Rajasthan is ready to sweep you again with its many colours and sights. Beginning on 20th February Jaisalmer Desert Festival will witness a melange of eclectic renditions and soulful melodies, all showcasing the Rajasthani culture and art in an awe inspiring resplendent celebration.
Three day festival in Jaisalmer will be a lot of fun
When: 7th February to 9th February in 2021
Where: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Spread across three days, the festival is a colourful feast of art, music and culture of the vibrant state of Rajasthan with a view to revive the local arts and folk music, the very essence of Incredible India. As always, the festival coincides with the full moon night (Magh Purnima of the Hindu month of Magh) and the backdrop of festival is the majestic forts, Gadisar lake and the beautiful dunes of the Thar desert. Celebrated as one of the ‘must do’ things in Rajasthan this season, the entire city, including the stretch of Sam sand dunes (42 km from Jaisalmer), will turn into a montage of vibrant colours, festivities and enthrallment.
Fun and Festivities
This festival is quite popular with locals and tourists alike
The festival commences with a lively procession of colourfully attired locals from the Jaisalmer Fort to the Shahid Poonam Singh stadium. The locals put on an enrapturing performance, their soulful songs and vibrant dances depict the joys and accomplishments of the desert. The most enthralling are the Gair and the Fire dance. The famed Kalabaaz or the Nats put on gymnastic acts with such precision and grace that would put Olympic gold medallists to shame. But the best part is when the Bhopa’s Langhas and Manganiars came on stage; your heart would melt hearing the poignant recitals of Rajasthani folk music and ballads.
Kutle Khan – the voice of Jaisalmer, would make the desert come alive during the grand finale, an evening set at the majestic Sam sand Dunes.
Go Gaga at the Games
So, after the soulful music, comes the adrenaline rush! You would have seen car racing, bike racing, horse racing and even dog racing but Rajasthan has something even more majestic – camel racing. As if that was not enough, there are daredevils who perform gymnastic stunts while riding the camels. The camel race is followed by exciting games like tug-of-war, turban tying, Maru-Shri (Mr. Desert competition) and the longest moustache competition.
Desert safari and camping can be also enjoyed at the eve of the festival.
Try Authentic Rajsthani Cuisine
Dal Batti Churma is a must try
Please do buy some digestive medicines or potions before heading to the festival. Why? Because you will overeat – guaranteed! Throughout the festival grounds, you will find a wide variety of food stalls inviting you with their aroma and appetising looks. The red meat, the Daal Baathi, the Amla Murabba, the Amlana and more delicacies are so inviting that you won’t be able to resist.
The festival ends in the Sam dunes with the ‘Sonar Qila’ Jaisalmer Fort in the background creating a fairy-tale ambiance with a promise to come back with even more fun and entertainment next year.