The world renowned 2-day Camel Festival will be held at Bikaner on 4 and 5 January. Organized by the Department of Tourism and the District Administration – the Camel Festival this year has a greater connotation with the ship of the desert being declared the State Animal. It is to be recalled that the in the year 2011 the prestigious travel magazine the ‘Lonely Planet’ had adjudged the festival as the third best fair in the world.
The lively and colorful festival begins with a spectacular procession of bedecked camels against the red sandstone backdrop of the Junagarh Fort which will head its way to Dr. Karni Singh Stadium. The ceremonial procession will be followed by the formal inauguration, camel decoration and cutting competitions, camel dance competition interspersed with band recital by Army and Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC). Also slated for the day will be Miss. Marvan (Beauty Pageant) Competition, Mr. Bikana Competition, Deepdan (Lily Pond, Public Park Bikaner), cultural evening by Rajasthani folk artists and fireworks display. In the morning there will be a free of cost Camel Safari and Camel Ride for Tourists at village Raisar 15 km from Bikaner City on Bikaner – Jaipur Highway.
On Second day tourists, visitors and the local populace will witness and participate in the various competitions like Kho-Kho, Tug of War, Wrestling, Kabaddi, Turban Tying, Camel Dance, Women Water Pot Race and Women Musical Chair, among others. This will be followed by the cultural performances by artists from various parts of India, fire dance and fireworks display.
The special feature of the event will be the exhibition and sale of camel products by National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium and the Craft and Food Stalls in Craft Bazaar opposite Junagarh Fort. Similarly, a Workshop on Learning Fad Paintings will be organized at Seth Tolaram Bafna School. Apart from this a Yoga Camp will be held at Hotel Laxmi Niwas and a Photography Exhibition at Junagarh Fort Complex during the festival. The entry to the Government Museum for the tourists will be free of cost.