Jaisalmer Desert Festival 7th February to 9th February 2020

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Location : Rajasthan, India

Destination type : Cultural

Ever witnessed 5000 people tying turban together? Well Jaisalmer International Dessert Festival is about lots of amusements like this. Every year during February this festival is organized by Rajasthan Tourism Department with vibrant colours and music in the air.

History of Jaisalmer  desert festival

  1. According to  Hindu mythology Lord Krishna once said to Arjuna that one of the future rulers of the Yadav clan will built his kingdom on the Trikuta Hills . When Rana Jaisal founded Jailsalmer the local people dress in their best costumes and sing folk songs to welcome the festival with open arms and enthusiasm. They wait for this festival as soon as the winter arrives and the adieu the season with a note of celebration of their culture . This could be one event which inspired the ceration of Desert Festival
  2. Jaisalmer was a key stopover to the trade routes to Central Asia, Egypt, Arab and Persia, and this led to several trade fairs and festivals which inspired the Jaisalmer Desert Festival
  3. Since 2017, the department of tourism reinvented the event as Jaisalmer desert festival to attract domestic and international tourists

Activities for tourists during Jaisalmer  Desert Festival

  1. Enjoy the traditional dance forms and folk song recitals
  2. Participate in Turban tying competition
  3. Witness Longest mustache competition, camel race and Marusree competition
  4. Indulge in exotic Rajasthani cuisine
  5. Catch a glimpse of puppet shows, snake charmers, acrobats, local musicians, mehandi artists, and art work sellers

How to reach there


Jaisalmer airport has regular or six days in week flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahemdabad, Surat and Jodhpur


The Jaisalmer Railway Station has good connectivity with major Indian cities through a broad network of trains. From major cities such as Delhi and Jaipur, there are direct trains available for Jaisalmer. 

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Desert National park ( 40 kms away)
  2. Sam Sand dunes (42 kms away)
  3. Khuri ( 50kms away)
  4. Barmer ( 139 kms away)
  5. Khaba fort ( 36 kms away)

Some hotels in Jaisalmer for tourists and tour operators with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Hotel Nachana Haveli https://www.nachanahaveli.com/

Hotel Royal Haveli http://www.royalhavelijaisalmer.com/

Desert safari Camp http://www.desertsafaricampjaisalmer.com/

Chokhi Dhani The Palace Hotel Jaisalmer https://chokhidhani.com/

Hotel The Royale Jaisalmer http://www.royalejaisalmer.com/



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