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Festival spotlight: The Jaisalmer Desert Festival in Rajasthan, India

Jaisalmer Festival is a celebration of traditional Rajasthani culture. Over three days you’ll see camel races, turban-tying competitions, hear traditional Rajasthani music, see fire dancing and (surely the highlight) see the customary moustache contest: fittingly called the Mr. Desert competition. Finally, the men among us who lack the washboard abs, barrel chests and finely-chiselled features so highly prized by more conventional pageants have something to look forward to! Gentlemen, grow those moustaches!

The Jaisalmer Desert festival was started in order to showcase to visitors as many facets of Rajasthani life as possible, making it ideal for foreigners who want to get a feel for the traditional way of life in this part of India. Rounded off with a surreal performance by local folk singers on the moon-lit dunes of Sam, the Jaisalmer Festival promises to be a lot of fun and a culturally stimulating experience too.

Some background on Rajasthan: The largest state in India, Rajasthan is also home to the Thar Desert. The capital, Jaipur, is an architecturally flamboyant city often referred to as ‘The Pink City.’ Some of city’s highlights include the City Palace, the Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar, a medieval astronomical observatory. Get a view from above with our famous hot-air balloon rides, a totally unique way of seeing this amazing city from on high.

For more information on the Jaisalmer Desert Festival and other festivals taking place in India this year and beyond, visit our India Festivals and Events page. And look out for our new India brochure on the way soon!

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