Jaisalmer gets ready for the desert festival


New programmes are being included in the four-day desert festival, to be organised from February 24 to 27.

The inauguration of the festival will start with heritage walk from Sonar Fort to Gadisar Lake in which locals, public representatives, district administration officers will participate in traditional attire and then a grand ‘Deep daan’ will be organised at the lake. A meeting was held under the chairmanship of district collector Ashish Modi to decide the programme and preparations for the desert festival.

The logo of the festival was also released. Modi said that the festival will be organised from February 24 to 27. He appealed to the officers and people of the district for their participation in all the programmes, and in decorating and keeping the city clean. Modi called upon the people to publicise the festival on social media and to take part in all the activities. The theme of the festival is ‘New year, new hope, new celebrations’. Programmes including Rammat natak, horse run, folk dances, miss Moomal, Mr desert, BSF camel tattoo show, cultural programmes, panihari matka race, camel polo, etc were discussed in detail. Under the festival, programmes will be organised at four places — Khuhadi, Gadisar, Jaisalmer and Sam.

Modi discussed programmes to be organised at the various tourist places. He said the administration will distribute prizes for decorating houses to the locals. He said that the festival is the identity of Jaisalmer and night tourism will get a boost because of the festival as during the festival, tourist places, palace, museums etc will be kept open in the night. Modi said that desert festival will be telecast live on YouTube.

Digital wall will be put up at railway station, airport and other places in the city about the daily programme, so that tourists get information about the desert festival

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