International Camel Fair is organized annually in Bikaner,Rajasthan by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture. It is held in January every year to honour the ship of desert, Camel. The gentleness and loyalty of these animals since the ancient times is celebrated at the only center of camel breeding, Bikaner. A large number of visitors throng this festival from far and wide.
Dates and Venue of International Camel Festival 2016
22nd January to 24th January 2016 at Ladera Mela Ground, Bikaner, Rajasthan.
International Camel Festival lasts for three days. The inauguration of the festival is marked by wonderfully decked up camels parading in the backdrop of the spectacular Junagrh Fort. The camels are decorated just like a bride during the three days. It is a treat to the eyes to see camels beautified with heavy ornaments and vibrant colors. Camel dances, camel races camel milking and neck shaking camel rides at Bikaner Camel Festival would take you by awe.
Besides the awesomeness of camels, you would get to witness the stunning performances of Rajasthani folk dance and music. If you have never seen the spectacular Fire Dance live, International Camel Festival of Bikaner is the place to be. Delightful puppet shows are an absolute pleasure for both kids as well as adults. To end the festival, there is a wonderful firework show that transforms the bland skies of Bikaner to an extremely beautiful sight.
You can relish on absolutely mouthwatering camel milk sweetmeats and camel milk tea along with the traditional Rajasthani cuisine. If you want to shop for unique Rajasthani handicrafts, jewelry, pottery and other handmade items, you can head to the stalls in the fair.
Entry: FREE for everyone
Stay and Food
Many hotels are available at Bikaner that offer a good stay for the tourists. You should taste “Bikaneri sev and bhujia”, mirchi bada and ghewar, while in Bikaner and get some packets as souvenirs too.
Reaching International Camel Festival, Bikaner
If you wish to travel by air, Jodhpur is the nearest airport from the venue. It is around 235 kilometers away. Buses as well as private cabs are available to reach Bikaner.
Several trains run to Bikaner from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and many other major cities of India. Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station are the two railheads in Bikaner.
You can even plan a trip by comfortable AC buses or taxis from the nearby cities.
If you have not yet planned your trip, get your ticket reservations as well as accommodation confirmed, grab some woolen clothes and sunscreen lotion, and get going for the most magnificent camel festival in India.