Camel Festival, Bikaner

Bikaner is the city of Rao Bikaji, the enterprising son of Rao Jodhaji of Marwar, who charted out his own destiny. At Deshnok, he sought the blessing of Karni Devi, a mystic. She prophesied his victory and consequently Bikaner was founded. It came in to being in 1488 A.D.
Camel Festival, Bikaner  
Come January and your heart begins pounding with joy in the Desert City of Bikaner where modern lifestyle has not even brushed off on its enduring tradition. The Camel Festival is a spectacular opportunity to witness the fascinating Ship of Desert- the Camel in its most lively form.
A lively and colourful event, the Camel Festival is organised by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture, Rajasthan in Bikaner every year. January is just the right month for a desert spree, and Bikaner just the right place to see the Ships of the Desert. In the camel country Bikaner, these desert leviathans pull heavy cart loads, transport grain and even work at the wells.

The Camel Festival begins with a colourful procession of bedecked camels against the red sandstone backdrop of the Junagarh Fort, the festivity advances to the open sand-spreads of the grounds, followed by the best breed competition, the tug-of-war contest, camel dance and acrobatics, etc.
The camels display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their trainers. Bridal, bridles, bejewelled necks, jingling anklets and long, lanky camel shadows on dusky sands cast a magical spell.
Camel Festival, Bikaner  
Hundreds of tourists and thousands of locals and dignitaries revel in this man-and-animal affair organised especially for the tourists. The evenings close with a different tenor and tempo altogether: a traditional rendezvous of renowned artists of Rajasthan and the local folk performers. The jubilant skirt-swirling dancers, the awe inspiring fire dance, and the dazzling fireworks light up the fortified desert city of Bikaner.