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Once a year in winters
and on the middle of the continually rising and falling stark yellow
sands of the great Thar Desert, the empty sands around Jaisalmer
come alive with the brilliant color, music and laughter of the
Desert Festival. The festival is organized by the tourist
authorities as tourist entertainment around January-February.
The very rich and colorful Rajasthani folk culture is on show here
for a few days. Rajasthani men and tall beautiful women dressed in
their brightly costumes dance and sing lingering ballads of valor,
romance and tragedy. Traditional musicians attempt to outdo each
other in their musical superiority.
The high points of the festival are - snake charmers, puppeteers,
acrobats, folk performers do rapid trade. Camels, the lifeline of
the desert, play a foremost role. Proud mustached villagers, dressed
in their ethnic best come astride their picturesquely caparisoned
camels to join in the camel dances and competitions of camel
acrobatics, camel races and décor, camel polo, tug of war and the
like. The tourist dances, turban tying competitions and tug of war
are big draws and laughter.
February is the month of
celebration for the Golden City, Jaisalmer. A celebration of Rajput
heritage, Desert festival is organized by Rajasthan Tourism
Development Corporation. It is one of the most popular of all
festivals in Rajasthan. Camel race and other cultural programmes are
main attraction of The Desert Festival. Many interesting
competitions are held during this festival. It is full of singing
and dancing and folk music. Many prominent folk artists of Rajasthan
perform during this famous festival.
The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert
Festival, held in Jan/Feb. every year, when the city reverberates to
the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting
competitions an contests, especially the turban-tying contest. Mr.
Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivities. Colorful
craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light
spectacle is organized wit folk artists performing against the
splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon
night. Surely a not-to-be missed event.