Jaisalmer Desert Festival is set among the beautiful sand dunes of the Thar desert in the month of February. The Festival happens for a period of three days and is a perfect amalgamation of Rajasthani culture, handicrafts, art, and cuisine. The enthusiasm of the Rajasthani people is seen at every nook and corner. This year it is the 44th edition of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival and is scheduled from 3rd to 5th February 2023. The experience of the golden sands, amidst the ancient havelis and forts, is equally enchanting for the tourists as well as for the locals. Do visit the festival if you are planning a trip to Rajasthan or even if you're a local from Rajasthan, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture the region has to offer.
Top 9 Things To Do At The Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2023
1. Enroll In Astro Tourism
Shooting and promotion of "The Skies of Jaisalmer" and consecutive astronomy workshops to help the visitors spot constellations and planets in the beautiful and clear night sky of Jaisalmer. The event is scheduled to be undertaken on all days.
2. Enjoy Contemporary Music
Artists like Salim-Suliiman, Ankit Tiwari, Salman Ali and Shanmukha Priya among more, are all lined up artists that will perform contemporary music at the festival. There will also be acts by Atrangi Project which is an electronic act by India's young talents and Raghu Dixit Project which is yet another singer-composer.
3. Visit The Jaisalmer Border
The golden desert has a lot to offer. The festival usually promotes tourism in the area with visits to the Jaisalmer border, Longewala Post, the famous Tanot Mata Mandir, and the most organic sand dunes with guarding camels.
4. Photography Exhibition
A photography exhibition is arranged at the festival with a collection of old and gold pictures of Jaisalmer and the Desert Festival held in the prior years.
5. Attend An Art Camp
On 3rd February 2023, a live art activation is arranged which will include around 20 to 25 artists. This is an experience that should totally be on your checklist.
6. Shop For Souvenirs At The Handicrafts Bazaar
Any festival is incomplete without shopping for local handicrafts and thus there is an exhibition arranged on the 3rd of February 2023. A handpicked collection of handicrafts by a self-help group from Jaisalmer will be available at the Shaheed Poonam Singh Stadium. The festival aims to encourage local art and craft done by men and women.
7. Indulge In Local Cuisine
The initiative started by the 'I Love Jaisalmer Foundation' will see homes and people in Jaisalmer opening their gates to guests and tourists. The visitors will be invited to enjoy the scrumptious food of the city and local delicacies served in a huge thali at the same table as the families of Jaisalmer. This session will take place on the 3rd of February.
8. Immerse Yourself In Instrumental Music With Yoga
The festival has arranged yoga with calming music with a well-thought playlist for the guests. The zen-like meditative music would be the perfect accompaniment to the yoga practices. These will be conducted on 4th February 2023.
9. Watch The Air Warrior Drill Show
The Air Warrior Drill Team "Subroto" (AWDT) is the ceremonial drill team of the Indian Air Force, a platoon-sized formation. It was founded in 2004 as the first precision exhibition drill unit of its kind in the Indian Armed Forces. The drill will be conducted on the 4th of February, 2023.
We hope you enjoy the Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2023 in all its glory and grandeur.