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Camel festival, Bikaner Overview

Camel Festival in Bikaner is a two-day event organized annually in January in the land of camels, Bikaner which is situated in the north-west Indian state of Rajasthan. The Festival is a grand celebration of the rich culture of Bikaner that draws tourists from all over the world to this land of camels. The event has camel safaris, camel rides, processions, folk dance and various other cultural activities and competitions. On the occasion of the festival, the camels are dresses in bright and colourful ornaments and bridles. The burst of vibrant colours in the golden dunes is a sight that cannot match any other celebration in the world. 

Camel Festival Bikaner 2020

11 - 12 January 2020

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History of Camel Festival

The Camel Festival is a grand celebration dedicated to the ship of the desert, the mighty Camel, who survives in the harsh weather conditions of Bikaner since the time the city was founded by Rao Bika Ji. The event was initiated by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture of the Government of Rajasthan. It is held every year to rejoice their contributions that have proven to be essential for the major activities of the locals that include routine work, transportation and serve as an integral part of the Indian Security system commissioned to secure the Indo-Pak border. The camel is not just some mammal here but is the lifeline of Bikaner, and the festival is only a small way to celebrate the ship of the desert and thank them for their contributions to our lives.

Celebrations at Camel Festival

The two-day event begins on a large scale with a colourful ceremonial procession followed by an Inauguration and a Recital by the Indian Army. The celebrations also include entertainment performances and several competitions that visitors can actively participate like the Earthen Pot Race, Beauty Pageant Competition (Miss Marwar), Mr Bikaner Competition, Musical Chair, Wrestling, Tug of war etc. Visitors can watch the several programmes scheduled during the day and admire and shop traditional Rajasthani apparel, accessories and artefacts as gifts and souvenirs.

There are food kiosks that serve traditional Rajasthani cuisine making it a perfect event for foodies too. One can find many Rajasthani dishes like Daal Bati Churma, Laal Maas, Mohan Maas, Ker Sangri, Gatte Ki Sabzi, Kadhi, Boondi ka Raita, Bajre ki Roti, Bajre ki Poori, various Rajasthani style Pulao etc. Do not miss the delicious Rajasthani deserts like the Mohanthaal, Besan Barfi, Churma Laddoo, Balushahi, Badam ka Halva, Mawa Kachori, Gujiya, Ghevar etc.

Highlights of Camel Festival

On the occasion of the festival, the camels are dressed in bright and colourful ornaments and bridles. The burst of vibrant colours in the golden dunes is a sight that cannot match any other celebration in the world. Camel rides and camel safaris attract tourists from all over the world. These one of a kind rides over the gold dunes is an experience worth cherishing. The safaris prove to be the best way to explore Bikaner, especially under the evening skies watching the beautiful sunset from the dunes. The festival also has many competitions for the camels and their owners like the Camel dance, Camel decorations, and Camel Fur cutting.

Major Attractions at Camel Festival

The major attractions of the Camel Festival are the entertainment shows. Bikaner is home to the world-famous traditional Rajasthani art forms. Tourists will find the true sounds of Bikaner in the music here and the authentic expressions of Rajasthan through its Folk Dance and the Puppet Shows. The Fire Dance, in particular, is a big crowd puller for its grandeur and the excitement it builds in the viewers. The schedule also has recitals by R.A.C and the Indian Army. Food stalls serving delicious authentic Rajasthani dishes also are a big hit at the festival. Non-locals who wish to taste the cuisine of Rajasthan will find almost all the dishes being served here. The event ends with some breathtaking fireworks that are admired by one and all attending the event.

Tips For Visiting Camel festival

Afternoon hours could get really hot, so wear sun protection, light clothing and drink enough water to remain well-hydrated.

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