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Camel Festival is an annual festival dedicated to the ship of the desert. Organised by Rajasthan Tourism in the month of January, the celebrations include camel races, camel milking, fur cutting design, best breed competition, camel acrobatics and camel beauty pageants. The camels themselves are beautifully bedecked and form a colourful spectacle against the red backdrop of the Junagarh Fort. There’s plenty of scope for eating, souvenir-shopping and photography at this festival. Other sights to watch out for include the skirt-swirling folk dancers, fire dancers and the spectacular fireworks show, that lights up the night sky above the fortified Desert City.

Camel the ship of the Desert holds a very important place in the heart and lives of Rajasthani people. To recognize the importance of this useful animal, Camel Festival is celebrated with great joy in Bikaner every year in the month of January. This grand celebration brings Bikaner city to life as the event opens with beautiful & colourful procession of ornamented and accessorized camels that walks gracefully. The magnificent and massive Junagarh Fort serves as the perfect backdrop to the festival. Many activities takes place after the opening procession such as tug-of-war, camel dance competitions, puppet show, the best breed of camel contest and many more enjoyable actions are seen. The best part of the festival is the wonderful and amazing Camel Dance show in which the brilliantly trained camels dance in synchronisation to the drumbeats and music played for them and leaves everyone almost speechless.

Outside the mela ground, there’s a fairground-cum-market, where you can buy the finest of camel or human decorations before taking a spin on a Ferris wheel for a view over the vast expanse of camels.

During the fair, accommodation prices in Pushkar can be up to 10 times the normal rate. Dozens of tented tourist camps are erected around town for the fair, but you will still need to book a bed well ahead of time.