The Historical Jaisalmer Desert Festival Is Back With Its 44th Edition

From February 3rd to 5th the festival will be held in the dunes of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan


The historical Jaisalmer Desert Festival Is back with Its 44th edition. It will be held from February 3rd to 4th in the dunes of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan.  With the rich culture and heritage of Rajasthan visitors will enjoy the city’s beautiful landscape. The three-day-long event will also witness folk music and folk-dance performances with plenty of other cultural delights. 

The festival is going to house performances by eminent musicians and playback singers like duo Salim Suleiman, Ankit Tiwari, Salman Ali, Shanmukha Priya, and Raghu Dixit Project are going to set the environment ablaze with their surreal performances. The festival will also host one of the youngest and fastest-rising electronic acts by the Atrangi Project. The highlight of the festival is the helicopter ride through which visitors can get an eagle’s view of Jaisalmer’s beautiful decoration and experience the magnificence of Jaisalmer Fort which is a sight to behold.

Art camps with a live art activation by around 20-25 artists are an attraction that can be savored by art enthusiasts. The festival is an important platform to celebrate the skillful artistry of the handicrafts community and will see a handpicked handicraft collection at the Handicrafts Bazaar by a self-help handicraft group from Jaisalmer at the Shaheed Poonam Singh Stadium. Tourists attending the festival will be able to witness a beautiful sky with celestial bodies at the Sam dunes and Khuri dunes. Tourists can head to the Sam Dunes and Khuri Dunes to revel in the Camel Safari, Motor Paragliding, Helicopter Ride, Kalbeliya Dance, and Jaisalmer Folk songs.

Rooparam Meghwal, Member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, said “Jaisalmer Desert Festival is an expressive way to celebrate or indulge in the glorious graphic heritage of Rajasthan. Guests at the festival will have appropriate moments to rejoice in the celebration with their loved ones. All the guests at Jaisalmer Desert Festival will be witnessing the traditional roots of Rajasthan in different forms, from local folk fare to other festive celebrations. Talking about the significance of the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer, its main objective is to showcase to worldwide spectators the artistic side of royal Rajasthan in the best possible way! It is all about spraying its colors, playing the local folks and dances, and whirring its heels from the hub of Thar Desert. In the folk fusion of Jaisalmer, tourists alike – whether domestic or international, will be taking a deep plunge into Rajasthan’s traditional colors like never before.”

Gajendra Singh, Owner of The Mamas, Resort & Camp, said, “Jaisalmer Desert Festival is one of the most popular and colorful cultural events of Rajasthan, which is visited by several tourists. It is the best platform to portray the state’s culture and traditions through dance, music, and other art forms. Rafting through the pits and falling on the shimmering sands is the most sought-after feature of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2023. In this activity, one will be riding in a 4X4 vehicle on the dunes, alongside off-roading on the dunes under expert supervision. And apart from dune bashing, there’s quad biking in the Thar Desert, and parasailing to give tourists an incredible adrenaline rush!”

Jitendra Singh Rathore, President, Red Cross Society, Jaisalmer, said, “During the desert festival, the sands around Jaisalmer are adorned with vibrant hues of music and dance, accompanied with sounds of laughter and joy. Musicians entice you with haunting ballads – a mixture of romantic verses weaved together with tunes of tragic pain. The fair has snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats, and folk performers. Camels, also play a stellar role. This desert festival of India closes with an enchanting sound and light show amid the sand dunes on a moonlight night. Evenings are meant for the main shows of music and dance. Continuing till late into the night, the number of spectators increases by each night and on the final day, under the full moonlight night, the whole place is swarming with people who make it a point to be there to witness this mega show.”

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