Desert Festival, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Once a year, the empty sands around Jaisalmer come alive with a mesmerising performance on the sand dunes in the form of the Desert Festival. The festival, organised by the Department of Tourism around January-February, goes on for three whole days and lets you enjoy the rich and colourful Rajasthani folk culture. Rajasthani men and, beautiful women dressed in their best and brightest costumes dance and sing ballads of valour, romance and tragedy, while traditional musicians attempt to outdo each other to showcase their musical superiority. The high points of the festival are puppeteers, acrobats, camel tattoo shows, camel races, camel polo, traditional processions, camel mounted bands, folk dances, etc.
The desert festival is organized annually in the Hindu month of Magh, three days prior to the full moon which usually falls in the month of February. This year the festival will be celebrated from 7th to 9th February, 2020.
The festival began with a ceremonial procession, known as Shobha Yatra where local Rajputs and other clans dressed in their traditional attire, carried swords atop horses, camels, and elephants were cheered on as they entered the Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium, one of the main venues of the desert festival. Dressed in vibrant and colorful attire, the people of Rajasthan sang and danced to lingering ballads of heroism, romance and tragedy of yore. A beautiful display of Fireworks can also be enjoyed.
During the festival you can participate in the longest mustache contest, polo matches, camel rides, a desert safari ride on camel and jeep safari over the shifting sand dunes of Sam.
During the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, you can buy intricate handicrafts and hand-loom attires in vibrant colors, decorated with meticulous thread work and mirrors.
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