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FAIR - FESTIVALS OF INDIA (भारत के मेले-उत्सवों की जानकारी )

CAMEL  FESTIVAL  OF  BIKANER ( 26-28 January 2013 )

A salutation to the ship of the desert ! Camel Festival (January)
Held every year on the full moon night, the festival is dedicated to the indispensable ship of the desert, the camel and is a fascinating spectacle of camel performances including; camel races, camel dances and camel rides, along with the joy, colour and vigour unique to Rajasthan, makes this a joyous event that shouldn't be missed.The camel festival is held in Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jaipur.

» The Camel Festival of Bikaner : The Camel Festival is an event organized in Bikaner by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Government of Rajasthan, every year in the month of January. The Camel Festival begins with a colourful procession of bedecked camels against the red sandstone backdrop of the Junagarh Fort, the festivity advances to the open sand-spreads of the grounds, followed by the best breed competition, the tug-of-war contest, camel dance and acrobatics, etc.

» Camel Charisma : The camels display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their trainers. Bridal, bridles, bejewelled necks, jingling anklets and long, lanky camel shadows on dusky sands cast a magical spell. Hundreds of tourists and thousands of locals and dignitaries revel in this man-and-animal affair organised especially for the tourists.

» The Charm of the Evenings : As evening falls, and the ground is lighted by tiny lamps, strains of music fill the air. Folk artistes play traditional instruments and Gair dancers fill the air with foot tapping rhythm. The celebrations conclude with the awe-inspiring fire dance and the dazzling display of fireworks.

» The Activities : The activities during the Camel Fair include; camel parades, dancing, shearing and other activities; also folk music and dance at the stadium.

Then follows the amazing Camel Derby in the open sandspreads of the Polo Grounds, followed by camel races, camel milking, fur cutting and designing shows, the best breed competition, Dhola Maru competition, the tug-of-war contest, camel acrobatics and camel bands. The camel display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their riders.

Proud owners display their possessions, dressing them up in colourful bridles, neck jewellery, jingling anklets et al. This is definitely the place to be to see the ships of the desert at their best.

Getting there

» By Air : The nearest airport service is at Jodhpur, Jaipur, Delhi.

» By Road : Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Near India Gate) to Bikaner. The roads are very good, and it takes around 8-9 hrs from Jaipur. With good road conditions you can also travel by private car/taxi.

» By Rail : Several trains link it to important cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Jodhpur.

Italki member's welcomed in Bikaner any quarry contact:- aajbharat@mail.com

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 Festival of India
India is a secular country hence the country celebrates an array of Festivals making its culture richer and even more colorful. Given below is a list of festivals celebrated in a date wise order.
*CATTLE FAIR
January/February
Rajasthan
Trading of animals
*PONGAL
January 13-14
Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
Marking change of season
*INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL
January 13-15
Gujarat
Flying kites of varied colours

CATTLE FAIR,Nagaur,Rajasthan
Date- 
 (2 - 5 Feb, 2009)

 CATTLE FAIR,Nagaur,Rajasthan
Date- 
 (22 -2 5 Jan, 2010)
 
Activities
Various games are organized during this four day festival. Tug-of-war, camel races, cock fights etc. provide entertainment to the tourists and visitors. As the sun goes down, a joyous atmosphere is created by the folk music and dance, whose voices echo far and wide across the tranquil desert sand.
 
 

Desert Festival,  Jaisalmer
Dates - 28-30 Jan
Activities
 Folk dances, exciting competitions an contests, especially the turban-tying contest. Mr. Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivities. Colorful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light spectacle is organized wit folk artists performing against the splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely a not-to-be missed event. 

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