Rajasthan: Marvellous Bikaner Camel Fest 

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Rajasthan: Marvellous Bikaner Camel Fest 

| Updated: January 5, 2023 13:53

In Rajasthan, the city at the edge of the Thar Desert, where the two-day Bikaner Camel Festival, held in January [13–15] and organised by the Rajasthani government’s Department of Tourism, celebrates the hardy camel and is also known as the “ship of the desert.” A celebration centred on the well-known high and mighty camel is a must-see because it is a vital component of daily life in Rajasthan’s desert.

The region around Bikaner is well-known for its camel breeding and the age-old tradition of camel taming and training. The camels of Bikaner are renowned for their grace, beauty, and strength.

The Ganga Risala camel regiment of the former Bikaner army served in both world wars and conflicts in Somaliland, Egypt, and China. This regiment was the forerunner of the Indian Army’s camel unit, the Ganga Jaisalmer Risala, which served in the 1965 India-Pakistan war before disbanding in 1975. Currently, the Border Security Force (BSF) Bikaner Camel Corp still uses the camel to patrol the international border with Pakistan. 

The procession of heavily and beautifully adorned camels begins the first day of the camel festival. They have flower and bead garlands, ankle straps, and highly decorative bridles. The parade starts at the majestic Junagarh Fort, where thousands of locals and tourists are waiting to see the procession. The journey concludes at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium, where the pageantry officially begins.

On the second day of the festival, there are several competitions for both tourists and locals. You can participate in tug-of-war, which is designed for both men and women, but the water-pot race is only for women. Then there’s the turban-tying competition, which is designed specifically for foreign tourists, while locals from Bikaner and surrounding areas compete in wrestling and kabaddi display competitions.

The festival ends with a line-up of performances such as the Kal Belia, Ghoomar dances, and a dazzling fireworks display.

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