The Desert Festival - Jaisalmer
A selection of photography work from India
The Desert Festival in Jaisalmer
The desert festival is held annually in the beautiful golden city of Jaisalmer on the edge of the great Thar desert in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is a 3 day cultural festival extravaganza, exhibiting the best of this remote desert city. The festival commences with a huge ceremonial street parade through the city, known locally as Shobha Yatra. Men carrying swords atop camels from different clans arrive at the Shahid Poonam Singh stadium, where several contests get under way, one of them for 'Mr Desert' where men are judged on their traditional attire, their turbans and most importantly their mustache! Camel polo, and camel racing are some of the highlights of the varied competitions. The festival comes to an end on the third day when it coincides with the full moon, known as Poornima in Sanskrit. Families relax in the dunes, enjoying camel rides and chatter.