Monday, January 24, 2011
In the earlier times, when there were no modern means of transport available in Rajasthan, camels were used for commuting. They were an important part of the day to day life of the local population and were hence called the 'ship of the desert'. Even today, camels play a significant role in people's life and fascinate travellers coming from far and wide.
For this reason the Tourism department of Rajasthan thought of organizing a festival, telling the travelers about the importance of the camels and boost tourism simultaneously. Bikaner Camel festival, organized in the month of January, is a two day fest that attracts travelers from all around the world. With the majestic Junagarh Fort as its backdrop, this festival is a real treat for every visitor's eye.
The Camel Festival begins with a huge procession, where the camels and their owners come marching in a grand manner towards the open sand grounds. All the camels are decorated with traditional Rajasthani dress fabric and jewelery for the camel dance which is very new for every tourist. Apart from this there are some really interesting and entertaining competitions. But the main attraction of this entire fest is the Camel beauty pageant giving are very own top model a run for their money.
Along with it the folk performances of the local artists in the evening will make you dance on their tunes. On the last day you will be mesmerized with the beautiful firecrackers, enlightening the whole sky and leaving an everlasting impression on your mind.
While in Bikaner during the Camel festival do not forget to taste the various delicacies made from camel milk and also buy sweet dishes for your home. In the end complete your tour with some exciting shopping of the handicraft items in the local markets.