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Camel Festival, Bikaner

Organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, the Camel Festival, Bikaner is a jovial and colorful event. Bikaner, the complex town dotted with sandstone structures is arguably one of the most fascinating places in Rajasthan is made more so by the Camel Festival, Bikaner. This festival is much more than a mere annual cultural extravaganza, it is a tribute to the 'ship of the desert' that is so integral and indispensable to the desert life.

January is the best time for a desert spree and the Camel Festival. Bikaner is the right place to catch a glimpse of the camels pulling heavy cart loads, engaged in the laborious task of transporting grains and working at the wells. The Camel Festival, Bikaner is initiated by a colorful procession of the caparisoned camels with the Junagarh Fort serving as the backdrop. The festivities however are not constricted to a particular area but fan out to the desert sands where the best camels are engaged in the task of outshining each other in a variety of competitions. The competitions comprise of tug of war contests, camel dance, acrobatics, the best dressed camel, the camel with the best haircut and various others.

Camels tapping their foot at the direction of the trainers will leave you amazed. During the festival, the guests are served with authentic desert sweets prepared of the purest of camel milk. Both the tourists and the locals love to be a part of this spectacular man and animal affair, with the camels as the real show stealers.

The 2-day camel festival mesmerizes you into a delightful world of merry-go-rounds, well-adorned camels, jugglers, puppeteers, snake charmers, fortunetellers, fireworks and undying desert appeal. The Camel Festival, Bikaner is concluded with the performances of distinguished Rajasthani artists, folk musicians and dancers. The dazzling fireworks that add a sparkle to the desert sky is a feast for the eyes.

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