Camel Festival 2023: From camel dance to beauty contest, see at Camel Festival in Bikaner – न्यूज़लीड India

Camel Festival 2023: From camel dance to beauty contest, see at Camel Festival in Bikaner

Camel Festival 2023: From camel dance to beauty contest, see at Camel Festival in Bikaner


Bikaner city of Rajasthan is famous for the taste of Namkeen. But for the last few years, the Camel Festival has brought a new global identity to this city.

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Lekhaka-Manshul Rathodiya

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 17:12 [IST]

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Camel Festival 2023 from camel dance to beauty contest in bikaner

Camel Festival 2023: Preparations for the three-day Camel Festival, to be held from January 13, are going on in full swing in Bikaner, Rajasthan. The Rajasthan Tourism Corporation Limited (RTDC) as well as the local administration is leaving no stone unturned to make this celebration grand. This festival organized every year is so grand that it is difficult to even imagine. After all, why is the Camel Festival celebrated so grandly, what is its history, let us know in detail.

what is camel festival

Oont Mahotsav (Camel Festival) was first organized in 2000 by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC). It is an annual event held in Bikaner usually in the month of January. Camel Festival is being organized in Bikaner since its inception. Bikaner has a camel research and breeding centre, the only center of its kind in Asia, which provides assistance to camel owners and preserves the endangered species of camels. The festival starts from Junagarh Fort and ends at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium, the main venue of the festival.

The festival showcases the cultural richness of Rajasthan, the beauty of the desert and the importance of camels to the world. Camels have been an integral part of the culture and daily life of the people of Rajasthan for centuries. The Camel Festival also provides an opportunity to promote the traditional art, music and dress of Rajasthan.

Highlights of the Camel Festival over the years

Ever since the Camel Festival started, it has been a major tourist attraction. About 2500 domestic and foreign tourists had reached the 2022 Camel Festival. In the Camel Festival of the year 2022, 14-year-old Asmit Ali Mir tied a 900 meter long safa in 18 minutes, which was made by combining about 95 safas. This year, a video of a Japanese woman doing art work on a camel with her hair went viral on social media. The cost of the most expensive camel sold so far in the Bikaner Camel Festival was 80 thousand rupees, which was sold in the year 2018.

what else remains special

Camels are the center of this festival, so there are many events related to them, such as camel races, where camels of all ages and breeds compete in a race, with prizes given to the winners. Similarly, in camel beauty pageants, camels are judged on their physical characteristics, such as the size of their humps, fur, and overall appearance. Also, different artifacts are also made on the body of camels by cutting their hair.

Camel dance is most liked in this festival. Apart from these dances other competitions are also held like camel polo and camel acrobatics. There is also a camel milk competition in which it is decided which camel’s milk is the most nutritious. In this festival, camels are decorated with designs and patterns, which are called camel tattoos.

Apart from competitions, this festival is also a great platform for camel owners to sell and buy their cattle. Along with this, Rajasthani cultural programs, folk music and folk dance performances and traditional games are also made a part of the festival to woo the tourists.

BSF also takes part

BSF and camel have a very deep and old relation. BSF personnel sit on camels and monitor the border with Pakistan’s Rajasthan. Prior to independence, the Imperial Army also had the ‘Ganga Risala’ Camel Corp, established by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner, which fought in both World Wars apart from Somaliland, Egypt and China. After independence, the Ganga Jaisalmer Risala, a camel unit of the Indian Army, participated in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. However, in 1974 this unit of the Camel Corps was converted into an infantry unit and an artillery unit named Ganga Risala. The Border Security Force (BSF) also participates in this festival with its camel squad. In which the tricks of camels are shown and a parade of camels is also taken out by them.

Apart from Bikaner Camel Festival, these festivals of Rajasthan are also special.

Pushkar Camel Festival: The Pushkar Camel Fair, which is held along with the main Pushkar Fair, is an annual event held in the city of Pushkar, Rajasthan. The Pushkar fair takes place during the Kartik Purnima in November and a large cattle fair is also held in it. It is one of the largest camel fairs in the world.

Nagaur Cattle Fair: Nagaur Cattle Fair, also known as Nagaur Fair, is an annual event held in Nagaur city of Rajasthan. This fair takes place in the month of January and February, which usually lasts for eight days. It is one of the largest cattle fairs in India and one of the oldest livestock markets in the country.

Marwar Festival: The Marwar Festival, also known as Mand Mahotsav, is held every year in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The Marwar Festival is celebrated in October and is a celebration of Rajasthani culture and heritage. The festival is dedicated to the Marwar region of Rajasthan, known for its rich culture, history and tradition.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival: The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is a festival held every year in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan during the month of February and is a celebration of the culture, heritage and way of life of the people of the Thar Desert. The Jaisalmer Desert Festival includes various traditional and cultural activities like folk music and dance performances, puppet shows.

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Camel Festival 2023 from camel dance to beauty contest in bikaner

Story first published: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 17:12 [IST]

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