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
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.
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.