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Camel Fair : 15 - 16 Jan, 2014

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Camel Festival Bikaner

Fair & Festivals (2013-2014)

Camel Fair, Bikaner
(15 - 16 Jan, 2014)
Kite Festival, Jaipur
(14th Jan, 2014)
Nagaur Fair, Nagaur
(6 - 9 Feb, 2014)
Baneshwar Festival
(10 - 14 Feb, 2014)
Brij Festival
(2 - 4 Feb, 2014)
Sheetala Ashtami
(3 April, 2013)
Desert Festival
(12 - 14 Feb, 2014)
Elephant Festival
(16 March, 2014)
Gangaur Fair
(13 - 14 April, 2013)
Mewar Festival
(13 - 15 April, 2013)
Summer Festival
(23 - 25 May, 2013)
Teej Fair
(9 - 10 Aug, 2013)
Urs Ajmer Sharif
(11 May, 2013)
Dusshera Mela
(12 - 14 Oct, 2013)
Marwar Festival
(17 - 18 Oct, 2013)
Pushkar Fair
(9 - 17 Nov, 2013)

Camel Festival Bikaner

Camel Festival

Camel FestivalThe Camel Festival is an event organized in Bikaner by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Government of Rajasthan, every year in the month of January. Desert region's Folk dances and Music, add on to what is otherwise an exclusive camel affair. A festival when the ships of the desert are seen at their best. Camels fascinate tourists from all over the world with their movements, charm and grace. A spectacle of unusual camel performances: camel races, camel dances, and the bumpy, neck shaking camel rides.

Activities
The festival starts with the procession of beautifully decorated camels. The procession heads towards the open sand grounds. Here, the festivities begin in earnest. The Camel Pageant is held on the first day wherein the camel owners show off their Camels' decorations and jewellery. Camel dance performances are also held. 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 drivers. Colourful bridles, bejewelled necks, jingling anklets and long, lanky camel shadows on dusky sands, cast a magical spell.

In this festival tea and sweets prepared by camel milk are made available to the visitors interested in enjoying them.

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.

On both days, the evening ends with a rendezvous with the renowned folk artists of Rajasthan. The jubilant, skirt swirling dances, the awe inspiring fire dances and many other equally interesting performances entertain the visitors. The grand finale is a magnificent display of fireworks which illuminates the desert city of Bikaner.

History
Situated in the heart of the desert belt, Bikaner was always an inaccessible land. Before the advent 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 famous for their endurance as well as their strength and beauty.

In fact, the Bikaner army had an elite 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 region. With such a long association with Camels, it is but natural that the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture chose to hold the Camel festival in Bikaner.

Places to see
Bikaner is famous for Junagarh Fort, The Suraj Pol or Sun Gate, Lal garh Palace, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Gardens and Parks and many more. Bikaner city guide and travel information

Getting there
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.

Hotels
Please visit our Bikaner Hotel Directory to see all the hotels available in Bikaner.

Tour operators
There are tour operators and travel agents to help you in planning and making arrangements to see the Camel Festivals. List of
Bikaner Travel Agents and Tour Operator.

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Camel Festival Bikaner
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Camel Festival
General Information Location
Bikaner
Date
15- 16 Jan 2014
Population
.49 millions
STD code
0151
Famous for
Camel Research Farm
Temp
23C-5C
Rainfall
Normal
Airport
Jodhpur
Getting There
Bus, Rail
Shopping
Rasgullas, Namkin, Sarees
Near By:
Karni Mata's Temple
Next Year
4 to 5 Jan. 2015

Next Fair or Festival
Nagaur Fair
Date : 6-9 Feb, 2014
Location: Nagaur
Camel Festival Bikaner