International Camel Festival in Bikaner


TYPE Cultural
DURATION 22/01/2018 – 24/01/2018
LOCATION Bikaner

Camel Fair, Bikaner is a sought after event in Rajasthan. Organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Bikaner Camel Festival is a yearly event in January that Bikaner celebrates in honour of the ship of the desert, Camel. The festivities are at par with the other celebrations of Rajasthan. The event mainly includes spectacular camel performances like camel dances, camel races, neck shaking camel rides etc.


History of Bikaner Camel Festival
This is a yearly event dedicated to the tough animals surviving on the tough and harsh desert conditions. The festival was organized as an initiative by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture of the Rajasthan Government. Camels and the Bikaner have a long association. 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 is known as “Ganga Risala” and has 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.


Celebration of Camel Fair in Bikaner
The Camel Festival in Bikaner is a two day affair. The festivities start off with a colourful 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 highlight 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 melodies of folk music are a soothing sensation that world its charm mesmerizing all those whole hears it. The puppet shows are also amazing. The colourful 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 appetizes all the food lovers. Check out the stalls in the markets which offer exquisite handicrafts, jewellery, pottery and rare delights.


International Camel Fair Bikaner 2018 Dates
Bikaner Camel Festival is celebrated every year in the pleasant weather of January. In 2018, the festivities start on 22nd January and conclude on 24th January.


Bikaner Camel Festival Tickets
Bikaner Camel Festival is open to the public and anyone can come and be a part of this colourful celebration.


Tips for Camel Festival in Bikaner
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 clothing. 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. Know more about things to do in Bikaner here.


By Air
To reach Bikaner, the nearest airport is Jodhpur International Airport. The city lies 235 kilometres from the air terminal. Domestic and international flights connect the city to destinations all over the world. Once you reach the airport, you can easily access Bikaner by roads. There are a number of buses and taxis that ply one this route. You can avail any of these facilities to reach the camel city.


By Rail
Bikaner is service by two railway stations; Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station. Both the stations are located at a distance of approximately 6 kms away from the main city and are well-connected with most of the Indian cities. There are frequent trains from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jodhpur and other important cities of India.


By Road
By Road, Bikaner is well connected to every city in Rajasthan, the capital city Delhi and other important cities. Frequent buses of the state transports, AC deluxe buses, sleeper coaches, taxis and private vehicles ply on the route.


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