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                                                                              Camel Festival,Bikaner
Introduction of Camel Festival

The Camel Festival is an event conducted by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Government of Rajasthan, every year in the month of January in the beautiful city of Bikaner. The city of Bikaner is an exercise in architecture.

The desert town of Bikaner is located in the Northern part of Rajasthan. Desert region's Folk dances and Music; add on to what is otherwise an exclusive camel affair. Camels fascinate tourists from all over the world with their movements. Charm and grace. In camel festival the ships of the desert are seen at their best. A sight of extraordinary camel activities like camel races, camel dances, and the bumpy, neck shaking camel rides highly fascinates the viewers. The camels display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their riders The two day festival is marked by different interesting activities. Their displays and competitions accompany the color, music and rhythm distinctive to a fair in Rajasthan. The jubilant skirt swirling dancers, the awe-inspiring fire dance and the amazing fireworks light up the fortified Desert City. The festivities reach to the peak with a different sense as the well-known artists show a medley of folk dances and songs. Finally, the festival concludes on a fine note by wonderful display of sparkling fireworks which illuminates the desert city of Bikaner.
 

Activities of Camel Festival

The festival starts with the parade of beautifully ornamented camels. The procession heads towards the open sand grounds. Here, the festivities commence in earnest. The Camel Pageant is held on the first day wherein the camel owners demonstrate their Camels' ornaments and jewellery. Camel dance performances are also held. A competition for best ornamented camel, fur cutting design, camel milking and the most excellent camel hair cut is structured The camels show remarkable footwork, dancing stylishly to the slightest direction of their drivers. Colourful bridles, bejewelled necks, jingling anklets and long, lanky camel darkness on dusky sands, cast a miraculous spell.In this festival tea and sweets prepared by camel milk are made available to the visitors who are interested in enjoying them.

On the second day, the fleetest camels of the region take part in the camel races. The competition is violent as the best camels compete for the honors. Thousands of eager tourists and locals cheer the favorites.

On both days, the evening ends with a appointment with the well-known folk artists of Rajasthan. The jubilant, skirt swirling dances, the awe inspiring fire dances and many other equally exciting performances entertain the visitors. The grand finale is a wonderful display of fireworks which illuminates the desert city of Bikaner.
 

History

Bikaner was always an unapproachable land Positioned in the heart of the desert belt, Before the arrival of modern motor vehicles the survival of the people of this region depended on the 'Ship of the desert' - the Camel. The camels of this region were well-known for their endurance as well as their power and attractiveness.

In fact, the Bikaner army had an Exclusive camel corps called the Ganga Risala which took active part in both the World Wars. The Ganga Risala was a Camel unit in the army even after the independence and it took part in Indo-Pak wars. Bikaner also boasts of the only Camel breeding center in India.

Camel can still be seen pulling heavy loads on carts in this area. With such a long association with Camels, it is but usual that the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture chose to hold the Camel festival in Bikaner.
 

Places to see

Bikaner is well-known for Junagarh Fort, The Suraj Pol or Sun Gate, Lal garh Palace, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Gardens and Parks and many other.
 

How to get there

By Rail
some trains link it to vital cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Jodhpur.

By Road

Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Near India Gate) to Bikaner. The roads are very fine, and it takes around 8-9 hrs from Jaipur.
With superior road conditions you can also travel by private car/taxi.

By Air

The nearest airport service is at Jodhpur.
 

Tourist Essential

Tourists can celebrate in stylish charm and grace exuded by the “Ship of the Desert” through the different contests and events that are held. In addition to celebrating the camel, tourists can also wonder at the beautiful cultural performances being enacted by celebrated folk singers and dancers from the region. As a fitting finale, tourists can enjoy the magnificent display of fireworks that marks the end of the festival.
 

Traditions

The township of Bikaner is magnificent with marvellous architecture and attractive camels. The Bikaner Camel Festival is held with the main plan to emphasize the significance and celebrate the animal often referred to as the “Ship of the Desert”.
Activities like camel races, camel milking contests, fur cutting design; best breed competition, camel acrobatics and camel bands are also held much to the joy and appreciation of the tourists gathered there. Also tourists wonder at the graceful and delicate steps that the camel dances as directed by their trainers and handlers. With their delicate necks, stylish long legs and decorated body the camel paints the perfect picture as an animal that has its own attraction and grace.

Bikaner, In The Midst of Thar Desert In Rajasthan, Is A generous State. Bikaner Is Famous for Its red Sandstone Forts, beautiful Architecture of Its Palaces, Havelis and Camel Safaris.Rajasthan Desert Camel Festival Bikaner is a miracle of Rajput Architecture. It is among the three vital cornerstones of the Rajasthan Travel route and offers a glimpse into the Real Rajasthan.Established in 1488 AD, Rajasthan Desert Camel Festival Bikaner the previous generous State of the same name, is a shing example of Rajasthan Heritage.Bikaner used to be a significant trade route connecting the country with China and Central Asia.

Rajasthan Desert Camel Festival Bikaner is well-known for its buildings made of red and yellow sandstone, outstanding Forts, Palaces and Camel Safaris. Bikaner is proud of riding quality of its Camels and its Camel Festival is very popular among the Tourist.Rajasthan Desert Camel Festival Bikaner city is surrounded by high fortification comprising of a seven km long wall, that encircles the old city and has five Entrances, all build in the eighteenth Century. Well-known places to see in Rajasthan Desert Camel Festival Bikaner comprise the Junagarh Fort.

The Fair and Festivals of Rajasthan Desert Camel Festival Bikaner comprise the Akshaye Tritya, Karni Mata Fair, Kapil Muni Fair and Gangaur Festval.
 

Accommodation in Rajasthan Desert Camel Festival Bikaner

Offering most brilliant of the facilities and warm hospitality, the accommodation options in Bikaner are many in numbers. The Heritage hotels in the city area most important attraction for Tourists as they present a Royal stay. A number of of the popular Deluxe Heritage hotels of Bikaner are Hotel Lalgarh Palace,Gajner Palace Hotel, Hotel Bhanwar Niwas. Hotel Maan Bilas, Hotel Bhairon Vilas and Hotel Jaswant Bhawan are also in Heritage catagory. Depending on your need and budget you can also choose from budget hotels such as Dhola Maru, Hotel Palace View and Hotel Thar.
 

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