Jaisalmer Desert Festival was celebrated by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation at the beautiful Golden Desert City of Jaisalmer from 20th February to 22nd February.
The three day festival was started to attract tourists across the globe who always look forward to explore various facets of Rajasthan. The three-day event focuses on Rajasthani folk songs and dance to promote Jaisalmer culture and traditions. These are presented by some of the best professionals of the art. This festival is held annually in the Hindu month of Magh (February), three days prior to the full moon.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2016 celebration was an extravaganza of sights, smells, tastes and unique delights of the desert city. It was all about camel races, puppeteers, jugglers, polo matches, men with long mustaches, turban tying competitions, locals dressed in colorful traditional dresses, etc
The festival began with a ceremonial procession, locally known as Shobha Yatra where local Rajputs and other clans dressed in their traditional attire, carried swords atop horses, camels, and elephants were cheered on as they entered the Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium, one of the main venues of the desert festival. Dressed in vibrant and colorful attire, the people of Rajasthan sang and danced to lingering ballads of heroism, romance and tragedy of yore. Fireworks were also exploded across the sky.
The grand finale of the festival was the Rajasthani folk concert following an Air Force display, cricket match and parachuting. The festival ended with an enchanting music and light show in the moonlit night amid sand dunes with a promise to come back with even more fun and entertainment next year.