Believe It or Not!
Every year the northern Indian city of Bikaner holds what looks to be a pretty unique state of affairs with camels – a full fledged Camel Festival!
And if you know camels, then you know how unruly they can be when you want them to do just about anything. Knowing they’re about as obedient as a smartmouth teenager makes this parade of artsy-fartsy camels that much more amazing.
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Before the advent of modern motor vehicles the survival of the people of this region depended on the “ship of the desert” the camel. The camels of this region are famous for their endurance as well as their strength and beauty. So to celebrate them, thousands of excited tourists and local people cheer this man and beast affair organized especially, for promoting the camel breeders of the region and to revive the age old traditions of taming and training camels.
The festival begins with a colorful parade of incredibly decorated camels then the procession heads over to open ground where the camel pageant show is held. Here owners show off their camel’s decorations and jewelry. Awards are given for the best decorated camels, camel MILKING and also the best fur cutting design.
The second day rings in a fleet of fierce camels all racing to the finish line. The evening ends with a rendezvous with the renowned folk artists of Rajasthan. The jubilant, skirt swirling dances, the awe inspiring fire dances and many other equally interesting performances entertain the visitors. Sounds like a good time!