Evenings are intended for the main shows of music and dance. Almost all the variations of performing arts of these desert people are displayed. Continuing till late into the night, the number of viewers increase by each night and on the final day, under the full moonlit night, the whole place is moving with people who make it a point to be there to see this mega show. This desert festival of Rajasthan closes with an enthralling sound and light show in the middle of the sand dunes on a moonlit night.

Camels are not just beasts of burden but also an integral part of the desert life and the camel events during the Desert Festival of Rajasthan. Special efforts go into dressing the animal for entering the amazing competition of the best-dressed camel of Rajasthan. To add some more fun and color, the camel show has camel dances and competitions of camel acrobatics, camel races and décor, camel polo, tug of war and the like.

The high points of the festival of Rajasthan are - snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats, folk performers and Camel Shows. The tourist dances, turban tying competitions and tug of war are big draws and laughter. The Mr. Desert competitions, which are focused around the length of moustaches by and large, draws attention of many hopefuls. Jaisalmer is the only place where this desert festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and eagerness. Rajasthan being a famous tourist destination, the festival adds to its color. The perfect time to visit the golden city Jaisalmer is during the Desert Festival, held in January / February every year.

Location and Transport of the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India

Desert Festival is celebrated every year in Jaisalmer which is located in the extremely heart of Rajasthan and is a well-known tourist destination. Being part of the Desert Triangle and the venue of Desert Festival of Rajasthan, the place is reachable by rail, road and air and has tourist accommodation ranging from high budget to low budget. The city is also covered by the "Palace on Wheels" of Rajasthan a train-cum-road package, which needs no description. This place too witnesses large flow of tourist traffic in winters.

Distances of important cities from Jaisalmer: Mumbai (1177 km), New Delhi (864 km), Jaipur (558 km), Ahmedabad (626 km).

Jaisalmer By Rail
Jaisalmer of Rajasthan is linked to major cities of India through wide standard as well as meter standard railway tracks. Direct trains from Jaisalmer of Rajasthan are available to Jodhpur of Rajasthan as well as Delhi. Jaisalmer of Rajasthan is linked through both 'Broad gauge' as well as 'Meter gauge' tracks. You can also travel to Jaisalmer by Palace on Wheels.

Jaisalmer By Road

Jaisalmer of Rajasthan is well linked to the rest of state by well-maintained roads. Due to its closeness to Indo-Pak boarder, particular importance is given on its maintenance. Deluxe & Ordinary buses of Rajasthan Roadways & Private companies run form Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmer, Mount Abu, Jalore, Ahmedabad etc, Roadways main bus stand opposite Railway station & Golden bus terminal near State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, Shiv road, Jaisalmer are the two major bus stands.

Jaisalmer By Air
Jaisalmer of Rajasthan has its own airport and has flights operational by all the major Airlines of India. Jaisalmer is connected to all the major metros of India by government owned as well as private airlines during the tourist season of Rajasthan from October to March.

Local transportation Jaisalmer
Common transportation in Jaisalmer of Rajasthan include auto rickshaw and bicycles because these are good means to get around. Auto rickshaw is a cheap mode of transportation but drivers might not be friendly all the times. It is recommended to take rickshaw when you take crowded roads.

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