Jaisalmer Recalls: Reasons why you should plan a vacation in Thar.

Book your train tickets via IRCTC today, and move for a journey to an exotic land of the sand "Thar". Tips on what to do , what to see and how to reach at Jaisalmer Desert festival 2019. Background history of the desert festival and celebration description.

February, the month of love and leisure is right ahead! Plan and pack up your bags to proceed to Jaisalmer with your loved ones. Book your train tickets via IRCTC today, and move for a journey to an exotic land of the sand "Thar". Here are the reasons enlisted below stating why you should plan this month for a desert vacation.

Why Jaisalmer:
"RRR" defines this beautiful place: R-Romantic, Relaxing, and Rare. Off- course, this place has its own beauty which amuses the tourists with its colourful lifestyle and culture. Most importantly, this place is untouched to the hustle and bustle of the city which gives you the perfect space to enjoy your vacation. You can book a taxi, auto rickshaw or board a bus to reach the golden city, Jaisalmer from the station. Jaisalmer desert festival in this month makes this place more enjoyable and interesting. Here are the details of the festival.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival:
Jaisalmer desert festival is an annual function of the city. This year it is going to be held on 17 -2-2019 to 19-02-2019. The celebration starts in the Hindi month of "Magh" three days prior to the full moon night. This festival is celebrated among the beautiful sand sesame of the Thar Desert at Sam Dunes, almost 42 km far from Jaisalmer city. The place is completely remote anddeserted which infuses with life annually during the time of Desert festival.

Mythological Background:
It is said that during the time of Mahabharata Lord Krishna had told Arjuna that in future a successor from Yadava Dynasty would establish his kingdom on Trikuta hills. Later, in the year 1119, a descendant of Yadavas named Rawal Jaiswal set up his kingdom in Jaisalmer. As the prediction of Lord Krishna came true, the people celebrated the fact and later this celebration changed into an annual function celebrated every year in Magh at Jaisalmer.

About the Festival:
Delicious food at desert fest.

This year, the festival is going to start on 17th February 2019 and ends on 19th February 2019. The festival begins with the procession starting from Jaisalmer Fort and ends at Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium. The local residents of the place put on their traditional colourful dresses which looks mesmerizing. The procession proceeds to stadium singing folk songs and dancing on the streets. These forms of songs and dance showcase their difficult life and also depict their happiness, love, and achievements in the desert in-spite of the struggles and hardship they face.

Attractions at Jaisalmer Festival:
Though the three days of this fest has enjoyment and happiness stored for you, there are some of the activities and programs for tourists which you can't afford to miss during the desert festival.
Gair and Fire dance, Camel Race, Gymnastic stunts on camelback and camel formation dance should not be missed during this festival. This would be once in a lifetime experience to rejoice this grace forever. Besides, you can capture the glimpse of BSF (Border Security Force) camel tattoo, tug-of-war, turban tying, and Mr Desert contest locally called as "Maru Shree". Don't miss the enthralling experience of the Air-force display and parachuting which are fascinating to your eyes during this fest.

Things to Do.
1. Evening camping: The sun setting behind the dunes and golden colours scattered all over the earth will steal your heart forever. Put a camp and spend some time with your travel partner. You will be lost in the beauty of Thar.

2. Desert Safari: A must do activity in the lap of Thar. Enjoy the ride of desert safari and make it a remembrance forever. Put your DSLR camera into action.

3. Pictures and portraits: Pose in front of your camera and click some "WOW" images with amazing background. "Click by eyes and store in heart" will perfectly imply here at Jaisalmer.
4. Dress up locally: If you love the diversified culture of India, then it's a must try activity. Put on the local attire and look like an authentic resident of Jaisalmer. Click your pictures and keep it as a shining and colourful memory of the place.

Shopping in the Bazaars of Jaisalmer:
Buy gifts for your family or friends from the local market of the Golden city. You will find many shops for purchasing gift items that won't cost you much.
1. Sand arts: if you are visiting Jaisalmer, then arts and crafts are the first things to add in the shopping list. Sand art is peculiar and famous. They look beautiful enough to catch your eye-balls. Visit any of sand art galleries to explore more.

2. Jewellery: Artificial jewellery made of colourful beads; stones and thread are definitely going to hold you for long at the Bazar. Buy these jewellery pieces to add some more colours in your attire.

3. Wardrobe and gift items: Except arts and jewellery, you can buy sarees and handicraft items to add in your wardrobe. These are excellent and price-worthy gift items. You can also findstalls of handicrafts, dress materials, sand arts and another souvenir for the tourists to purchase and keep them as a Jaisalmer mela memory.

4. Last but not least! Tasty Food: You will find hundreds of food stalls serving you the taste of Jaisalmer. Do enjoy Rajasthani cuisines at Jaisalmer like Daal Bati choorma, Ghotul (dessert), ker Sangaria, Kadi Pakoda, Bhanonaloo and Panchadhari Laddoos. You can also try non-veg delectable like chicken/mutton prepared with different leafy veggies like spinach. Jalebi, kachori and Poha are also served in Rajasthan style.

Delicious food at desert fest.

How to reach :

Train Connectivity: Jaisalmer is well connected with countywide railway routes. You can check train availability to Jaisalmer via RailMitra and can plan your journey to Jaisalmer. If you are in New Delhi, you can board trains like Ranikhet Express (Train Number – 15014) or DLH JSM express to reach Jaisalmer. Check your PNR status regularly, if you have a reserved berth for travelling. You can also order healthy and tasty food in train.

Air-Connectivity: Jaisalmer Airport is a military airport so the commercial flights do not land at Jaisalmer Airport. The nearest airport is Jodhpur which is well connected with major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Udaipur. It takes almost 5-6 hours of drive from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. You can opt for a cab or taxi to reach Jaisalmer.

Road Connectivity: As it takes almost 17 - 18 hours of road trip to reach Jaisalmer from New Delhi, so buses don't operate on this route. You can switch buses to reach Jaisalmer via road. You can board the bus from New Delhi to Jaipur and change the bus again from Jaipur to Jaisalmer.
Train connectivity is the most suitable mode of transportation to reach Jaisalmer so you can book your railway ticket to reach the Golden city "Jaisalmer".

No wait when a plan is made! Either with your friends or family, Jaisalmer has a lot of happiness to give you. Whether you go with your travel buddy or with someone special, the experience would be marvellous. Check your train schedule and move ahead. Steal some leisure time from your busy schedule and move to experience the best vacation of your life…… Desert ships call you to Jaisalmer …Padharo Mharo Desh.

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Guest Author: Ujjwal Kumar30 Jan 2019

Very nice, Thanks for the information you shared.
Well, I think the train is the most feasible mode of transportation to Jaisalmer.

Guest Author: Amit31 Jan 2019

This is great. Never knew about this fest at Jaisalmer.
Perhaps we are going to plan a Jaisalmer trip soon.

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