Bikaner is one of those celebrated cities in the state of deserts, Rajasthan that holds a special attraction for tourists from around the world. Founded in 1488 AD by the Rathore prince Bika, the city is as famous for its delicacies as it is for its wool production and the largest Camel Breeding and Research farm in India.
The old world royal charm that comes with the forts and palaces combined with the mystic quality of deserts has this city stand apart from the rest. Add to that its vibrant cultural heritage displayed with its numerous fairs and festivals, and you’ve got a favourite among other tourist destinations in North India.
One of the most popular events in Bikaner is the Camel Festival held every January that easily attracts hundreds of tourists flocking here to see the grandeur of camels with the procession, exhibition and sale along with the traditional crafts.
The festival has made Bikaner one of the most attracting destinations in Rajasthan and given a strong boost to the tourism industry in the city.
The festival usually lasts for two days of period in the month of January, during which the camels are decorated and carried out in a procession starting from Junagarh Fort. The entire atmosphere is bright, cheery and colorful with all the decorations and stalls.
Among the list of competitions, the popular ones include ‘camel in best attire’, ‘camel with best hair cut’, a ferocious camel race and so on. The festival not only showcases the best of camels from across the state but also displays some of the best handicrafts the state boasts of.
Folk songs, folk dances, needle crafts & embroidery and stone artifacts are some of the arts displayed in stalls at the festival. Delicacies made from camel milk are also available on sale here. The entire festival is like two days of buzzing energy and getting enthralled by a multi-dimensional culture.