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Musical and Colorful Desert Festival - Jaisalmer

by Madhav Srinivasan 1925 days ago

When it comes to colors and revelry, there can be no place better than Rajasthan as the state is widely known for its vibrant and thriving culture. The Desert Festival in Rajasthan can introduce you to a whole new world.

Rajasthan is a state that is famous for its rich culture, glorious past and multi-colored splendor. The state is well-known for its various forts and palaces set amidst mountains and lakes. The Summer Festival of Jaisalmer celebrates its glorious past and rich culture.

The Desert Festival

Jaisalmer is famous for its majestic fort that sits atop a small hill overlooking the town within a fort, which is a fortress with its ramparts and bastions. Every year, in the month of February, the Summer Festival or the Desert Festival is celebrated. The festival is slated to be celebrated between the 5th and the 7th of February in 2012. The culture of Rajasthan is entwined with the desert; so the locals celebrate the Desert Festival with great fanfare.

What Happens at the Summer Festival?

It is celebrated in the month of February to welcome the start of the summer after the long winter in the grounds of the Jaisalmer fort. Musicians and folk art performers from every corner of the state converge at the festival to give scintillating performances. People from all walks of life ‑ from performance artists to puppeteers and gypsy artists ‑ come to the festival to perform and get recognized.

Though music is the main draw for many visitors, other interests can include folk arts, classical dancers and camel races that are unique to Rajasthan. Tourists are attracted by the 3-day cultural extravaganza, which comprises camel races, turban-tying contests, a Mr. Desert contest, camel polo, processions and a unique best moustache contest. Organized by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, the festival is very popular among domestic and international travelers, with fireworks displays lighting up the night sky.

This year, the festival was celebrated from the 16th to the 18th of February. The festival is traditionally celebrated in the Hindu month of Magh between mid-February and mid-March. There are also beautifully decorated camel cavalcades that enthrall visitors and Dandiya nights with music and dance.

Other Attractions

Apart from the organized festivities in the main venue, in the vicinity of the Jaisalmer Fort, there are also many other informal music and dance performances and contests across the city during the festival. As people who are famous for their love of cultural extravaganzas, Rajasthanis embrace the pomp and splendor of the festival.

With its forts and lakes and majestic palaces, Rajasthan is justly one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, and it is a sight to behold during the Desert festival in the month of February. Musicians and dancers flock to perform at the festivities, making it a cultural extravaganza. 

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