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Experience Punjab With Kila Raipur!


Kila Raipur was on my travel wishlist for the last couple of years. The time when I saw the festival on MTV Sound Trippin, I wanted to experience the extravaganza by myself.

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In a time when everything in India is going mainstream and is on the tourist map, Kila Raipur was something that I had to experience at any cost. Then came February 2017 and I made sure that I visit this festival this time. I looked on the internet and came across the official website with most of the information written in Punjabi. A few travel blogs gave me a basic idea of the festival and commute.

Kila Raipur Sports Festival, or as the locals call it, Killa Rapper, is located a few kilometers away from Ludhiana. You can either take a bus to Dehlon (pronounced Dhellon) and then take a tuk tuk to the festival ground or you can hire a taxi from Ludhiana itself.

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The festival runs for three days and sportsmen from different fields of expertise come here from villages of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. There are different events like 100, 400 and 1600 meter sprint, desi and sports cycle race, wheelchair race for the army veterans, weight lifting contests with truck tires and wheat sacks. The festival provides equal opportunity for animals to compete. There are hunter dogs from Punjab Police, the mules, horses and even camels participating in the event.

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It was a pleasant experience to see that the festival is still free from corporate sponsors and hoardings. The festival started with a Kabbadi match. Two teams started the bout trying to outmatch each other. Soon the match turned into a high flying action. None of the participant's feet touched the ground for next 30 minutes.

It is the local spectators who amplify the whole effect. The sportsmen participating represent their village and it is a matter of pride for them.

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The prime attraction of the event is the horse and the mule cart race. There were competitors from Rajasthan, Haryana and the host state Punjab. Many Singhs were spotted at the festival as participators as well as the audience. The moment the horses and their jockeys' carts raced to the finish line, it seemed like they were just flying in the air.

Kila Raipur has something to offer to everyone, whether you are a sports enthusiast, a photographer or a culture seeker, you’ll find every kind of game that will suit your likes.

When: Kila Raipur Rural Olympics is held every year in the month of February.

How to Reach: Ludhiana is the nearest city where you can stay. There are buses leaving for Dehlon after every half an hour from I.S.B.T. Kashmiri Gate. From Dehlon you can catch a tuk-tuk to the sports venue. Travel like a local and experience one of the best festivals of your life!

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