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Camel Festival, India

Camel FestivalThe 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 them.

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
Camel Festival 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 since ages.

Tracing Bikaner
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.

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