Jaisalmer Folk and Handicraft Festival
Jaisalmer Folk and Handicraft Festival
The inaugural edition of the annual Jaisalmer Folk and Handicraft Festival in 2022 showcased the living heritage of the district, which housed generations of Manganiyar folk musicians as well as makers of the traditional string instrument known as the kamaicha. The festival also threw the spotlight on crafts such as the red clay pottery of Pokaran, and folk arts like the string puppetry of Jaisalmer, performances of which narrate tales of kings and war heroes.
A cultural presentation of Rajasthan folk music and dance were staged on both days of the festival, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The performers included surmandal player Chanan Khan; kamaicha players Dare Khan, Firoz Khan and Ghewar Khan; and Kalbelia dancer Asha Sapera.
The Jaisalmer Folk and Handicraft Festival is an opportunity for visitors to learn about the history of the district and interact with their practitioners. It is part of a collaborative initiative of the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan and UNESCO to strengthen the intangible cultural heritage of western Rajasthan.
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How To Get There
How to reach Jaisalmer
1. By Air: Jaisalmer is not directly connected by air with any part of India. Jodhpur Airport, located about 300 km away from Jaisalmer, is the nearest airport to the desert land. The airport connects Rajasthan with all major Indian cities. From Jodhpur Airport, tourists can hire cabs to reach Jaisalmer.
2. By Rail: Jaisalmer is served by both broad gauge and metre gauge railway tracks. It can be reached through direct trains from New Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur. The luxury train ‘Palace on Wheels’ is also available. Upon reaching the station, visitors can avail of auto-rickshaws and private taxis to reach their destinations.
3. By Road: Jaisalmer has a well-maintained network of roadways. Deluxe and ordinary buses of Rajasthan Roadways and many private operators connect Jaisalmer with Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmer and Mount Abu.
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Parking facilities
- Unisex toilets
- Masks mandatory
- Sanitiser booths
- Socially distanced
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. The weather in September is warm, with temperatures ranging between 35°C and 24°C. Pack loose and airy cotton clothes with long sleeves.
2. An umbrella, if you happen to get caught in a sudden shower.
3. A sturdy water bottle.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate.
About Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan
Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan
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