The Camel festival of Bikaner is organized every year in January. In 2022, it will be held on 12, 13 January. It is one of the most colorful festivals in Rajasthan.
Celebration highlights of Bikaner Camel Festival
Bikaner camel festival starts with a colorful display of camels that are beautifully decorated, which includes several cultural events such as the best breed competition, camel races, camel beauty pageant, camel milking, camel acrobats, tug of war contest, camel dance, fur cutting design and many more.
These activities take place in the open polo ground. This festival also includes folk performances and musical performances which are done by the local Rajasthan artists. Major attractions of the Bikaner Festival are a huge variety of Rajasthan cuisines and delicacies and a display of artifacts and handicrafts for sale.
What tourist can expect from this festival?
This festival showcases many lively and colorful events and it draws thousands of people from far and near. The festival provides a good opportunity to see the ships of the desert at their best. You can enjoy a spectacle of unusual camel performances & camel rides on the dunes etc…
Cultural & Historical perspective of the Bikaner Camel Festival
During the ancient time the survival of the local people of the region was depended only on camels. The camels of the Bikaner region were very popular for their unique characteristics including strength and beauty. Thus, the locals have started celebrating this animal in form of a local festival. With due time, it became popular and now is one of the most visited festivals of Rajasthan.
Program during the camel festival :
On the first day of the festival the Camel Pageant is held in which the camel owners show off decorations and jewelry of their camels. During the festival camel dance performances are held in which the camels display interesting footwork and dance gracefully on the direction of their trainers.
Besides the colorful bridles, bejeweled necks, jingling anklets, and long, lanky camel shadows on dusky sands make the whole environs mystical
Other camels related competitions namely the best-decorated camel, fur cutting design, camel milking, and the best camel hair cut are also organized. One can also taste the special delicacies and tea prepared by camel milk during the festival
On the second day of the festival, the camels of the region take part in the races and vie for the honors. As the race begins thousands of visitors including locals cheer the camels. On both days of the festival, the evening ends with special folk dances and music of the desert region
For entertaining the visitors’ local artists perform the skirt swirling dancers, the thrilling fire dances and several other equally interesting performances. The Camel Festival commemorates with a magnificent display of fireworks which illuminates the desert city of Bikaner
If you are planning your trip to Rajasthan in January, which is the best time to visit Rajasthan, don’t forget to visit the camel festival in Bikaner.