The Desert Festival is a 3-day extravaganza of colour, music and festivity, held at the golden city of Jaisalmer. Fire dancers swaying to traditional tunes, a turban tying competition and a Mr. Desert Contest are a part of the fun and frolic. The grand finale is a trip to the Sam Dunes where one can enjoy the pleasure of a camel ride and even watch the folk dancers and musicians perform.
The high points of the festival are snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk artists. Camels, the lifeline of the desert, play a foremost role. Proud moustached villagers, dressed in their ethnic best come astride their picturesquely caparisoned camels to join in the camel dances and competitions of camel acrobatics, camel races, camel polo, tug of war and the like.
The very rich and colourful Rajasthani folk culture is on show here when Rajasthani men and tall beautiful women dressed in their brightly coloured costumes and jewellery, dance and sing lingering ballads of valour, romance and tragedy. Traditional musicians attempt to outdo each other in their musical superiority.