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Jaisalmer Desert Festival begins today

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The celebrations of the desert festival make the desert region come alive with color, zest and enthusiasm . The festival commences with a procession in the morning from the Jaisalmer Fort to the Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium.  The gair, gymnastic acts and the fire dance are highlights of the festival. The tribes of the region create an enchanting environment with their poignant folk music recitals and ballads.

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Be a spectator of rare competitions like camel polo, camel race, gymnastic stunts on camelback and camel formation dancing. These competitions are followed by the Border Security Force camel tattoo, tug-of-war, turban tying, Maru-Shri (Mr. Desert competition) and the longest moustache competition. The grand finale of the festival is the Rajasthani folk concert following an Air Force display, cricket match and parachuting. Desert safari and camping can be also enjoyed at the eve of the festival.

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New additions have been made this year to enthrall the tourists coming to witness the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer. for the first time horse race will be organised in which 200 horses will be included.
Also for the first time information about Tharparkar cows will be disseminated. Live demonstration will be given at Dhedhania ground. The District collector of Jaisalmer, KC Meena informed that the Desert Festival will commence with a procession from Gadisar Lake. Several popular festival competitions like Mr Desert, Miss Moomal, Tourist Turban Tying, Camel Race, Tug-of-War will be organized to attract both domestic and foreign tourist.

Venue– Don’t miss your chance to be in Jaisalmer to enjoy delicious food, interesting stalls displaying artifacts, handicrafts and other souvenirs.

Date- Prepare yourself for some mind-blowing experience from 29th to 31st of January.

Getting There-

By Air

Jodhpur Airport is the nearest international airport to reach Jaisalmer. The airport is 337 kilometers away. You can either hire a prepaid or a private taxi from the Airport to reach Jaisalmer.

By Rail

Jaisalmer is well connected with a wide network of trains covering most of the Indian cities. The railway station is located in the centre of the desert city. Once you reach the railhead, there are many auto-rickshaws and private taxis connecting the city.

By Road

Jaisalmer has excellent road connectivity. It is easy to commute to the city. Normal state owned buses, luxury coaches, sleeper AC buses, cabs, taxis and private vehicles can reach the city.

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Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2017

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The annual Desert Festival will be held in Jaisalmer from 8 to 10 February. As in the past years the empty sands around Jaisalmer come alive with mesmerizing performances. The festival has been organized by the Department of Tourism and the District Administration, Jaisalmer.

On 8 February, the festival will begin with a ceremonial procession (9 am to 10.30 am) from Gadisar Lake to Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium. Thereafter, there will be the inauguration of the Desert Festival beginning with the Ghoomar dance. This will be followed by a series of competitions like turban tying, Mr. Desert, Miss Moomal, Moomal Mahendra, Moustache, among others from 11 am to 2 pm. Later in the evening there will be a cultural programme of folk music and dance at Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium from 7 pm to 9 pm.

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On 9 February, there will be competitions from 9 am to 1.30 pm at Dedansar Stadium. These competitions will include Camel Decoration, Shah-E-Marudhara, Tug-of-War (Indian V/s Foreigner), Women Wrestling, Camel Polo Match, Panihari Matka Race. There will also be Air Warrior Drill by Indian Air Force and Camel Tattoo Show by Border Security Force. Later in the evening there will be a cultural programme of folk music and dance at Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium from 7 pm to 9 pm.

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On 10 February, there will be the showcasing of village life for tourists at Kuldhara deserted  village (from 10 am to 12 noon). This will be followed by the Camel Race at Sam Sand Dunes from 3 pm to 4 pm). Later in the evening at the same venue there will be a cultural programme of folk music and dance as well as fireworks display from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Re- living 64 Years Of Rajasthan On Rajasthan Diwas Today

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As Rajasthan celebrates its 65th Rajasthan Diwas this year on 30thMarch 2015, we tell you the magnificent journey of 64 years. What makes Rajasthan so unique is its colorful culture, rich heritage and one of the tourist hubs. The state dazzles in its beauty and every glimpse is captures with due importance.

1. FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Rajasthan is a state which is known for the richness of traditions, and diverse culture. All the festivals are celebrated with joy, enthusiasm, zeal and zest. Some major fairs and festivals are Pushkar Fair, Jaisalmer Desert Fair, Gangaur, Teej, Marwar Festival, Holi and the list goes on.

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2. CUISINES

One cannot leave Rajasthan without tasting its food which is known for it spiciness and rich flavor. Rajasthani cuisine is mainly vegetarian but can be put together in a variety of mouthwatering dishes. A sweet is a must which is complemented with every meal. Some relishing dishes are dal bati churma which is a well known delicacy all around the world. Every region in Rajasthan has its own speciality and taste.

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3. FORTS, MONUMENTS & PALACES

Rajasthan is well known for its historically rich ‘Forts and Palaces’. The forts of Rajasthan tell stories about the kings and queens and their journey during their period of reign. Each and every fort and fortress has a unique and unparalleled story behind it. Some monuments of Rajasthan are well recognized due to recognition by UNESCO, namely – Jantar Mantar (Jaipur), Kumbhalgarh fort, etc.

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4. FOLK MUSIC AND DANCES

The folk music and dance are important part of our culture and thus performed at every occasion, may it be a birth of a new born, anniversary or a welcome to the new season. The famous dance form of Rajasthan is Kalbelia, Terahtaali, Ghoomar, Chari, etc. Though dance is not the only art, music is considered important in the state of Rajasthan.

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5. WILDLIFE

Rajasthan is an abode to a number of species. It is known for diverse flora and fauna. Rajasthan lying in a desert region and having a varied topography is a home to various species. The Ranthambore National Park and Sariska Tiger Reserve are well known wildlife sanctuaries in this dry- arid region.

