The months of January hold awe-inspiring processions of beige coloured 'Desert-Ship' against backdrop of desertscape in Bikaner. Spectacular shows by best breed of camels donned up with jewelery and finest robes accompanied by folk music and desert dances form the core of Camel Festival of Rajasthan. The exclusive camel fair is a four day extravaganza that invites camel owners from all the corners of deserts to participate in shows of beauty, race, dance and acrobatics. Camel Festival attracts a number of tourists from across the world to be a spectator to a festival involving unusual camel performances: camel races, camel dances, and the bumpy and neck shaking camel rides.
Shades of Caramel
The festival begins with a nonplussing sight of beautifully embellished
camels gathered for an exotic procession. The processions then move further
to the open arena of sands. The Camel Pageant is held on the first day of
festival when the Camel owners flaunt their camels jewelery and robes
followed by Camel dances. Besides these there are number of activities like
fur cutting designs, camel milking and best hair cut, foot works on the
first day of Camel Festival. The day ends as the camels head for their camps
with a tinkling sound of their anklets and silhouetting shadows on dusky
sands. The second day is a special day as fastest of these camels
participate in race competitions among thousands of spectators cheering for
The evenings are spiced up with awesome performances by folk and rural
artists of Rajasthan. The cultural activities span from magnificent display
of fireworks to Ghoomar (folk dance) and extraordinary renditions by musical
maestros. The delicious culinary delights of evening prepared from camel
milk are served to the spectators.
A peep into history
The only four legged animal of desert, Camels assay-mark Rajasthan with
its capability to ferry people from place to others making life possible
in the sands. Aptly called as 'Ship Of Deserts' they happen to be called
as pride of Rajasthan. However the state of Rajasthan doesn't have any
dearth of camels but Bikaneri Camels are known for their strength and
endurance. And of course a row of chivalry follows after this, Bikaneri
Camels formed an active elite army contingent called as Ganga Risala
that took part in both the World Wars and Indo Pak wars. The Camel
Festival organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture at
Rajasthan is testimony to these human friendly beasts succoring man
By Air : The nearest airport service is at Jodhpur.
By Road : Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable
deluxe buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Near India Gate) to Bikaner. The
roads are very good, and it takes around 8-9 hrs from Jaipur. With good
road conditions you can also travel by private car/taxi.
By Rail : Several trains link it to important cities
like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Jodhpur.