Hope you had a wonderful, crazy and fun times with your loved ones.
This Holi we tried to fulfill my childhood dream to going to a holi party wearing white, playing only with dry colors, no water wastage, Live music and have crazy fun times safely.
The moment I got to know about the Dhulandi Festival’18 I was so sure to be a part of it. It was organized by Rajasthan Tourism, strictly for Foreigners and guests of Hotel Khasa Kothi in Jaipur where the event was organized.
Khasa Kothi is a heritage Hotel built by the then Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II to provide a comfortable stay to his important (khass) guests. It was acquired by Rajasthan government years ago after we got independence. Its huge with lush green lawns, in the heart of the city.
Festival was very well organized with live music, wedding bands, local dancers, custom clad theater artists and photo booths. People were enjoying the festival in its true colors, foreigners and Indians alike.
Dhulandi Festival is organized every year by the state tourist board. You can experience this year’s craziness from our pictures below.
I once read that a Dessert is a place without expectation. Until recently I believed that but on my recent trip to Rajasthan’s Interiors I saw things peoples totally unexpected and got completely amazed by the hospitality, patience, and perseverance of Rajasthan, let alone dessert.
Even with the harshest of Sun & toughest of climate, Rajasthan offers warmest of smiles with hearts as wide as their desserts
Speaking of unexpected, we got to experience the opening ceremony of Maru Mahotsav or Dessert festival 2018 in Jaisalmer. We had no idea of its grandeur & the effort locals and government put in it to make it so.
There were Camels decorated with brightest of Pom-Poms, Jaisalmer’s Royal family, Men with silver swords with facial hair even bigger than my whole face. Ladies clad in traditional attires and lust-worthy jewelry.
Dessert Festival is celebrated every year for three days prior to full moon in Jan-Feb. It celebrates the prophecy, according to which Lord Krishna told Arjun about a Yadav successor who will set up the kingdom on Trikuta Hill(Triangular hill). Prophecy becomes true when Rawal Jaiswal a Yadav successor established Jaisalmer in 12th Century after his name.
The government now equally celebrates the festival as it enhances Tourism. Even BSF & Army take participation in various competitions like Camel race and Fighter plane stunts.
We couldn’t stay until the whole festival but it was surely a delight to experience the opening ceremony of Maru Mohatsav. If you plan to visit Jaisalmer do it during the festival.
Share with me if you have been to Jaisalmer and how was your experience.