Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is started from Today

The vibrant state of Rajasthan is set to captivate the hearts of locals and tourists alike with a trifecta of spectacular events in the last week of February. The Rajasthan Tourism Department is orchestrating a grand celebration featuring the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer, Vintage Car Rally and Exhibition in Jaipur, and the much-anticipated Rajasthan Tourism Polo Cup. The enthusiasm is palpable among both local residents and visitors, and the tourism department is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the success of these cultural extravaganzas.

Desert Festival in Jaisalmer: (22-24 February)

Embarking on the 22nd of February, the Desert Festival, also known as Maru Mahotsav, promises a mesmerizing experience. A collaboration between the tourism department and local district administration, this three-day extravaganza will unfold against the stunning backdrop of Rajasthan’s desert landscape. The festival will commence with an auspicious Aarti at Laxminath Temple in Jaisalmer city on the morning of 22 February, accompanied by a colorful Shobha Yatra featuring locals adorned in traditional attire.

Assistant Director Krishna Kumar shares that the festival will showcase a rich tapestry of cultural events, including camel races, polo matches, puppet shows, long mustache competitions, and turban tying contests. The highlight performances will feature renowned artists like Padmashree Anwar Khan, Pepe Khan, and the soulful bhajan singer Swati Mishra with her captivating rendition of “Mere Ram Aayenge.”

Vintage and Classic Car Exhibition and Drive – (24-25 February)

On the following Saturday and Friday (24-25 February), Jaipur will host a Vintage and Classic Car Exhibition, where the streets will come alive with the glorious nostalgia of bygone eras. On 24 February, regal cars from the time of kings and maharajas will parade through the Pink City, evoking memories of its majestic past. Departing from Jai Mahal Palace, the procession will traverse iconic routes like MI Road, Transport Nagar, and Delhi Road. The Tourism Department’s Deputy Director, Upendra Singh Shekhawat, emphasizes that the rally and exhibition aim to introduce the younger generation to the historical significance of these classic vehicles.

Rajasthan Tourism Polo Cup (26 February to 3 March)

The grand finale of this festival trilogy is the Rajasthan Tourism Polo Cup, scheduled from 26 February to 3 March. Representing the second season of this prestigious event, the tournament is a testament to the deep-rooted cultural significance of polo in Rajasthan. According to Deputy Director Upendra Singh Shekhawat, Jaipur polo has long been an integral part of the state’s cultural heritage. The Polo Cup serves as a beacon, promoting age-old traditions and boosting tourism. The tournament is expected to draw immense interest from tourists, both domestic and international, as it unfolds in the historic city of Jaipur. The Tourism Department is dedicated to elevating the stature of polo tourism and establishing new dimensions in this traditional sport, creating a landmark for the international tourism sector in the state.

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