Desert Winter promises warm, balmy days and invigorating, crisp nights, but
the sand dunes of the Thar desert promise a celebration. Welcome to the
Jaisalmer Desert Festival held each year on the Sam Sand Dunes, about 42 kms
from Jaisalmer. Desert Festival is a major attraction of Jaisalmer and it is
the best occasion to view the rich and rich and colorful culture of
Rajasthan. Visitors from the country and all over the world throng the town
to join the festival.
The three day festival is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism department on
the full moon day of February. With bright royal attires of Rajput
traditions, the males and females took part in the processions. Desert
Festival is a cultural platform for the rich dance and music of the state.
Spectators enjoy the bhangra dance, stick dance, bull fight, the competition
of moustache and turban, folk songs etc. Camel races and dances, folk music,
religious songs, ballads, puppeteers, snake charmers, acrobats - are all
part of the activity.
At the milky white moon light of Poornima a sound and light
drama is performed at Sam Sand Dunes. As darkness falls, Sam Sand Dunes come
alive to the balladeers with the soulful songs of the warrior kings and
their consorts as the puppeteers dramatize the epics. Mornings are the time
for the Camels to wear the finery and 'walk the walk' as their owners
compete for the 'Best Dressed' prize. In the Desert Festival you will see
men with long moustaches, like peacocks these men stroke and twirl their
hairy prized possessions. For these men "Mr. Desert" contest is
organized, which attracts a lot of contestants, all vying to be the
'hairiest of them all.'
Jaisalmer Desert Festival is also known for the Turban-tying competition,
which is a popular activity among the visitors. In the competition the
participants try to turn the long colourful fabric into turbans. Very often
the turban-tier fumbles and turban ends up like a coiled snake on the head
and spectators break into peals of laughter. The tug-of war is another
famous event in which strangers get together to lend their strength to pull
the rope. If you or your team is not strong enough you might end up is a
pile of routed humans, which sets off a lot of laughs.
Embroidered skirts and leather bags, Hand-woven shawls, Rugs, Carvings on
wood and stone, Ethnic silver jewelry, Terracotta and several other items
are sold in the Desert Festival. RTDC built temporary tourist village in the
desert festival for competition. In the last day of the festival an
illuminated firework is also displayed.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival Tour
Destinations covered :
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Khimsar, Bikaner, Shekhawati
Day 01: Arrival at Delhi
The company representative shall meet you in the arrival visitor's launch at the Indira Gandhi International Airport with a paging board. You will be transfer to your hotel. The representative shall complete formalities of checking in the hotel. There will be a complete introduction to the consolidated culture of an ancient land, a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India.
Overnight will be at Delhi.
Day 02: A Day Trip to Old Delhi
In the morning take your breakfast and be ready to explore the capital of kingdoms and empires. You will be visiting the Old Delhi. This part of Delhi owes its origins to Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It offers monuments, narrowed streets and bustling bazaars. The main structure is the Red fort built of red sandstone; it houses the famous Diwan-e-khas, the beautiful audience chamber where the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan held his court by sitting on the peacock throne. Over night stay at the hotel.
Day 03: A Day Trip to New Delhi
Commence your city tour of New Delhi after breakfast. Drive past the state Government buildings designed by Lutyens, visiting Rajpath leading up from the war memorial arch India gate, up to the imposing presidential palace - the Rashtrapati bhawan - built on Raisina hill and flanked by the secretariat buildings. Landscaped parks and formal gardens surround the magnificent monuments all over the city. You will also drive through Connaught Circus and Diplomatic Enclaves. The tour is ended at the tower Minaret of Qutab Minar another attraction of this edifice is an amazing 2000-year-old iron pillar erected in 4 AD, which has never rusted. Evening at your leisure, enjoy some recreational activities in the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Delhi/Agra
Morning after breakfast you will be driven in luxury tourist coach to Agra. Enjoy the drive on the well-developed high way road to Agra. After reaching your destination check in at the hotel. Relax and get energetic for a day trip of Agra Ciry. It will be a real treat for your eyes, a memory you will cherish through out your life. Beside Taj Agra has lot in its treasures.Night at hotel.
