The Camel Festival is organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Art & Culture every year in the month of January . The Fair includes exclusive Rajasthani legacies and is a complete rendezvous with the rural Rajasthan. This is the time when the ships of the Desert are seen at their very best. Camels have always captivated the mind and imagination of the tourists and have always been the pride of the wild Rajasthan. There fascinating movements, charms and grace indeed erase the rural contours and bring you closer to the intricate rural spectra.
The Camel Festival involves the procession of beautifully decorated camels. The procession further moves towards the open sand grounds. Here, the festival begins in full swing.
The first day involves the Camel pageant where the camel owners beautify and decorate their camels which are further headed for processions. Camel dance performances are also held. A competition for best decorated camel, fur cutting design, camel milking and the best camel hair cut is organised. The camels display amazing foot-work, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their drivers. Colourful bridles, bejewelled necks, jingling anklets and long, lanky camel shadows on dusky sands, cast a marvelous spell.
On the second day, camel races are held which involve the participation of the fleetest camels. The competition is fierce as the best camels vie for the honours. Numerous tourists and local villagers cheer the wild participants.
On both days, the evening ends with a cultural rejuvenation by the renowned folk artists of Rajasthan. The enthusiastic, skirt swirling dances, the awe inspiring fire dances and many other equally interesting performances entertain the visitors. The grand finale is a magnificent display of fireworks which illuminates the desert city of Bikaner.