Desert Festival, Jaisalmer 2016

Desert Festival, Jaisalmer 2016

Jaisalmer is very often known as “The Golden City”. As the city stands on the edge of fort which is made of yellow sandstone, it is known by that name. The city also has many ancient and heritage temple, with typical architecture. You can also find many Jain temples, which are pretty famous. The place is a famous tourist destination, and is visited by a number of foreign tourists. Various festivals are held, of which the desert festival Jaisalmer is pretty famous. It is a colorful festival which is held in the month of February. A brief over view of the joyous and colorful festival is given below.

Location of Desert Festival : Sam Sand Dunes, which is located at a distance of 42 kilometers from Jaisalmer.

Duration : 20/02/2016 – 22/02/2016

 Type : Cultural

History of Desert Festival Jaisalmer

The festival has a history of its own. As far the legend is concerned, it is believed that Lord Krishna who was the head of the Yadav clan, had told Arjuna that some descendent of the clan will built a kingdom. The kingdom will be situated on top of the Trikuta Hill. His prediction came true around 1156 A.D. Rawal Jaiswal who belonged to Yadav clan, abandoned the fort at Lodurva and formed the present city of Jaisalmer. So the city of Jaisalmer was built atop Trikuta Hill. Rawal Jaiswal belonged to Bahti Rajputs, who was the feudal chief. They used to live in caravans, which were stuffed with silk and spices.

Events & Activities in Desert Festival, Jaisalmer

The desert festival is one of the most colorful events where you can see cultural events, including camel races and turban tying competitions. One of the unique competitions which are held in this event is the moustache competition. The people with best moustache are given an award. Most of the events which are performed are mostly exotic in nature. There are folk performances by traditional musicians from different regions. Folk dance competition is also held, which lifts up the spirit of the festival. If you are in look out of some traditional handicrafts, then you can visit the craft bazaar. The bazaar is set up at this time, where you can get some of the best handicrafts items. The major attraction of this festival is the famous Gair and Fire dancers. This performance is a major tourist attraction from all over the world.

Day wise Schedule

Day 01 Gadsisar Lake & Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium – Jaisalmer City
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM : Shobha Yatra (Ceremonial Procession)

11:30 AM – 02:30 PM : Inauguration of Desert Festival, 2015 Turban Tying Competition (Indian’s),Turban Tying Competition (Foreigner’s), Moomal Mahendra Competition, Moustache Competition, Miss Moomal Competition, Mr. Desert Competition.

07:30 PM -09:30 PM : Cultural Programme of Folk Music & Dance and Fire works Display

Day 02 Dedansar Stadium – Jaisalmer City

9:00 AM – 01:00 PM : Camel Decoration Competition, Shan-E-Marudhara Competition, Tug of War Competition
Indian v/s Foreigner’s (Men), Tug of War Competition, Indian v/s Foreigner’s (Women), Camel Polo Match
Panihari Matka Race Competition, Indians & Foreigners (Women), Kabbadi Match, Camel Race, Air Worrior Drill Team Show, Akash Ganga.

04:30 PM – 06:30 Pm : Air Warrior Symphony Orchestra

07:30 PM -09:30 PM : Camel Tattoo Show by B.S.F., Cultural Programme of Folk, Music & Dance and Fire works
Display

Day 03 Kuldhara Deserted Village & Khuri/Sam Sand Dunes

10-00 A.M. To 12-00 Noon : Showcasing of Village Life

04-30 To 08-30 P.M : Kite Flying Show, Cultural Programme of Folk Music & Dance and Fire works Display

Programmers are subject to change due to unavoidable circumstances .

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2 thoughts on “Desert Festival, Jaisalmer 2016

  1. Tara Mclaughlin

    Hi There! I am curious what the schedule of events is like and location for each day. I arrive Saturday evening into Jaisalmer and want to catch most of the festival.

    4 years ago Reply

    1. Rajasthantouradvisor

      Dear Tara,

      Thanks For Writing.

      The mazor highlights of the Festival are:
      1. Camel Mounted band and Camel Tattoo Show of Border security Force.
      2. Shows by Indian Air Force
      3.Rajasthan renowned Follk Artists performances.
      4.Folk performances of other States by west Zone Cultural centre and North Zone
      Cultural Center.
      5.Faishon Show based on Taditional Dresses of rajasthan by INIFD Jodhpur.
      6.Camel Race.
      7. Events like Mr Desert, Miss Moomal, Moustache, turban Tyeing , Tug of war, Matka
      race etc.
      8. Camel polo Match
      9.Kite Flying on SAM Sand Dunes.
      10.Ceremonial Procession and much more.

      I am sedning you as per last year daywise programme schedule. once this year schedule will update then send you fresh if any changes.

      Day 01 Gadsisar Lake & Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium – Jaisalmer City
      9:00 AM – 10:30 AM : Shobha Yatra (Ceremonial Procession)

      11:30 AM – 02:30 PM : Inauguration of Desert Festival, 2015 Turban Tying Competition (Indian’s),Turban Tying Competition (Foreigner’s), Moomal Mahendra Competition, Moustache Competition, Miss Moomal Competition, Mr. Desert Competition.

      07:30 PM -09:30 PM : Cultural Programme of Folk Music & Dance and Fire works Display

      Day 02 Dedansar Stadium – Jaisalmer City

      9:00 AM – 01:00 PM : Camel Decoration Competition, Shan-E-Marudhara Competition, Tug of War Competition
      Indian v/s Foreigner’s (Men), Tug of War Competition, Indian v/s Foreigner’s (Women), Camel Polo Match
      Panihari Matka Race Competition, Indians & Foreigners (Women), Kabbadi Match, Camel Race, Air Worrior Drill Team Show, Akash Ganga.

      04:30 PM – 06:30 Pm : Air Warrior Symphony Orchestra

      07:30 PM -09:30 PM : Camel Tattoo Show by B.S.F., Cultural Programme of Folk, Music & Dance and Fire works
      Display

      Day 03 Kuldhara Deserted Village & Khuri/Sam Sand Dunes

      10-00 A.M. To 12-00 Noon : Showcasing of Village Life

      04-30 To 08-30 P.M : Kite Flying Show, Cultural Programme of Folk Music & Dance and Fire works Display

      Programmers are subject to change due to unavoidable circumstances .

      I hope above information is as per your requirement. if anything else you want to know write mail us on contact@rajasthantouradvisor.com

      4 years ago Reply

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