Day 05: Agra/ Jaipur
Next morning proceed for your next destination-Jaipur. By afternoon you will be reaching the pink city of Rajasthan. After lunch our first tourist destination will be Amber fort another attraction of the fort is the elephant safari that can be hired from below the fort. The fort is perched on a hilltop and has some marvelous architectural splendor. The day itinerary will be including Shish Mahal, a beautiful palace, the interior of the palace is embellished with glasswork, will definitely spellbinds you. This visit will be accompanied by Maharaja Man Singh's Palace who had twelve queens.
Evenings will be at hotel .
Day 06: Full Day Sightseeing of Jaipur City
After breakfast, you will head for the Pink City to see the 18th century astronomical observatory, Jantar Mantar and the captivating City Palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The palace had some unique collection of delicate paintings, royal costumes, jewelry and arms and ammunitions, you cannot escape from the charm of this marvelous wonder. Enjoy the typical Rajasthani cuisine at Rajasthan Village displaying typical Rajasthani culture and tradition. The evening are at your leisure, you can stroll around the bustling bazaars of Jaipur and go for some exquisite shopping of Tie-Dai, mirror work textiles.
Stay for the night at your hotel.
Day 07: Jaipur/Ajmer
Next morning drive for Ajmer City, one of the most holy pilgrimage center of Muslims. You will be visiting here the Dargah or tomb of the great Sufi saint Khwaja Moin- ud- Din Chisti. The visit will be followed by visiting the Akbar's Palace of Mughal Emperor Akbar where his son Jehangir received Sir Thomas Roe for granting him permission of trade with India.
Day 08: Ajmer/Jodhpur
We drive to Jodhpur, night at the hotel. Morning after breakfast full day tour is arranged for you. Located at the edge of the Thar Desert, this royal city of Jodhpur echoes with stories of antiquity in the vast, lonely desert. The city is full of desert charisma as you start your cruiser through Jodhpur City. You will notice that the rough barren terrain of the desert has the stipule green cactus, shrubs and Keekar trees main vegetation of the Jodhpur City. On en-route pay a visit to the famous Jain Temples of Rannkpur.
Night at hotel.
Day 09: Jodhpur/Jaisalmer
Mounting from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden fantasy is the city of Jaisalmer. Reaching the city at noon, After lunch you will be visiting the living Forts, havelis belonging to various merchants and Gadisar-the pond. Another attraction of the city is its Desert Festival- that took place every year around January-February. It is worth making a trip at the festival time, which is entrusted with many cultural events, camel races, folk dances, colorful bazaar and traditional singing of folk songs. Viewing sun setting from the dunes of sand is a mesmerizing experiencing.
Day 10: Jaisalmer/Khimsar
After breakfast we'll head for Khimsar. On arrival in the town you will check in at the hotel and thereafter visit the Khimsar Fort. The fort will takes you back to the by gone era of Rajputana Regime. The fort has some magnificent structures inside its colossal walls, a must visit sight.
Over night stay at the hotel.
Day 11: Khimsar/ Bikaner
From Khimsar we will be proceeding to Bikaner, on arrival check in the hotel. First you will be taken to unbeatable fort of Junagarh, your next visit will be the camel breeding farm, here you will be given informed about the camel breeding, the care that has been given to the camels in respect to medical facilities. In Bikaner also make a visit to the exquisite palaces and luxurious parks and don't forget to purchase Bikaner Snacks and Sweets another attraction of the city.
Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 12: Bikaner/ Shekhawati
In the morning hours you will be leaving for Shekhrawati. By the lunchtime you will be in the city, after having lunch at the hotel relax for some time in the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an amazing visit to the palatial havelies. You will definitely cherish the exquisite paintings and frescoes that bedeck these havelis.
Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 13: Shekhawati/Delhi
Next day after breakfast proceed back to your destination. By afternoon you will reach to Delhi. Check in the hotel, whole evening is at your leisure, you can go to Connaught Place, Palika Bazaar for shopping or just for freaking out.
Over night at hotel. A lavish farewell dinner awaits you at night.
Day 14: Delhi- Departure
Morning you will be accompanied by our agent to the International Indira Gandhi Airport for your next exciting destination.