Bikaner Camel Festival 2019: Honouring the ‘Ship of the Desert’

The two days when the ‘ship of the desert’ is paid a tribute, Bikaner Camel Festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm and vigour. Organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, the festival is a perfect event to witness the glorious Rajasthani culture and heritage.

Date: 12th and 13th January
Location: Bikaner


The celebration includes a myriad of events, competitions, and functions including best-decorated camel, fur cutting design, camel beauty pageant and the best camel hair cut. The festival also showcases folk performances by the local artists.


A parade of gorgeously bedecked camels against the backdrop of the red Junagarh Fort marks the  start of this event followed by other festivities of immense vibrancy and vigour. The local dancers with their colourful swirling skirts (Ghoomar Dance), the lively fireworks and the crazy fire dancers turn the day into a carnival of delight.



1- Apart from carrying your camera, which is a must, don’t forget to take your favourite woollens because the nights tend to get chilly.
2- On the contrary, during the day your sunglasses would come in handy because it is extremely bright and sunny.
3- It is advisable to stay in touch with the officials from the Department of Tourism rather than the local tour agents.

Other than enjoying the festivities, also pay a visit to Junagarh Fort, Bikaner Camel Breeding Farm, and Karni Mata Temple. Also, refer to the Bikaner travel guide to know all about this beautiful city.