When we think about the golden sands, the name that instantly crops up in our mind is Jaisalmer. The ‘Golden City’ as it is popularly known attracts tourists from all across the globe. Situated in the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is famous for its sand dunes, folk dance, culture and tradition and of course the Fort. The name of place stands for ‘Fort of Jaisal’ wherein Jaisal or Maharaja Jaisal Singh happens to be the founder of the city. While the destination witnesses vacationers all the year round, it is during the Jaisalmer Festival that it encounters the maximum crowd. In order to taste the local culture at its best, one must take a Jaisalmer tour during this time of the year.
Significance of Jaisalmer Festival
There’s always a reason behind every event that takes place. Similar is the case with this fest. It is said that Lord Krishna who belonged to the Yadav community had made a prediction as per which a successor of his clan would rule the Trikuta Hill. When King Jaisal took over the land in the 12th century, the prophecy came true leading to a grand celebration among the locals. Since then, the festivities during this time are conducted with much enthusiasm and vigour.
Events under the Jaisalmer Festival
The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is a cultural showcase of the local activities, cuisine and talent. The folk dances of the place especially the Gair and Fire performance along with the music is surely going to win your hearts. A Rajasthan tour is incomplete without a camel ride. Since they are an integral part of the Rajasthani lifestyle, a camel race is pretty much synonymous to the fest. The colourful turbans tied in the typical style is surely mesmerizing and a competition about one is a must see. Moreover, the longest moustache showcasing event and a tug-of-war puts in a great contribution towards offering entertainment in the better way. The festival ends with a trip to the Sam sand dunes.
Date of the Festival: 20th to 22nd February 2016
Hotels in Jaisalmer
When it comes to accommodation, there is no dearth of good hotels in Jaisalmer. Ranging from budget options to high end haveli stay, the royal city has it all. Hotel Royal Haveli, Hotel Lalgarh Fort & Palace and Fort Rajwada are some of the best hotels here. For more options, travellers can browse through a list of hotels on Goibobo.
Places to Visit in Jaisalmer
The city of sand dunes has a lot of attractions such as The Jaisalmer Fort, Desert Cultural Centre and the Gadsisar Lake. Some must see places in Jaisalmer also include the intricately designed Jain temples. Known for their Dilwara paintings and exclusive architecture, these Jain temples are located in the fort itself and are dedicated to the Jain Tirthankars. To get an in-depth information about the city, visit our Jaisalmer Travel Guide.