With mirage-like sandstone structures, moving sand dunes in Thar Desert, and colourful folklore, the city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan casts a unique spell on its visitors. Besides its rich culture and history, the Golden City is also popular for Jaisalmer Desert Festival, which is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. During this three-day event, it feels as if the entire Rajasthan has come under one roof. From Rajasthani food to local handicrafts, and folk music performances to a camel ride, Jaisalmer Desert Festival offers a memorable experience to its participants. Also, February (Magh), when this event is organized, is considered to be the best time to visit the city. Further, tourists can explore historical forts, majestic palaces, Jain temples and wildlife in this desert city.
Thousands of tourists, not from India alone but abroad as well, attend Jaisalmer Desert Festival, which lends them an opportunity to closely witness the vibrant life of people living in Thar. Other than the rendezvous with local traditions, the event is a show of talent. Let’s have a look at some of the festival highlights!
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When in Jaisalmer to attend the popular festival, you must explore the city as well. From historical structures to traditional food, there is a lot Jaisalmer can offer to its visitors.
In order to completely enjoy and soak in the festivities of the desert festival, you must plan the trip in advance booking considering the mode of transport.
By Road: Jaisalmer is easily accessible for those travelling via road. It is only a few hours’ drive away from major Rajasthan cities such as Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur and Bikaner. Buses also ply from major cities nearby like Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur and New Delhi.
By Train: The city also witnesses frequent train trips to and from the major Indian cities. With a dedicated railway station, reaching Jaisalmer by train is extremely convenient.
By Air: The city doesn’t have a dedicated airport but the government is planning to develop one soon. As of now, the nearest airport, an Indian Air Force base, is 5 km away from the city centre. Further, tourists can hire cabs to reach Jaisalmer from Jodhpur Airport.