Jaisalmer Rajashtan Tours Travel


Activities in Jaisalmer

If you enjoy the slow rhythmic pace of the camel, the camel safari of Jaisalmer is an absolute must. Most camel safaris are organized in the winter, when the weather is cooler, since safaris during the summer months are simply impossible. If at all you decide to take up a safari during the summers, make sure it’s a night one, and enjoy the unique experience of roaming under the stars at night. Most safaris are organized on routine tracks, and vary from one to three days. En route, the tourist gets to stop at temples, shrines and villages to get the real feel of  Rajasthan . For those who are less adventurous , there
Camel Safari in Jaisalmer
are short camel rides in and around Jaisalmer, which offer a classic view of the havelis and are extremely pleasurable!

Events in Jaisalmer

Desert Festival in Jaisalmer
Once a year during the month of February, the sands around Jaisalmer begin to breathe with the radiant colors, music and laughter of the Desert Festival. Dressed in brilliantly hued costumes, the people of the desert dance and sing haunting ballads of valor, romance and tragedy. The fair has snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers. Camels, of course, play a stellar role in this festival, where the rich and colorful folk culture of Rajasthan is on show. The festival reaches its finale with an enchanting sound and light show amidst the sand  dunes  on  a   moonlit   night . The   Jaisalmer   fort  provides  an
ethereal backdrop to this annual desert festival.

Shopping in Jaisalmer

While you traipse along the colorful markets of Jaisalmer, you will pick up a whole lot of souvenirs, from the intricate stonework of Jaisalmer, to the skillfully carved wooden boxes that reproduce the intricacies of the stone carvers in wood. Tie-and-dye fabrics, mirror-work, unique embroidery patterns, typical Rajasthani silver jewellery, brilliantly hued traditional rugs, hand-woven blankets and shawls with typical Rajasthani weave are also good keepsakes to look out for. The items made out of camel leather are a must-have.

Jaisalmer is famous for its embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, and the finely cut antiques. Just outside the fort is Manak Chowk, the marketplace of Jaisalmer. The market is famous for bargaining of local products. Jaisalmer is also a good place for buying exquisitely embroidered garments with mirror work in a brilliant mosaic of colours, traditional rugs, blankets and shawls, silver jewellery, stonework, carpets made from camel hair, and colourful silk and cotton cloth.

Cuisine in Jaisalmer

When you travel to Rajasthan, be sure not to miss out the opportunity to try out the palatable Rajathani cuisine. This ‘land of kings’ is a treasure house of culinary delight, both within the palaces and outside. In the early days, preparation of food in the royal kitchens of Rajasthan was a very serious matter ad was raised to an art form.

In Jaisalmer, cooks use minimum amount of water and prefer instead, to use more milk, buttermilk and clarified butter. Dried lentils, beans from indigenous plants like Sangri and Ker, also savour the taste of various chutneys made from local spices as turmeric, coriander, mint and garlic. In addition, besides these spicy flavours, also try out the distinguished popular specialty, sweet Ghota and Boondi laddoos.

Festivals in Jaisalmer

The city of Jaisalmer puts on a festive look a few days before the spring full moon, when musicians, dancers and performers from all over Rajasthan start moving in a colourful camel caravan towards the golden city. The otherwise bleak landscape is splashed with vibrant colours marking the opening of the Desert Festival. The 12th-century fort of Jaisalmer, built in yellow sandstone, provides a fairytale background. Over the years, the desert dwellers in their solitude have woven a fascinating tapestry with threads of music and rhythm. The Desert Festival is a  commemoration of their heritage . It is a treat of a
Festivals in Jaisalmer
lifetime to see the art forms against a landscape that has nurtured them for hundreds of years.

With the arrival of the artists a delightful series of programmes begins in and around Jaisalmer. Through the winding lanes of the fortified town to the sand dunes, and even the rivers of abandoned villages, the music casts a magical spell. Drifting at sunrise, it reaches its zenith under the umbrella of the star-studded sky. Though it is mainly a festival of performing arts, there are several other events that give a glimpse of the desert culture.

Camels are an integral part of Rajasthani life. The camel fair confirms this fact. Special efforts go into dressing the animal for entering the spectacular competition of the best-dressed camel. Interestingly, there is a folk song to describe the making of the camel’s necklace—the Gorband. Camel owners vie with each other for winning the camel races. To add some more fun and colour, the camel show has two unique events—the camel polo and the camel dance.

Other interesting competitions that happen are the moustache and turban tying competitions, which not only demonstrate the glorious tradition but also inspire its preservation. Keeping the moustache twisted upwards meant keeping the pride intact while drooping moustaches conveyed complete surrender. Tying a turban is not only an intriguing tradition but an art as well. Varying styles of tying the turban and the colours describe the caste, region, and also the occasion.

Throughout the day, the visitors can come face to face with the desert craftsmen. Delicately embroidered skirts, hand-woven shawls, rugs, carvings on wood and stone, camel decorations, embroidered leather bags, ethnic silver jewellery and terracotta are brought in from all over the desert.

Although the basic design of the festival remains the same, each year there are a few new events. Some of the most spectacular and memorable shows of past festivals have been the dream-like pageant, “Blood, Blade and Romance” on the sand dunes, recreating the legendary past; the camel tattoo of the Border Security Force, which has a highly trained camel corps to guard the western border; and the pulsating folk ensemble of a hundred musicians.

Getting There & Away to Jaisalmer

Flights to Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is well connected by the flights to and from New Delhi, Jodhpur and Jaipur. The Jaisalmer Airport is in the cantonment area, which is 5 km away from the city center and is managed by the Indian Air Force. It is operational only from September to March, the main season.
Trains to Jaisalmer
There are daily trains to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur, which is well linked to all the major cities by the network of trains such as Agra, Jaipur, New Delhi, Mumbai and many more. The Jaisalmer Railway Station is just a 10-minute drive from Gadi Sagar Pol.
Car and Bus Service to Jaisalmer
Smooth network of roads and luxury coaches connect Jaisalmer to all the major cities of Rajasthan such as Bikaner, Jaipur and Jodhpur. The main Bus Stand is situated near the Railway Station, but all the major buses are available from a Bus Depot situated at the city centre.

Getting Around in Jaisalmer

For local transport, unmetered jeeps and auto-rickshaws are available near the railway station. One can also hire a bike for the day from Gopa Chowk. However, being the small city it is, Jaisalmer is best explored on foot.                               
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