Jaisalmer Desert Festival: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

“The Thar desert of Jaisalmer is a golden mirage in the sands, a fantasyland of fortresses, a city frozen in time with the winds whispering secrets of another age.” - Tanya Anne Crenshaw.

A city that sparkles through the desert sands of Rajasthan, A city of mystery and towering fortresses. Jaisalmer should be one of the must-visit places on your India Travel Itinerary. The winding alleyways, and the bustling bazaars, honestly give you a sense of the magnanimous cultural hub that is India. Walking through the sloped roads, with beautiful and authentic Rajasthani arts and crafts catching your eye every few meters, this vibrant and historically rich place is an emotion you’re bound to carry in your heart for the rest of your life. The grandeur, that is, the Jaisalmer Palace, is a different world in itself altogether. You can try picturing it on camera, but no picture will ever do justice to the magnanimity of the structure and the grace with which it stands as an epitome of history and roots. Peeping through the little windows and jharokhas, walking through the narrow ‘galis’ or the wide walkways which were once meant for the elephants of the rulers who lived there, the entire commotion is indescribable. Walking on paths where thousands of different stories lived is like taking a dip into history like none other. As the night begins to encapsulate the city, the starry sky lights it up, like a fairy tale coming to life. Jaisalmer is a blend where the past and present collide in a mesmerising folk dance, which is bound to invoke a sense of belonging, even if you’re visiting the city for the first time. You’re inevitably going to leave a piece of your heart there, and you’re going to take away the yellow sandstone city with you wherever you go.

The Jaisalmer Desert festival is an annual celebration in the heart of the Thar Desert, in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India, in the Hindu month of Magh (FEBRUARY). It is a colourful and vibrant amalgamation of rich Rajasthani cultural heritage. This festival includes a variety of traditional music, dance, and food. It brings forth various local activities in the form of competitions such as turban tying and camel races. You also get to experience the beautiful Gadisar lake. While you sail in the beautiful calm of the waters, the natural surroundings are an enjoyable experience for all your senses. It would be best if you prepared yourself to get swooned off by the spectacular display of traditional Rajasthani folk music and dance performances. There’s a lot available for the shopper inside you in the form of local handicrafts, jewellery, and textiles. Allow yourself to discover the magic of this desert oasis. The Jaisalmer Desert festival is an experience to dive into and has an unforgettable experience.

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