Camel Festival

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The Camel Festival is a lively and colourful event organized in Bikaner by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. Situated in the heart of the desert belt, Bikaner was always an inaccessible land. Before the advent of modern motor vehicles the survival of the people of this region depended on the “ship of the desert” the camel.
The camels of this region are famous for their endurance as well as their strength and beauty. In fact the Bikaner army had an elite camel corps called the Ganga Risala, which took active part in both the world wars. The Ganga Risala was a Camel unit in the Army of independent India and it even took part in the Indo-Pak wars. Bikaner also boasts of the only camel breeding center in India. In fact camel can still be seen pulling heavy loads on carts in this region.

Thousands of excited tourists and local people cheers this man and beast affair organized especially, for promoting the camel breeders of the region and to revive the age old traditions of taming and training camels.
The festival begins with a colourful procession of beautifully decorated camels. The procession heads to the open ground. Here the festivities begin in earnest. The camel pageant is held on the first day. Here the camel owners show off their camel’s decorations and jewellery. Camel dance performances are also held. There are competitions for the best decorated camels, camel milking and also for the best fur cutting design camels. The colourful bridles, bejewelled necks and jingling anklets cast a magical spell on the audience.

On the second day the fleetest camels of the region take part in the camel races. The competition is fierce as the best camels vie for the honors. Thousand of excited tourists and locals cheer the favorites.
On both days the evening end with a rendezvous with the renowned folk artistes of Rajasthan. The jubilant, skirt swirling dances, the awe inspiring fire dances and many other equally interesting performances entertain the visitors.

CAMEL FESTIVAL, BIKANER: 14TH AND 10TH January, 2017
PROGRAM SHEET

TIME EVENT VENUE
14TH JANUARY 2017, Saturday
8:00 – 10:00 am Camel Safari & Camel Riding for Tourists (Free) Village Raisar (15km from Bikaner City on Bikaner Jaipur Highway)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Ceremonial Procession Junagrah Fort to Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:30 – 12:50 pm Inauguration Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:50 – 1:10 pm Bagpiper Band Recital by Army Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
1:10 – 1:50 pm Camel Decoration Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
1:50 – 2:30 pm Camel Fur Cutting Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
2:30 – 2:50 pm Band Recital by R.A.C. Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
2:50 – 3:30 pm Camel Dance Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
3:30 – 4:00 pm Miss Marwan (Beauty Pageant) Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
4:00 – 4:30 pm Mr. Bikana Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
6:30 – 8:30 pm Cultural Evening by Rajasthani Folk Artists Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
15TH JANUARY 2017, Sunday
09:30am – 11:30 am Heritage Walk Rampuria Haweli to Bikaji ki Tekri
12:30 – 01:00 pm Tug of War Competition, Indians vs Foreigners (Male) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
01:00 – 1:30 pm Tug of War Competition, Indians vs Foreigners (Female) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
01:30 – 02:30 pm Villagers Wrestling Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
02:30 – 03:00 pm Kabaddi Display Match Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
03:00 – 03:30 pm Turban Tying Competition (For Foreigners) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
03:30 – 03:50 pm Camel Dance Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
03:50 – 04:20 pm Women Water Pot Race Competition, Indian & Foreigners Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
04:20 – 04:50 pm Women Musical Chair Competition, Indian & Foreigners Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
04:50 – 05:20 pm Prize Distribution Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
06:00 – 08:00 pm Cultural Evening by Rajasthani Folk Artists Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
08:00 – 08:30 pm Fire Dance Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
8:30 pm onward Fireworks Display Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
Other Programme:-
  • Exhibition and sale of camel products by National Reasearch Centre on Camel, Bikaner at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium from 02:00 AM to 06:00 PM on 14th & 15th January 2017.
  • Crafts and Food Stalls in Craft Bazaar Opposite Junagarh Fort from 10:00 am to 04:00 pm on 11th to 17th January 2017.
  • Photography exhibition from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM on 13th to 16th January in Junagarh Fort.

For more detail, Contact Tourists Reception Centre, Hotel Dhola Maru Campus, Bikaner
Ph.: 0151-2226701

|| Friendly Advice||
  • Visitors to Raisar Village are advised not to consume liquor, drugs and wear improper clothes.