People and Culture

Jaisalmer district is bestowed with art, architecture, culture and traditions full of color and music and thereby attracting hordes of domestic and foreign tourists. The folk music of desert is an outstanding culmination of long traditions mixed with varied social customs and inherent concept of classical music revealing the life of desert. Being in the neighborhood the language, culture and traditions of the people of the district are influenced by the culture of sindh. People are hardy and have great power of tolerance.

The people of the desert are very jovial and friendly. The life of desert is very difficult. Despite the hardship, people are satisfied and happy. One would like to see the desert’s life style then go to a village, which is far away from city. More than 80% of the population of Jaisalmer lives in rural areas. Males go out to work and females stay at home.

In the village most people live in huts (Jhopri). These beautiful huts are made of grass. These huts are cool in summers and warm in winter. Every family has 4-5 huts. Around the huts there are thorny bushes and wire. Some of the villages have stone houses. Almost all villages have a pond or well for drinking water. In most of the villages the water is provided by the government through pipelines.

In the villages the main sources of income are animal rearing and farming. Every family keeps cows, goats, sheep and camel. When there is good rain there is plenty of fodder for cattle. The staple crops are ‘Bajara’ and ‘Gawar’. People change their establishments in search of fodder for cattle. People eat mainly Bajra’s chapattis, milk and milk products and curds. The trees and bushes, which are found in desert, have fruits and buds, which are eaten as vegetables.