Photos: Bikaner Camel Festival 2014 (99 Photos!)

The state of Rajasthan India has a long tradition with the camel dating back thousands of years.  There are many Camel Festivals throughout, but the most well known is the one in Bikaner.  I happened to be in town while it was going on and it was the highlight of my time in Bikaner.

Bikaner Camel Festival 2014

Bikaner Camel Festival 2014

Bikaner Camel Festival

The dazzling display of colors, decorated camels, and festivities begins with a procession though the streets of Bikaner.  Ending at the Dr Singh stadium, thousands of people from all over the world gather to witness a piece of historical Rajasthani culture in a display of singing, dancing, competition, and whimsical moments that had me left asking, “is this real?”

The answer is, “yes, this is real, and really fucking cool.”

The Bikaner Camel Festival did a great job of making me as a foreign tourist feel the Indian hospitality that is known around the world.  There was special seating for us to keep us protected from the onslaught of stares, requests for photos, and the constant barrage of people wanting to talk, touch, and be with us.

Some of the festivities were even catered towards tourists.  There was a turban tying competition that only foreigners were allowed to enter and a tug of war match that put the tourists against the locals, only to be defeated by the strength of the Rajasthani warrior culture.

I was only able to attend 2 days of the weekend long event (due to having to go on a camel safari), but it was 2 days that I will remember for a long time to come.  The Rajasthan tourist bureau did an amazing job of displaying the heritage of the region in a well organized event that did a fantastic job of not only including us foreigners, but making us part of this wonderful event.

99 Photos from Bikaner Camel Festival 2014

  • Brie’

    One of my favorites yet. Each time I flipped to the next picture, I felt like I saw a little bit more of a culture that I know very little of. Thank you Chuck for taking pictures like this and sharing them with everyone.

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