Desert Festival

24-27 February, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Naya Saal, Nayi Umeed, Naya Jashn

About The Event

Once a year during winters, the sands around Jaisalmer come alive with the brilliant colors, music and laughter of the Desert Festival. Dressed in brilliantly hued costumes, the people of the desert dance and sing haunting ballads of valor, romance and tragedy. The fair has snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers. Camels, of course, play a stellar role in this festival, where the rich and colorful folk culture of Rajasthan is on show.

The Jaisalmer fort provides an ethereal backdrop to the annual desert festival. it is a joyful celebration of the traditional performing arts and creative crafts of Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival is all about fun and excitement. One can enjoy vibrant puppet shows, folk music and dance, camel races, camel polo matches, tug of war, juggling events, turban tying and longest mustache competition. Participants wear colorful traditional attires and display the best of Rajasthani folk culture and traditions. Presentation of Gair dance forms and folk fire dances are an added attraction of Jaisalmer Desert festival. There is a unique competition for men by the name Maru Sri or Mr. Desert Pageant, which attracts locals as well as international travelers. There are plenty of stalls selling handicrafts and local knick-knacks and many food stalls serving the best of authentic local food.

It has, on display, some of the most fondly preserved components of Rajasthan’s rich culture. Add to this the warmth and cheerfulness of the people of Rajasthan who welcomes the tourists from the depths of their hearts. Capture on film the site of a turbaned, handsome man with long moustaches and the flowing beard set in the backdrop of the romantic golden sands. Watch spirited villagers participating in the festival, attired in their colorful best, astride their gaily caparisoned camels.Swing to the high pitched musical instruments which echo in the vast expanse of the tranquil desert. Tap your feet to peppy folk music.

The spectacular gair dancers of barmer and the fire dancers are great crowd puller too.The excitement heightens as the Maru-Shri(Mr. Desert) competition and the turban-tying contest get underway.In the tug of war, Indian competes with Foreigners which adds to the fun of the festival.An interesting event of the festival is the moustache competition. In this competition the prize is given to the man with the longest moustache. An interesting point to keep in mind is that in Rajasthan turning moustaches upwards signifies honor while dropping moustaches indicate surrender. There are also Camel Races camel polo to add the fun..

The grand finale is a trip to the Sam sand dunes on the moonlight night, where one can also experience the pleasure of a camel ride. The folk artistes performing on the sand dunes take the enhancement to its crescendo.

Leaving Jaisalmer without any shopping is a sin. Pick the best of local handicrafts, dresses, knick-knacks, room décor, locally made leather stuff, bags, footwear, puppets, pieces of jewelry made of precious and semi-precious stones and most importantly souvenirs made from yellow sandstone. Popular markets to explore for a hearty retail therapy are Bhatia Bazaar, Pansari Bazaar, Manak Chowk and Sadar Bazaar.

Event Schedule

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Sri Laxminath Ji Temple, Jaisalmer Fort

Heritage Walk

Sri Laxminath Ji Temple, Jaisalmer Fort to Gadisar Lake

Drawing Competition

Gadisar Lake

Deep Dan with 21,000 Diyas

Gadisar Lake

Soulful Musical performance by Kailash Kher

Shaheed Poonam Singh Stadium

Rammat ( A traditional folk theatre by local artists)

Shaheed Poonam Singh Stadium

Shobha Yatra ( Ceremonial Procession)

Jaisalmer Fort to Shaheed Poonam Singh Stadium

#GoldenSkies ( Releasing 10,000 golden balloons)

Shaheed Poonam Singh Stadium

Jagmag Jaisalmer ( Night Bazaar, Food Stalls, Ghoomar, Lighting, Rajasthani Decoration, Puppet show, Magicians etc.)

Gadisar Lake

Army Band Display

Gadisar Lake

A rocking musical night with Suryaveer

Gadisar Lake

Camel Decoration Show , Army Band Display , Shan-e-Marudhara Competition , Tug of War , Camel Polo Match , Panihari Matka Race Competition for Women , Camel Tattoo Show (Acrobatics) by BSF , Kabbadi

Dedansar Stadium


Old Heritage city of Jaisalmer

Decorated camel cart ride & camel beautification show

Khuri Sand Dunes

Performance by Local Artists & a Musical Evening with Kabir Cafe and Atrangi Band

Khuri Sand Dunes

Suryanamaskar, peacock sighting and live instrumental music performances (Ravanhattha, Kamaycha, Morchang, Algoja, etc.)

Khabha Fort

Cattle Show, Wall Painting, Rangoli, and Mandana

Kuldhara Deserted Village

Horse Race Show

Rann of Lanela

Camel Race, Camel Dance, Tug of War, Horse Dance, & Sand Art Display

Sam Sand Dunes

Surilo Jeshan - Sons of the Soil with Swaroop Khan

Sam Sand Dunes

Surilo Jeshan - Sons of the Soil with Mame Khan

Sam Sand Dunes

Fireworks display

Sam Sand Dunes

How to reach Jaisalmer

By Air

Jaisalmer has its own airport. regular flights ply from all the major Indian cities to Jaisalmer on select days.

By Rail

Jaisalmer is connected with Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, and Delhi through the broad gauge and meter gauge railway tracks.

By Road

Rajasthan Roadways and private buses ply regularly from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Udaipur, Mount Abu, Barmer, Ahmedabad, and Delhi.

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