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
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 .