National Research Camel


Camel Research Farm, Bikaner is a farm engaged in the research of camels. It is located about 8 km from Bikaner city in the state of Rajasthan in India. This is a one-of-a-kind institute in India. The farm is a complex of camel stables, enclosures and buildings. One can enjoy camel rides or ice cream made of camels milk. The farm permits tourists at certain hours of the day. It is interesting to watch camel calves gamboling around and also quite spectacular when the camels return from a day out in the desert. It is also known as a Camel Breeding Farm and was established in 1984 by the central government.

Various breeds of camels are studied at this research center as they are very important for the fragile eco-system of the desert. There is a museum in this research centre which depicts the research and developmental aspects of camels. Facilities like camel riding and Safari are also available. One can also enjoy beverages and ice-creams made of camel milk. It is also known as Camel Breeding Farm and was established in 1984 by the central government.

The camel is an important animal component of the fragile desert eco-system. With its unique bio-physiological characteristics, the camel has become an icon of adaptation to challenging ways of living in arid and semi-arid regions. The proverbial Ship of Desert earned its epithet on account of its indispensability as a mode of transportation and draught power in desert but the utilities are many and are subject to continuous social and economic changes. The camel has played a significant role in civil law and order, defense and battles from the ancient times till date. The world famous Ganga-Risala of erstwhile Bikaner State was accepted as Imperial Service Troup and participated in World War I and II. The camel helped the engineers while constructing the Indira Gandhi Canal in Western part of Rajasthan. Presently, the camel corps constitutes an important wing of Border Security Force of Indian Para-Military Services.

Considering the importance of camel in the socio-economic development of arid and semi-arid zones, the Government of India established a Project Directorate on Camel at Bikaner (India) on 5th July 1984 under aegis of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) which was upgraded to National Research Center on Camel (NRCC) on September 20, 1995. Since the distribution of dromedary camels in India (516828 heads) is confined to the arid and semi-arid areas of North-western India spread out in parts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana, the NRCC is focusing on basic and applied research on one humped camel (Camelus dromedarius). The center is also focusing issues of double humped camel (Camelus bactrianus) found in the cold desert of Nubra Valley of Laddakh region.

History


One-of-a-kind institute in India and Asia’s biggest Camel Farm, the National Research Centre for Camel is a great fun place to visit. Not only will you enjoy the entire ambiance, even your kids will have a gala time here watching the camel calves. The farm was established by the Indian Government in 1984. More than half the camels bred in India come from the National Research Centre including those used in the camel regiment of the Indian Army. The center is a complex of camel stables, buildings, and enclosures. The civilians are allowed to visit the farm for only a few hours, so you’ll be having a limited time to discover the entire fun complex. You can enjoy the camel rides or ice cream made of camel's milk, view the in-house museum, drink refreshing camel milk ‘lassi.' Kids will love to watch baby camel gamboling around. Watching the camel troop returning from their day is also spectacular. National Research Centre on Camel truly promises fun for the family.

The center has been identified as one of the important tourist place of Bikaner and is included in the tourist book. The tourist visiting the canter can see the camel of different breeds and their behaviour. A camel museum is available to apprise them of the developmental and research aspects of the camel in the desert ecosystem. Facilities of camel riding, safari and video/photography are available for the visitors. Camel milk parlour is a special attraction because it vendors unique value added camel milk products like ice-cream, hot and cold beverages. Every year thousands of Foreign and Indian Tourists visit the center.

Visitor Information


Famous for : Museum Experience, Knowledge and seeking, Novelty
Entrance Fee : Rs.30 Per Person for Indians and Rs.100 Per Person for Foreign Tourists. Camera charges Rs. 50, and rides Rs. 50.
Visiting Time : 2 PM – 6 PM (Daily)
Visit Duration : 1 to 2 hours