Jaisalmer which was once a medieval trading center is now the center of a desert festival set amongst the passionate, secluded and intact sun dunes of the Sam Dunes. The festival takes place every year and is a must event to be at if you want to know the cultural heritage that India has to share.
The Time of the Festival
If you wish to be at the festival then you need to plan your trip accordingly. To have a perfect planning it is prudent to know the time when the Jaisalmer desert festival happens. The festival is an annual event and takes place each year in the month of February three days before the full moon. The date generally falls between 8th and 10th of February. This year the festival dates are 29th to 31st of January.
The Location of the Festival:
The festival is held about 42 kilometers from Jaisalmer amongst the Sam Dunes. The generally loving, remote and undamaged dunes come to life during the festival with the singing, dancing and other cultural events that take place.
How the Festival Started:
There is a legend behind the starting of the Jaisalmer desert festival. It is said that when Rawal Jaisal formed his empire in Jaisalmer it was thought that the words of Lord Krishna came true when he said that a descendant of the Yadav community will set up his empire on the Trikut Hills. To celebrate the coming true of the prophecy this festivity started. Now, the celebration has taken the shape of a festival under the patronage of Indian Government.
The Celebration That You Can Be Part Of
The festivity makes the desert come alive with vibrant color, enthusiasm, pomp and happiness. The beginning of the Jaisalmer desert festival starts with a procession from the Jaisalmer Fort to Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium. The locals dress in colorful ethnic dresses dance along the procession depicting scenes the tragedies and happenings of the desert. The highlight of the festival is the Gair and the fire dance. You can expect to see the gymnastic acts of the local nomads known as Kalabaz or Nat. You will also be enchanted by hearing the emotional folk music recitals and ballads of the Bhopa’s Langhas and Manganiars. You will love to be in such an enchanting environment.
The other activities which will gain your applause are the camel polo, camel races, gymnastic aerobatics on camelback and camel formation dancing, Camel Tattoo. Tug-of-war, turban tying, Maru-Shri, and the competition for the longest mustache. The final day will present before you the mesmerizing Rajasthani folk songs, displays by the air force and finally, the festivity will end in a fairy-tale ambiance with the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer in the backdrop on the full moon day.
You can also enjoy yourself by satisfying your culinary taste by having the local delicacies, being at the handicraft stalls and being a part of the desert safari held before the festival.
So, plan your trip to Jaisalmer during those days and have a romantic and enjoy full vacation out there.