Desert Festival is a three days long extravaganza of colour, music and festivity,
held at the golden city of Jaisalmer. Gair and fire dancers swaying to traditional
tunes, a turban-tying competition and a Mr. Desert contest are part of the fun
The grand finale is a trip to the sand dunes at Sam where one can enjoy the
pleasure of a camel ride and even view the folk dancers and musicians perform
at the sand dunes.
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 colour, music and laughter of the Desert Festival.
The festival is organised by the tourist authorities as tourist entertainment
around January-February. The very rich and colourful 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 valour, romance and tragedy. Traditional musicians
attempt to outdo each other in their musical superiority.