Taking place in the Hindu month of Magh (February) Jaisalmer Desert Festival is set among the beautiful sand dunes of the Thar desert. The aura of this event feels like a nice blend of something romantic and pure.  

It is like saying that the month of February, during this event, gets a certain sense of life with lots of songs, dance, bright colors in the Thar desert. The Jaisalmer Desert Festival happens for a period of about three days and is celebrated with the right tinge of desi Rajasthani enthusiasm. Celebrated amid the ancient Havelis and forts, this event is quite a satisfying experience for the tourists. 

This festival was mainly founded with a vision to introduce people, especially international tourists, to the Rajasthani culture. And it is perhaps owing to the Rajasthani culture’s fascinating traits that all the events see full attendance during these three days. In 2023, Desert Festival will take place around February 14 to 16.

History of Desert Festival Jaisalmer

According to the legends, once upon a time, Lord Krishna told Arjuna that one of his successors will be responsible for setting up his kingdom on the hill named Trikuta. And then, as it is believed, in 1196, the prediction came true when the king named Rawal Jaiswal established his kingdom in Jaisalmer. For this, grand celebrations were organized throughout the kingdom. And soon, these celebrations were converted and are now celebrated as the popular festival of Rajasthan, the Desert Festival.  

Major Attractions of Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2023 Celebrations

1. The Preparations

The preparations for this event start a few days before. Musicians, dancers, and performers from all over Rajasthan can be seen arriving in colorful camel caravans which head to Jaisalmer. And with the arrival of these artists, a delightful series of various programs begin in and around Jaisalmer.

2. A Mix of Fun and Frolic

When it comes to fun, then the Jaisalmer Desert Festival is truly an excellent mix of jugglery performances, folk dance forms, fire dances, and exciting contests like Mr.  & Miss Desert. As this festival is all about the Rajasthani heritage, one can also discover various shopping options such as rugs, carvings on wood and stone, camel decorations and so much more. The evenings of this festival are essentially meant for music and dance which vibrate in desert drums and can be heard for miles. 

Other highlights of this year’s Desert Festival include Camel Polo Match, Camel Tattoo Show, Shaan-e-Marudhara, Camel Decoration, Moustache Competition, Turban Tying Competition, Ghoomar Dance, and Panihari Matka Race. The thrilling desert safari on camels and jeeps will be organized during the festival.

3. Who is going to attend the Desert Festival?

The festival organizers have asked the Indian Air Force to perform air warrior drills, Suryakiran acrobatic demonstration, and Akash Ganga skydiving during this year’s avatar of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival. Prominent Bollywood celebrities, Pankaj Tripathi and Sanjay Mishra are also going to embrace the festival with their presence. 

How to Reach Jaisalmer for Desert Festival 2023

Jaisalmer is the kind of place which is all about knowing and exploring the essence of Indian culture. Traveling here can be a lifetime experience for anyone. From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru this place is located at a distance of 782 km, 1,066 km, 2,088 km, and 2,028 km respectively. Let’s discuss how you can reach here via the following routes.

By Air

Jaisalmer has its own airport of the same name. However, it is not well connected with other cities. This airport which has a single runway of 9,000 feet operates six days a week in cities like Mumbai, Jaipur, Surat, Jodhpur. In the current timeline, only Spicejet along with Truejet airlines are the main airline service providers.

It is believed that Zoomair and IndiGo would soon be starting their services to this place. Apart from Jaisalmer Airport, the most recommended airport to visit here is Jodhpur Airport which is located at an approx distance of 280 km.

Jodhpur Aiport (JDH) is majorly a civil enclave airport operated upon by the Airport Authority of India. In 2017, the local government had signed an MOU with Indian Air Force regarding its expansion. Many airlines like Spicejet, Vistara, Air India, IndiGo operate to and fro providing good overall connectivity.

After deboarding at Jodhpur airport, you would further need to cover the remaining distance via bus, train, or cab. A bus from this location can cost you around Rs.400-700. Taking a train will also cost pretty much the same.

By Road

Jaisalmer has good road connectivity with other Indian cities via road networks. Here's how you can reach there from different places.

  • From Delhi, you will need to cover a total distance of 782 km via NH11

  • From Bikaner, you will need to cover 331 km via NH11 or Phalsund Jaisalmer Road

  • From Agra, you will need to cover 795 km via NH48 or Bikaner-Agra Road

  • From Jaipur, you will need to cover 555 km via NH11.

You can also consider traveling to Jaisalmer via interstate buses. Buses of RSTRC (Rajasthan State Travel Road Corporation) operate to and fro nearby cities at affordable prices.   

By Train

Jaisalmer has its own train station of the same name. It has about three platforms and a total of five railway tracks. Some major trains which run to and fro this particular station are Ranikhet Express, Jaisalmer-Jodhpur Express, Jaisalmer-Lalgarh Express, and a few more.

From places like Jaipur, you can board Runicha Express via Jaipur Junction. From Delhi, you can board Ranikhet Express or Runicha Express via New Delhi Railway Station. After deboarding at the station, you will have to cover the remaining distance via a cab or auto to reach your destination. 

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