One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Rajasthan never runs out of surprises for its guests. Blessed with a rich culture, history, and heritage, the state is looking forward to hosting tourists from across the country at the Desert Festival 2022, to be held in Jaisalmer. By Karan Kaushik
While the best time to visit Jaisalmer is between October and March, if you want to experience the golden city at its best, the Desert Festival, which begins on February 13, is your best bet.
All you need to know about the Desert Festival 2022
The city is gearing up to welcome tourists for the Desert Festival from February 13 to 16. The festival is aimed at showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. From folk dances to folk music performances set against the backdrop of the stunning sand dunes, the cultural extravaganza enthralls tourists with a range of offerings. The dunes come to life during the grand festival, leaving visitors smitten with a plethora of cultural delights.
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Camel races are the highlight of the festival. The city of Jaisalmer will be beautifully decorated to welcome visitors from across the country. The magnificently lit Jaisalmer Fort is truly a sight to behold.
Organised by Rajasthan Tourism and District Administration, Jaisalmer, the festival will begin in Pokhran, with a ceremonial procession on February 13. This will be followed by camel safaris, camel decoration, and performances by local artists in Khuri. On February 14, visitors will get to enjoy moustache and turban tying competitions, a quintessential Rajasthani experience.
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Tourists can also look forward to attending a game of camel polo on February 15. There will be fun events like kabaddi, tug of war, and matka race. The Border Security Force (BSF) will also present a camel tattoo show. One of the main highlights of the day will be the Shan-E-Marudhara competition. The festival will end on February 16, with a series of interesting events in Kuldhara, Khaba, and Lanela Rann.
Singer Javed Ali will mesmerise visitors at Desert Symphony, a soulful Sufi night. Ali has been winning millions of hearts with his rendition of the superhit song Srivalli from the Allu Arjun starrer Pushpa.
Jaisalmer is also home to some of the country’s best sand artists. Tourists will be able to appreciate some gorgeous sand art at the Shaheed Poonam Singh Stadium and Sam sand dunes. The serene Gadisagar Lake will be an important venue too. Tourists can head there to enjoy local musicians playing algoza, Rajasthan’s state music instrument. Padamshree Anwar Khan Baiyan will also be performing here.
The tourism department will also host a Deepdaan ceremony at the Gadisagar Lake, where tourists will release earthen lamps in the water. This will be followed by a spectacular display of fireworks. Rajasthan Tourism is also organising the Jalore Festival from February 15 to 17, in the lesser-known town of Jalore.