Jaisalmer is the land of valorous fighters who preferred death to dishonor. Who fought to the last drop of their blood for their land and their women. Two noteworthy assets of Rajputs, valor and honor have been wonderfully preserved by the people of Jaisalmer. This land of courage and dignity is rich with its grand cultural heritage and the unique hospitality of the people here. Life in Jaisalmer is full of color and merriment. You will come across a kaleidoscopic prospect presented through their graceful traditional attire marked with bright colors, mirror work, embroidery and exclusive craftsmanship. The grandeur of architecture and the artistic ingenuity is evident in the imposing forts, Havelis, temples and other impressive monuments.
Variety of festivals characterized with vibrant music and dance and celebrated with complete zest and enthusiasm like Holi, Deewali, Dusshera, Desert festival, Baba Ramdeo Fair, Season Fair/ Tourist Fair, New Year etc. represent the real essence of Rajasthan Culture. Desert Festival celebrated for three days in January is the perfect occasion to peep into the glorious past and affluent traditional and cultural heritage of Jaisalmer. Folk dances and songs, traditional music, camel shows, adventure rides, different competitions and colorfully dressed people please every soul and offer deep insight into the rich cultural heritage of Jaisalmer.
Folk songs of Jaisalmer, especially the Bardic poetry describes the heroic stories of kings and queens. The ballads named ‘Raso’ that sing the sagas of the great deeds and valor of Rajput heroes are famous even today. The Rajasthani folk dances performed by women wearing colorful skirts decorated with embroidery and mirror work offer a real eye catching sight. Chari, Bhavai, Ghoomar, Ghair, Kacchi Ghodi, etc are traditional dance forms witnessed in Jaisalmer. Puppet show is another aspect of traditional entertainment that is enjoyed here.
Ker Sangri, Bhanon Aloo, Kadi Pakora, Murgh-e-Subz, Vegetable Kebab, Mint Sauce, Naan, Tandoor Thali etc. are special traditional cuisine of Jaisalmer. Camel Leather Products, Silk and Cotton Embroidery, Bandhani, Handcrafted Garments and Bed Sheets, Blankets, Rugs, Shawls, Woven Jackets, Jooties, Jholas, Puppets, Silver Jewelry, Antiques (Swords, Knives, Utensils etc), Hand Made Rings, Rajasthani Mirror Work, Bead Work, Old Stonework, Carved Wooden Boxes, Trickles and Curios, Oil Lamps, Crystals and Rare Mineral Specimen – Zeolite etc are certain articles Jaisalmer is famous for.