Camel Research Centre,
The National Research Centre on Camels was established in 1984 by the Central Government under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research at the outskirts of Bikaner city to plug research and development on camels. it’s located about 8 km from Bikaner city within the state of Rajasthan in India.
The key objectives of NRCC are camel breeding and health, utilization of camel milk, and its byproducts like ice cream made from it, which makes it a one-of-a-kind institute in India. The farm could also be a posh of camel stables, enclosures, and buildings.
Scientists engage with all stakeholders like camel herders, traders via collaborative programs] for the development of camels.
Significant growth had been made on opportunities of camel milk trade India as a functional food due to its therapeutic health benefits, models of successful camel dairying on a cooperative basis, Camel usage by BSF India as this species is found mainly in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Camels have greatly caught the eye of tourists from India and abroad.
In popular culture
Camels are fondly called the “Ships of the Desert” due to their utility in arid climates. they will live without water for several days. they supply alternative means of transportation in many districts of Rajasthan, which, in turn, saves fuel and also provides livelihood to many camel herders. The Thar Desert is crammed with glorious palaces, natural marvels, and, of course, camels which add to the tourism sector.
Maharaja Ganga Singh of the Bikaner, Rajasthan, India founded Bikaner Camel Corps around 1890 and it participated in World Wars I and II. due to their long explanation, camels are declared the state animal of Rajasthan and a few communities like Raika specifically keep and raising them.
Tourists visiting NRCC and Bikaner enjoy seeing camel calves gamboling around each other during afternoon hours, or camels gathering in sand dunes during sunset. A camel museum is out there to apprise them of the developmental and research aspects of the camel within the desert ecosystem. Facilities available are camel riding, desert safari, camel milk and frozen dessert (locally referred to as kulfi), souvenir shops selling various decorative items like bags, purses, artwork, shawls, small chains, etc.
The International Camel Festival is organized in Bikaner, per annum around 12–13 January. The shows include camel dance, camel race, artwork on various breeds of camels, traditional folk dances by locals.