International Camel Fair, Bikaner is a sought after annual event in Rajasthan. The festivities are at par with the other celebrations of Rajasthan.
The yearly event is dedicated to the tough animals surviving the harsh desert conditions. The festival is organized as an initiative by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture of the Rajasthan Government.
Since the era of the founder of the city Rao Bika Ji, Bikaner is the only camel breeding region. The gentle beasts raised here have been enrolled even in the army. The camel corps are known as “Ganga Risala” and have served in the world wars and Indo-Pak wars. Indian army still maintains a regiment where these brave animals loyally service in the Border Security Force.
The Camel Festival in Bikaner is a two day affair comprising of 10 competitions, 2 band performance and 2 cultural events. The festivities start off with a colorful parade of beautifully adorned camels against the backdrop of majestic Junagarh Fort. Enjoy the spectacular displays of camels dressed in vibrant bridles, traditional necklace and heavy anklets showing off wonderful footwork to the lovely tunes on desert sands. Also witness the array of camel race events, camel games and other cultural performances. Hundreds and thousands of tourists and locals revel in this traditional festival. Feel absolute pleasure in the delightful ambiance.
Though the festival is exclusively organized to glorify the camels, the traditional Rajasthani folk dance performances and music add largely to the charm of this festival. The fascinating Fire Dance adds glamour to the festivities. The ambiance of the fair inspires fire dancers to perform brilliant acts. Their skills and the shows are nothing short of spectacular. The melody of folk music is a soothing sensation that world its charm mesmerizing all those whole hears it. The puppet shows are also amazing. The colorful attired puppet dolls narrate intriguing local folklores. The festival concludes with a spectacular firework display which illuminates the skies of Bikaner.
The Bikaner Camel Fair gives you an opportunity to indulge into the unique camel milk sweetmeats and camel milk tea. The local Rajasthani dishes appetizers all the food lovers. Check out the stalls in the markets which offer exquisite handicrafts, jewelry, pottery and rare delights.
Bikaner Camel Festival is celebrated every year in the pleasant weather of January. In 2018, the festivities start on 13th January and conclude on 14th January.
Bikaner Camel Festival is open to the public and anyone can come and be a part of this colourful celebration.
The month of January could get really chilly in Bikaner especially late in the evenings till early morning. It is advisable that pack enough warm clothings. Carry sun screen lotions as well to protect your skin from sun during day time. When in Bikaner, one of the top things to do is to visit Junagadh Fort which forms the backdrop of the Camel Fair in Bikaner.
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