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‘Ships of the desert’ to delight tourists at Camel Festival in Bikaner

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January 11, 2017, 5:26 pm

Camel Festial in Rajasthan's Bikaner to be organized from Jan 14

The ‘ships of desert’ will enthrall tourists in Bikaner during two-day Camel Festival, starting from January 14 and the tourism department has lined up a verity of fun activities to ensure a great experience for tourists.

Jaipur: You probably have never heard of a beauty contest where only camels can participate. Well, the department of tourist in Rajasthan is planning something just like that!

The ‘ships of the desert’ will enthrall tourists in Bikaner during two-day Camel Festival, starting from January 14. The tourism department is planning to organize a verity of fun activities including camel races, camel milking, and fur cutting designs to ensure a great experience for visitors.

Camel Festival in Bikaner is an annual fair dedicated to the ship of the desert. The camels are beautifully bedecked and form a colourful spectacle.

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A tourist department official said that all the arrangements were made to ensure a comfortable stay for tourists.

“There is plenty of scope for eating, souvenir-shopping and photography at this festival. Other sights to watch out for include folk dancers, fire dancers and the spectacular fireworks show that lights up the night sky above the fortified Desert City,” said an officer.

On 14 January the festival will begin with camel rides and camel Safaris for the tourists at the Gram Raisar at 8 am. This will be followed by the Shobhayatra from Junagarh to Dr Karni Singh Stadium at 11.30 am and an inaugural ceremony at the stadium.

“The ceremony will include performances by the Bagpiper Army Band and RAC Band. On the occasion competitions like camel decoration, camel fur cutting, camel dance, Miss Marwan and Mr. Bikana will also take place. The day will conclude with cultural performances by Rajasthani artisans,” said the officer.

On January 15,  a Heritage Walk from Kote Gate to Bikaji Ki Tekri at 9.30 am has been planned.

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At the Dr Karni Singh Stadium, the visitors will witness competitions like ‘Tug of war’, rural wresting, turban tying (for foreign tourists), she-camel milking, camel dance, among several other activates.  An exhibition match of Kabaddi will also take place.

“Later in the day,  arthen Pot Race and Musical Chair competitions for the women will be organized. This will be followed by the prize distribution ceremony, cultural performances by Rajasthani artistes. Visitors will be mesmerized with the electrifying Fire Dance performance. The fireworks will mark the end of the fest,” said the officer.

First published: January 11, 2017