Bikaner Camel Festival 2019
International Camel Festival is held every year in January. Organised by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, the city celebrates the festival in honour of the “Ship of the Desert — The Camel”. Beautifully adorned camels and performances by artistes from different regions are the key attraction for both domestic and foreign tourists. The event includes spectacular camel performances like Camel dances, Camel races, Neck shaking Camel rides. Activities such as Fur cutting, Camel decoration and Designing are also organized.
Competitions like Mr Bikana and Miss Marwan are also held during the festival
History of Bikaner Camel Festival
This yearly event is dedicated to the animals surviving the harsh desert conditions. The festival was organized as an initiative by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture of the Rajasthan Government. Camels and the Bikaner have a long association. Since the era of the founder of the city Rao Bika Ji, Bikaner is the only camel breeding region. The Camels raised here have been enrolled even in the army. 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.
Details of Bikaner Camel Festival 2019
The Camel Festival in Bikaner is a two day . The event starts off with a colorful parade of beautifully adorned camels against the backdrop of majestic Junagarh Fort. Enjoy the spectacular displays of camels dressed in vibrant bridles, traditional necklace and heavy anklets showing off wonderful footwork to the lovely tunes on desert sands. Also witness the array of camel race events, camel games and other cultural performances. Hundreds and thousands of tourists and locals revel in this traditional festival. Feel absolute pleasure in the delightful ambiance.
Though the festival is exclusively organized to glorify the camels, 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. The ambiance of the fair inspires fire dancers to perform brilliant acts. The melodies of folk music is as amazing as you can fall in love it . The puppet shows are also amazing. The puppets are dressed beautifully and tells the long lost stories and folk tales. The festival concludes with a spectacular firework display which illuminates the skies of Bikaner.
The Bikaner Camel Fair gives you an opportunity to indulge into the unique camel milk sweetmeats and camel milk tea. The local Rajasthani dishes appetizes all the food lovers. There are shops in the market who offer excellent handicrafts, jewellery, pottery and rare delights.
Other attractive places to visit in Bikaner while in Camel Fair.
After visiting the Camel Fair in Bikaner, you might want to explore some of the city’s other attractions.
1. Junagarh Fort
The Junagarh Fort was built around 1590 AD by Rulers of Bikaner Estate. Its temples and palaces are preserved as museums and provide insight into the grandiose living style of the past Maharanas of Rajasthan.
2. Laxmi Niwas Palace
The Laxmi Niwas Palace is a former residential palace built by Maharajah Ganga Singh, the ruler of the former state of Bikaner. It was designed by the Britisharchitect, Col Samuel Swinton Jacob in the year 1902. The style of architecture is Indo-Saracenic. It is now a luxury Heritage hotel owned by the royal family of Bikaner.
3. Rao Bikaji’s Fort
Rao Bikaji’s first fort, built in 1478 is now in ruins. A hundred years later a new fort was built about 1.5 km from the city centre, named Junagarh Fort.
4. Karni Mata Temple
The Karni Mata (करणी माता) Temple or the Rat Temple of Rajasthan is situated around 30 km away from the Bikaner city and is dedicated to Karni Mata, a famous mystic of her times, believed to be an incarnation of goddess Durga. The locals will be quick to point out that the creatures running around in the temple are not rats, they are kaabe (plural, kaaba singular). Kaabe are believed to be reincarnations of humans who had been devotees of Karni mata, and the brevity of human life did not sufficiently satisfy their devotion.
5. Mukam Bishnoi Temple
The Mukam Temple can be found in nearby Nokha. The Mukam is holy place of 29 rules follower Bishnois.Bishnoi sect was founded by Guru Jambeshwar.Bishnois are much protective about nature.Mukam Temple is the place where the soul of guru Jambeshwar lies on every no moon day (amavasya) there is mob of Bishnois in the temple.
6. Laxminath Temple
Built by Maharaja Rao Lunakaran, Shri Laxminath Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bikaner and just 4 kilometres away from the famous Junagarh Fort. Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi, grace the sacred sanctum of the temple. The most exquisite artwork inside the temple apart from the shrines is the doorway which is embellished in silver work. Festivals like Janmashtmi, Nirjala Ekadashi, Rama Navami, Diwaliand Gita Jayanti are majorly celebrated at the temple.
7. Bhandasar Jain Temple
Bhandasar Jain Temple is known for its beautiful leaf paintings, frescoes and ornamented mirror work. This temple was constructed by Bhandasa Oswal in the 15th century. This temple is constructed using red sand stone with beautiful paintings on walls and pillars of the sanctum and mandapa. The temple is dedicated to the 5th tirthankar sumatinatha. The temple consist of garbhagriha, antarala, mahamandapa and ardhamandapa
Dates of BCF 2019
Every year this event is organised in the month of January ,this time around it will be celebrated on 12th and 13th January.
Tickets for Bikaner Camel Fair
Bikaner Camel Festival is open to the public and anyone can come and be a part of this colourful celebration.
How to Reach
To reach Bikaner, the nearest airport is Jodhpur International Airport. The city lies 235 kilometers from the air terminal. Domestic and international flights connect the city to destinations all over the world. Once you reach the airport, you can easily access Bikaner by roads. There are a number of buses and taxis that ply one this route. You can avail any of these facilities to reach the camel city.
Delhi to Bikaner : 09:45 AM to 11:15 AM, Bikaner to Jaipur : 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM, Jaipur to Bikaner : 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM, Bikaner to Delhi : 02:45 PM to 04:10 PM
Bikaner is service by two railway stations; Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station. Both the stations are located at a distance of approximately 6 kms away from the main city and are well-connected with most of the Indian cities. There are frequent trains from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jodhpur and other important cities of India.
By Road, Bikaner is well connected to every city in Rajasthan, the capital city Delhi and other important cities. Frequent buses of the state transports, AC deluxe buses, sleeper coaches, taxis and private vehicles ply on the route.
Cuisine of Bikaner
The city is most famous for its savoury snack Bikaneri bhujia which is sold all over the world and also have Geographical Indication tag to keep it’s originality intact. Other special Food items for which Bikaner is well known are Bajre ki Roti (Chapati made up of Pearl millet flour), Dal baati Churma, Ghevar, Halvas, Papads/Papadum, Rasgulla, etc. The Kachori and Samosa can be seen/purchased at every nook and corner are highly recommended by the locals. Rajasthani sweets(mithai) & snacks(namkeen) fondly attracts everyone.
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