The Department of Tourism, Art & Culture hosts the Bikaner Camel Festival each year in Bikaner, Rajasthan. The city of Bikaner holds the Bikaner Camel Festival in January to honour the Camel, also known as the “Ship of the Desert,” which has survived the city’s severe weather and given the natives a way of life since Rao Bika Ji created it. The Rajasthani government’s Department of Tourism, Art, and Culture was responsible for organising this mega event. When compared to other festivals in Rajasthan, this fair is one of the most well-known in Bikaner. The major attractions at the event are magnificent camel shows like camel dances, racing, camel rides, etc.
The Bikaner Camel Festival lasts for two days. The celebrations begin with a vibrant procession of beautifully decorated camels against the historic Junagarh Fort. The festivities also feature musical performances and a number of competitions in which attendees can actively compete, such as the Earthen Pot Race, Musical Chair, Wrestling, Tug of War, and many more to keep you entertained throughout your visit to this amazing Camel fair.
Visitors can enjoy the various daytime programmes while admiring and purchasing traditional Rajasthani clothing, accessories, artifacts, souvenirs, etc. Yes! This venue is also a shopping paradise for everyone who loves taking souvenirs back home and wants to get dressed in something traditional to enjoy the festival like the locals. Tourists all over the world witness this mega festival and enjoy their time here. Even though the festival is solely set up to celebrate camels, Rajasthani traditional music and dance performances greatly enhance its allure.
Along with so many entertainment shows and shopping, food is one of the major parts of this amazing camel fair. Once you are here, try every Rajasthani delicacy and activate your tastebud to get ready for the next food item. Every cuisine you try here will be remembered by you as Rajasthan is one of the most favorite states in India which is famous for amazing food. Don’t forget to try Daal Bati Churma, Laal Maas, Mohan Maas, Gatte Ki Sabzi, Rajasthani Kadhi, Ker Sangri, Bajre ki Roti, etc and once you are done having savory items, make some space for sweet desserts like the Mohanthaal, Balushahi, Churma Laddoo, Badam ka Halva, Mawa Kachori, Ghevar, Gujiya, etc.
Bikaner Camel Fair dates 2023:
11th and 12th January.
How to reach Bikaner Camel Fair:
By Air: The nearest airport is Jodhpur airport which is around 250 km away from Bikaner.
By Train: Bikaner Junction & Lalgarh Railway Station are the two stations located inside Bikaner. Trains from major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Punjab, etc are easily available.
By Road: Government buses are available on regular basis to reach the festival venue. One can also reach the venue by their own vehicle. Please note regular buses from Delhi, Agra, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Udaipur & Kota are available for Bikaner.