Kila Raipur Rural Olympics is a unique sports festival that takes place in Punjab districts for almost 80 long years. It is an absolute delight to witness the remarkable games that are played during the four days of the festival. If you wish to be a part of a crazy sports celebration amidst more than a million visitors, Kila Raipur is the place to be.
Dates and Venue
4th February to 7th February 2016 at Kila Raipur village near Ludhiana
Why one must visit the Kila Raipur Rural Olympics
The event was conceived in the year 1933 by philanthropist Inder Singh Grewal to promote the idea of healthy mind in a healthy body. During the event, villagers including all the farmers forget their routine and join hands to perform some crazy sports activities. The lively ambiance of Kila Raipur and the most amazing stunts make the Rural Olympics such a huge hit. Sports enthusiasts from all over India head to the venue to exhibit their talent.
You can witness the most splendid bullock cart race, camel race, horse dance and dog race. Besides, it also includes exciting sports like tug-of-war, tractor race and stunts on moving vehicles. Sportsmen use teeth to lift up bicycles, bricks at and men dragging cars or tractors with their teeth or pushing them with their ears.
Riding a bicycle with burnt wheels is not a big deal for the sportsmen here but is surely an interesting sight for the thousands of onlookers who cannot even blink their eyes as long as the show is on. Martial arts, Kabaddi and other traditional sports are also played during the event with great zest. Octogenarian race is a recently introduced sport event over here. The winner of this event is bestowed with lots of respect and honor.
Sports events are not the only fun part of Kila Raipur Rural Olympics. It is also popular for mesmerizing cultural programmes performed by the natives. Nights become all the more alluring during the festival as extremely talented dancers perform the folk dances Gidha and Bhangra. You too would surely get compelled to get groovy to their impressive moves. The amazing food stalls with mouthwatering Punjabi food is the added attarction
Reaching the Kila Raipur Rural Olympics
Kila Raipur is around 15 to 20 kilometers from Ludhiana. You can reach Sahnewal Airport of Ludhiana through flight. Private cabs can be taken from there to reach Kila Raipur. You can choose to reach Ludhiana by train too. Kila Raipur has its own railhead and a few trains like Hisar-Amritsar Passenger, Tirunelveli-Katra Express and Andaman Express stop over here.
Stay and Food
If you wish to check out Rural Olympics, you can choose to stay at Ludhiana as there are several options available for a comfortable stay over there. Punjabi cuisine like parathe with a dollop of ghee, makke di roti-sarso da saag, rajma-chawal and Punjabi kadhi is a must try whenever you are at Ludhiana.
Kila Raipur Rural Olympics is certainly a once in a lifetime experience to cherish forever. Block the first weekend of February for this utterly enjoyable and unique festival depicting the richness of Indian sports with a touch of Punjab.