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Camel Festival

Time of the Year            January
Places to Visit                Bikaner (Rajasthan)

Duration                          Two Days

Festival is a lively and colourful event which takes place in the month of January.
The Camel Festival begins with a colourful procession of bedecked camels against the beautiful rugged backdrop of the Junagarh Fort. The festival progresses to the open sand-spreads of the grounds, followed by the best breed competition, the tug-of-war contest, camel races,camel dance, the bumpy, neck shaking camel rides and acrobatics, etc.

The Camel Pageant is held on the first day wherein the camel owners show off their Camels' decorations and jewellery.  A competition for best decorated camel, fur cutting design, camel milking and the best camel hair cut is organized. The camels display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their trainers. Bridal, bridles, bejewelled necks, jingling anklets and long, lanky camel shadows on dusky sands cast a magical spell. tea and sweets prepared by camel milk are made available to the visitors interested in enjoying them. Hundreds of tourists and thousands of locals and dignitaries revel in this man-and-animal affair organised especially for the tourists.

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

The evenings end with a traditional rendezvous with renowned artistes of Rajasthan and the local folk performers. The jubilant skirt-swirling dancers, the amazing fire-dance and the dazzling fireworks light up the fortified desert city of Bikaner.