Celebrate India – Bikaner Camel Festival with Yatra.com

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I consider myself lucky to have been born in a country like India where almost every 100 kms on the road the language, the food, the clothes and sometimes even the entire geography changes. This country is a traveler’s delight and is perfect for those extraordinary weekend getaways.

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Celebrate India – Bikaner Camel Festival with Yatra.com

  1. 1. Celebrate India – Bikaner Camel Festival with Yatra.comWhat constitutes a traveler’s perfect weekend getaway? Let me enlighten you. It is usually anew destination with even newer customs & traditions. It’s full of interesting strangers andoffers a handful of unique local activities to pass the time. Distinct local clothing and food workslike icing on the cake.I consider myself lucky to have been born in a country like India where almost every 100 kms onthe road the language, the food, the clothes and sometimes even the entire geographychanges. This country is a traveler’s delight and is perfect for those extraordinary weekendgetaways.Bikaner in Rajasthan is one such destination that offers all theabove mentioned ingredients and the best time to visit it isduring the Bikaner Camel Festival. Winters are the perfecttime to visit this place. As an added bonus all of you who havecraved that camel ride since your childhood but never gotone, this is your chance to get one in its most authentic format the best possible location. My experience of enjoying a rideon the ‘Ship of the Desert’ at the desert itself is something Ijust can’t explain in words! But, as you all know, I love torelive my travelling moments, this one weekend I wouldsurely like to narrate!Since the name itself mentions camels, let me start by telling you that I have personally neverever seen Camels decked up so richly and royally in my entire life. Their bejeweled necks,jingling anklets, bridles and several other pieces of decoration make them look like movingworks of art. On top of that, I got to see them dance………. Actually DANCE! Can you believethat? Even I didn’t i.e. until I saw it with my own eyes. These are highly trained camels whodisplay amazing footwork at the slightest direction of their trainers. DO NOT MISS. Period!Apart from dancing camels, I also had the opportunity to witness some Best camel breedand Tug-of-war competitions along with some cultural performances which included acrobatics,folk dance (swirling-skirt dance), and fire dance and last but not the least the amazing fireworksdisplay at the end of the festival.Another interesting, in fact the most interesting thing about Bikaner is that it is also known asthe Fort city of India. It has a number of well-maintained historical forts that make Bikaner such
  2. 2. a tourist magnet. Its most popular fort, The Junagarh Fort is also used as the backdrop for theentire festival and this is where the festival commences. There are many other popular fortsand palaces which house a number of historical temples and museums that offer an in-depthknowledge of their culture and history. Sadly, since I had only a weekend I couldn’t see all thestructures but god willing, next time I surely will. However, if you can be there for a little longerthan just a weekend, believe me you’ll not regret it.It’s getting late in the night and I have got to go to sleep but before I do I’ll just like to end bymentioning that Rajasthan is bound to appear on almost everyone’s vacation destination listsooner or later. So, if ever you decide to go there any time in the future, take my word for itthat this festival will be the perfect time because during these two days, the city of Bikaner is atits prime and the Rajasthan experience is available at its most authentic.This is Joy signing off,Happy Travel to you all,Good night.Connect with Yatra.com on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube as well.

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