The Camel Festival is held in traditional city, Bikaner, which incidentally is called the camel capital of the country. This land has the largest camel breeding farm in India. The festival attracts local, national, and international visitors.
Given that Bikaner is a remote place in Rajasthan, any mention of the festival is correlated with the place. Thus, this single festival has increased the touristic influx in this city. As Bikaner is in the Thar Desert, camels have always been part of daily life.
Therefore, the primary objective of this festival is to showcase the usefulness of this animal. Apart from that, the festival is an opportunity to display arts, crafts, tradition, and the heritage of the place.
The festival is held in the month of January over two days. There are many camel events lined up during this time. Some of them are camel processions, camel races, tug-of-war, camel dances, and camel dressing competitions.
The animals are dressed in an embroidered attire. During the festival, folk artists and musicians give performances and sweets made of camel milk are available for the public. Camel processions start from the Junagarh Fort.
Various competitions are held and prizes are given for each category over two days. This festival is a revenue-generator for the tourism board of Rajasthan.
Distance from Delhi : 430 kms
Time of Celebration : January
Timings : All day
Duration of Celebration : 2 days
Celebrated : In and around Bikaner
Activities : In addition to the competitions like camel race, best decorated camels, tug of war and other exciting games, the camels also shows their footwork, dancing and aerobic skills. During the evening, firecrackers lighten up the sky with full glory.
Accomodation and food : Heritage Resort, Marudyan Resort, Hotel Chirag, Hotel Desert Winds