Finding it hard to reach the festival???
Just hop on to the RAGASTHAN CARAVAN.
Depart: November 15th - Return November 19th.
Delhi – Jaipur – Jodhpur - Jaisalmer
Mumbai – Baroda – Ahmedabad – Jaisalmer
Both convoys have some fabulous artists who are hopping into the bus!
(Venues/ Timings will be announced)
Tickets for the Bus Caravan are priced at Rs.4000 LIMITED SEATS, so BOOK NOW. If you are joining us in your own vehicle, you only need to buy the pass.
Book your festival bus pass here
The best way to travel in such remote interiors is the ARMY Truck - SHAKTIMAAN. Hop on to the truck back and forth the city and the festival site and get a birds eye view of the entire journey.
Logon to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ragasthan and twitter @ragasthan to know more on the rallies or to start your own rally. DRIVE, RIDE, HITCH HIKE, WALK OR CYCLE - BE BOLD, BE BRAVE - #TAKEOFF You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re creating your own rally.
Book your festival bus pass here
Hot Kachoris, open fire cooked meals, barbecues, picnics at random spots, chill out cafes, sloppy sandwiches, maggi, hot soup on cold nights - food at Ragasthan is an incredibly personal, happy, homely and yummmmy affair.
Yet you will find pastas, pizzas, capuccinos and more just in case.
If you or your friends are interest in taking up a stall and cooking up a storm do contact us at email@example.com. and we’d love to have another addition to the already diverse menu.
In our wonderful country it is customary to serve tea and water to our guests. And in Jaisalmer water has always been respected more than the gold, silk and spices that entered through this western doorway of India. We hope you respect water the way we do.
Carry your own flasks or you could get one at the festival. No plastic bottles allowed in the premises whatsoever.
AND A HOT CUP OF FREE CHAI WHILE YOU STARGAZE OR WATCH A MOVIE IN THE OPEN - 'Now is that something you might be interested in?'
Here in this 3-day open market, people from all over the country will come to sell their wares,just like in the days of old. Meeting, mingling, gossiping,exchanging information and of course, shopping in the middle of the Thar Desert.
Should you be interested in taking up one of our colorful Ragasthani stalls - mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We could give you directions and tell you the way straight to the gates but then again, where’s the fun in that.
So remember, more than a map - this time try travelling with just a compass and a willingness to ask for directions.
Advaita, Big Bang Blues, Blakc, Brahma, Family Cheese, Half Step Down, Indigo Children, Jazz B’stards, J.views, MenWhoPause, Parikrama, Peter Cat Recording Co, Shantanu Pandit, Sky Rabbit, Spud in the Box, Them Clones
Ali & Swarup Khan, Bismillah Khan Chalo Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo) Chandaan Khan - Shubhraj, Donn Bhatt, Ghoomar/ Kalbelia Performances, Harish Mame Khan, Negra Pradera (Latin Salsa Flamenco) Rajasthan Roots, Rang, Reggae Rajahs, Sanidhya Swarathma, Space, Tribal Flora, Tritha
AFM, Akshai Sarin, ANDREY Petrov (Russia), Ash Roy (Jalebee Cartel, Vapour Records), Ashvin Mani Sharma (Jalebee Cartel, Bass9 Records), Bay Beat Collective, Boombaba (Urban Distortion), Breger, Cyrus (Urban Distortion), DJ San Pedro, Dualist Inquiry, Fibre Stomp, Jitter, Kalyug (Audio Ashram), Kohra, MoodyBoy, Moniker (Wild City DJ), Mother Perera (Berlin - Jahcoozi/ Bpitch Control), Nucleya, Sandunes, San Pedro, Sattyananda (Audio Ashram) Shantam (Audio Ashram), Shiva Central (Audio Ashram) Shivamoon (Go: Madras), Shiva Sound System (UK), Spiritual Gangsta, Tapan (Midival Punditz), Uri
The dates of the festival fall at the beginning of winter and the end of monsoons. Average day temperatures will hover around 24° to 26° Celsius, where nights would be a much colder 6° to 8° Celsius.which makes the weather perfect. Average day temperatures will hover around 24° to 26° C, whereas nights would be a much colder 6° to 8° C.
Day: Caps, T-shirts, Shorts and Sunglasses
Night: Woolens, Jeans, Shawls, Ear-plugs, mufflers, Carry Slippers or Shoes that are easy to remove and dust sand out of.
Campers: Sleeping bags, Torches, Blankets, mats, water-coolers
Toiletries: Towels, Shampoo, Soap, Cream, Sunscreen, Lip-Balm.
If you are traveling into the rural areas of Jaisalmer, and dress appropriately! This part of the world is still is Indian OldSchool (men and women do not even sit in the same room in villages). Public display of affection and approaching local women for a conversation without local male company is not advisable.
Do remember that you are in the desert. Water is precious here. Please do not use non-toxic products that might pollute the underground water at the venue.
While there will be medical facilities available at the festival site along with doctors, it is still advisable to carry antiseptics and any medicines you may have been prescribed. If you have a medical condition that could require immediate hospitalization or prescribed treatment, do approach our medical centre at the festival site and inform us in advance.
Direct train from Delhi (14059 Delhi-Jaisalmer Express) runs every day. And one from Howrah (12371 Howrah-Jaisalmer Express) that runs only on Mondays (goes via Delhi).
If you're taking a train from anywhere else, you'll have to get off at Jodhpur first. There are direct trains to Jodhpur from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Howrah, Varanasi, Secunderabad, Puri, Guwahati and Jammu Tawi. The train route is recommended for the scenery. There is nothing better than sipping chai by the window and watching the landscape gradually change from green to golden. You can check train/berth availability at www.indianrail.gov.in and book tickets at www.irctc.co.in
Jaisalmer does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is Jodhpur and they have direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai. (Also from London, Paris, Stockholm, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cape Town and Bangkok.)
From other cities in India and elsewhere, booking tickets to Jodhpur is easy (with a stopover at Delhi/Mumbai). Flights are frequent and short, leaving you with enough time to roam the desert and soak in the history before heading to Ragasthan. You can book tickets online. Look & you shall find good deals. For budget hotels try www.stayzilla.com. Don’t wait. End-November is high-season time in Jaisalmer and both air-tickets and hotel rooms tend to run out in October itself.
There are daily buses to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner and Ahmedabad. If you choose to drive instead, the road to Jaisalmer can be met at two major junctions, Bikaner and Jodhpur, both connecting it to different parts of the country. To the north, the connecting city is Bikaner. Ideal for those who plan to drive from Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Agra and elsewhere. Bikaner is only 330 kms. from Jaisalmer and meets the same highway that connects Jaipur to Jaisalmer( NH 11). For people driving from the south, from cities like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru, it’s Jodhpur that connects best. Jodhpur to Jaisalmer (NH 15) is about 300 kms. and the roads are a motorists' dream.
Remember to car pool. Avoid the horn. Do not attempt dodging cattle checkpoints on the way.
Public Transport in Jaisalmer is weak. Buses ply on village routes but the frequency is extremely low. There are private buses that ply as well, but do not expect high quality seating, air-conditioning or ample space. You might not even get a seat – but you’ll definitely make a lot of local friends. The local rickshaw is not only fun to be driven around in but also quite powerful and efficient and can accommodate a family.
Bikes are available on hire at Jaisalmer ranging from 250-1000 INR. Cars and Taxis are easily available and prices vary from INR 9/km to flat pre-negotiated fees.