It is said that the long-drawn-out terrain of a desert can best be enjoyed with camel safari. But when it comes to desert camping, the extent of delight in the midst of desert just gets amplified. To double the glee of your excitement, Asia’s first desert camping festival Ragasthan is a spectacular carnival to be around. Rooted in the prolonged sandbanks of the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, the 3-day vibrant event (February 23 to 25) Ragasthan is into its 3rd edition this year.
Ragasthan Music Festival
Near Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer, Salkha, Rajasthan 345001
February 23 to 25
Nestled on the north western side of the India, Rajasthan needs no extraordinary preface to strengthen its existence. Being an abode to plenty of imperial fortresses, the state is an amazing destination to voyage around; and stepping into the 3-day desert camping near Jaisalmer adds more fanaticism to the music lovers. This is a festival of music, art and food portraying the traditional essence of Rajasthan to global audience.
Besides art and music, Ragasthan is also an amazing blend of adventure, shopping, movies, workshops and yoga. Every year, numbers of artists flock here to exhibit their talents in front of thousands of spectators who visit here from all over the sphere. This year it is reported that nearly 40 artists from across genres will be performing live on three stages.
The camping tents
The event organiser provides comfy staying options for the visitors in the midst of desert. There are many tourists who carry their own tents to enjoy the event around desert. Such tourists need to accommodate their tents at designated locations wherein, common washrooms are provided for them.
On the other hand, visitors are also there who prefer staying on-site tents provided with attached private washrooms. When in Ragasthan event, tourists can also avail Swiss tent or a tent with single bed in a Dorm. The key attributes of a Swiss tent is that it comes with attached washrooms, plug points, running water, twin beds, warm blankets and are positioned closer to all the festival activities. On the other hand, a tent with single bed in a Dorm is ideal for solo traveller. In addition, male and female occupancy tents are also available in the event venue.
Having depicted the prime subject of the event, Ragasthan is full of cultural performances. Plunging into the melodious performances by the folk artists will take you to a different vibes of enjoyment. Besides, a 360 degree vista of the charismatic carnival over the towering dunes of inner Thar is something wonderful to behold when in Ragasthan.
A blend of film screenings beneath the open sky, bars and eateries turns the event an absolute paradise for intoxicating time-off in the desert. Not only this; bag full of goodies, refreshing yoga session in the morning and sport activities can make one’s presence even spicier into the itinerary paving way for uninhibited bliss.
Being one of the popular tourist hubs in India, Rajasthan is frequented by plenty of visitors from all across the globe. Therefore, getting there is not a matter of concern for any traveller. One can easily reach out to the Ragasthan music event by any of the following modes of commutation:
For air travellers from various destinations, the nearby airport is Jodhpur. However, if you are looking for a direct flight to Jaisalmer, take a flight from Delhi. From both Jodhpur and Jaisalmer airports, travellers can easily hire a cab to commute further.
Like airways, Jaisalmer is an easily accessible destination by train as well. The nearby railhead is Jaisalmer railway station, which is located nearly 2Kms away from the main city. Some of the major trains to reach Jaisalmer are Palace on Wheels, Jodhpur Jaisalmer Express, Delhi Jaisalmer Express and Howrah Jaisalmer Express. From Jaisalmer railway station, you can easily hire a cab/taxi or get into an auto-rickshaw at very affordable fare.
Road connectivity to Jaisalmer is very convenient. By road, the city is well-connected to various neighbouring destinations like Mount Abu, Ahemdabad, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaipur. There are plenty of state run buses from Jaipur to reach Jaisalmer. In addition, one can also hire a cab or taxi from any of the mentioned cities.
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