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6. HAND BLOCK PRINTING & BLUE POTTERY

Rajasthan is famous for its art and craft. Hand block printing, especially Bagru pint with floral and leaf motifs are seen and worn by a large number. Another recognized traditional art is of blue pottery, which has its origins from Rajasthan in India. In it the color blue and its shades are kept as the base color. Lehariya is also a style which originated from the land of Rajasthan.

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7. MUSEUMS

Museums are built to showcase the in-depth history of a place and to know about its culture. The museums of Rajasthan throw limelight to its rich heritage and varied, and diversified culture. Rajasthan is known worldwide for 1st silver museum in the world, situated in Udaipur. Not to forget the oldest museum of the state- Albert Hall, Jaipur is known for its rare articles. The other museums include- Government Museum in Jodhpur & Ajmer, Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum in Jaipur, etc.

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Jaisalmer Desert Festival

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The three day long cultural extravaganza in Jaisalmer is here!

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Amid the golden yellow sand dunes and moonlit winter night, the vibrant and eventful Desert Festival is organized by the Department of Rajasthan Tourism in Jaisalmer. The biggest annual desert festival witnesses rich and colourful Rajasthani culture in form of dance, musical and cultural performances. Turban clad men and women adorned with colourful, bright and dramatic costumes perform all kinds of Rajasthani dances and sing folk songs.

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Cultural Dance Performance at Jaisalmer Desert Festival. Pic via Devang Shah

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The musicians playing their traditional instruments can be seen outdoing each other in their musical superiority. The turban tying competition, camel race, camel polo, and longest moustache and Mr. Desert competition further adds to the joy of desert festival. The festival on the last day culminates with parachuting and Air Force display in the sand dunes.

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So if you wish to get a charge out of the traditional desert life of Rajasthan, then Jaisalmer Desert Festival is just the perfect event for you.  Scheduled from February 01 to 03, 2015 the three days event would render you to witness the ship of the desert in myriad form. Get ready to enjoy music and cultural extravaganza of Rajasthan in shimmering Jaisalmer desert!!

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

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Jaisalmer Desert Festival

If you hanker to explore the many facets of Rajasthan, then a visit to Jaisalmer during Jaisalmer Desert Festival is something you would not want to wish at this time of the year. Colorful desert festival in ‘The Golden City’ Jaisalmer is organized for three days from 12 to 14 February 2014.

One can witness real cultural and heritage at its full bloom during Jaisalmer Desert Festival. From folk artists dancing and songs, this desert festival has everything to allure domestic and international tourists. Jaisalmer Desert Festival is organized by Rajasthan Tourism Department at Sam Sand Dunes located at 40 km from Jaisalmer city.

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Events At Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2014

  • Dance & Songs by Folk artists
  • Acrobatics by Local Nomadic Gymnasts
  • Entertaining Puppet Shows
  • Snake Charmers Dance
  • Turban tying competition
  • Longest moustaches competition
  • Mr. Desert contest
  • Camel Race
  • Camel Polo
  • Camel Dance competition
  • Camel Decoration competition

Venue: Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer

 

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Decorated Camel

Shahrukh is ready to mesmerize with a stylish hair-do, while Salman with his rippling muscles is getting geared up with clothes and accessories. No, he isn’t taking his shirt off. Rather, both these ‘studs’ are being dressed at a camel parlour in Jaisalmer for the Desert Festival that starts on February 23, 2013.

Since camels are the most special and sought after attractions at the Desert Festival for everyone, you would find many veteran barbers particularly at the beautification of these four-legged creatures. They are endearingly called the beauticians and have been practicing the art of catering to the ship of the desert since their forefathers.

The camel population in Rajasthan is approximately three lakh, of which some 50,000 are used in the tourism industry. These salons are popular among camel owners who wish to participate in various competitions during Festival.

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The salon comprises of a fancy and colourful cart in the golden sand with a few iron boxes, which contain scissors of different shapes and razors. It takes three hours to decorate Shahrukh and Salman with colourful tassels, beads and mirrors. Even the tail is a sight to see. By the end of it, both look as beautiful and bashful as brides. The process of beautification would be an exciting and delightful sight for the tourists attending Jaisalmer Desert Festival.

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Decorating the camels is a very special art!! Earlier, camel raisers/owners would themselves be barbers. People would gather the camels in one place and collectively cut their hair. But now, this work is being done at special salons in style.

Another art form used on these animals is tattoos. Many camel owners have their animals take part in festivals and compete during races and polo matches. Having a decked-up camel can help them win prizes and they are ready to go that extra mile.    Wonder what the camels would say 😉

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But you don’t miss to witness the infatuating ramp and play of these flaunting beauties during Jaisalmer Desert Festival, starting from February 23 to 25, 2013!!

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Jaisalmer Desert Festival

If you thought Bikaner’s camel festival was the ultimate in exotic Indian festivals, wait till you see the fiesta at Jaisalmer. A three-day long extravaganza of dances, music, handicraft fairs and interesting competitions- including really unusual ones like a ‘Mr Desert’ pageant, a ‘turban-tying’ contest and a ‘best moustache’ contest- the Jaisalmer Desert Festival is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation from February 23 to 25, 2013.

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It is a fantastic showcase of all aspects of typical Rajasthani, and is justifiably popular with tourists, both Indian and foreign. Besides the food, the music and the cultural performances, there are camel rides, processions, camel polo, and even a camel tug-of-war.

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All the cultural programmes are held against the backdrop of the awesome Jaisalmer fort and the pristine dunes of Sam. Fireworks display at night light up the area, and the fort along with desert is illuminated too. Here’s the Programme Schedule…

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