All You Need to Know about Bikaner Camel Festival, Rajasthan
The princely state and the fourth largest city in Rajasthan, Bikaner is the only camel breeding region. It is most sought place after Rajasthan. Bikaner drives many tourists, travel freaks and cultural enthusiasts to its vicinity. Initiated and Organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Bikaner Camel Festival is a yearly event in January that the city celebrates in honor of the ship of the desert, Camel. It is a grand celebration of two days similar to other spectacular celebrations in Rajasthan. One can observe camel performances like camel dances, camel races, neck shaking camel rides etc.
Since the era of Rao Bikaji, the founder of this city, these tough animals were part of the troops in the war. The camel corps are known as “Ganga Risala” and have served in the world wars and Indo-Pak wars. Indian army still maintains a regiment where these brave animals loyally service in the Border Security Force.
Pack your bags to be a part of the Bikaner Camel Festival, this coming year, 2018. The Bikaner Camel Festival will be celebrated on 13Jan2018 and 14Jan2018. But why one should visit Bikaner? Check out the reasons:
5 Interesting Reasons To Visit Bikaner This January, 2018:
- Watch the Camels as never before: The camels are decorated with vibrant colourful dresses, traditional necklaces and heavy anklets. Witness an array of spectacular camel race events, camel games and other cultural performances. Delve into the Indian culture like never before!
- Mesmerize into the traditional tunes: The traditional Rajasthani folk dance performances and music add largely to the charm of this festival. The fascinating Fire Dance adds glamour to the festivities. Tourists enjoy the Fire Dance and the ambiance of the fair inspires the fire dancers to perform and showcase their brilliant acts. One will get the taste of the real Bikaner in that soothing environment. Puppet shows are fun to watch. Not to miss!
- Relish the sweetness of camel milk: Savor the camel milk sweetmeats and camel milk tea. One can also get to taste the local Rajasthani cuisine.
- Sightseeing around Camel Fair: Since the camel fair takes place against the backdrop of the majectic Junagarh Fort, one can visit and praise the intricate stone carvings of the fort that adorn the red and gold colored sandstones.
- A great place for History lovers: If you are fond of history and architecture then you shouldn’t miss the near by places:
a)Devi Kund: A collection of cenotaphs (chattris) which showcase an amazing blend of Rajputana and Islamic style of architecture.
b) Bhandasar Jain Temple, is an excellent Jain architecture dedicated to Sumatinath, the fifth Tirthankara of Jainism.
c)Prachina Cultural Centre & Museum: It is one of the main storehouses of the historical objects and ancient artifacts of Bikaner.
d)Deshnok Temple: It is also known as Deshnok Karni Mata Temple, is dedicated to Karni Mata. In this temple rats are venerated. Interesting, Isn’t it?
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