India is best known for the vivid cultures it comes up with. No doubt India excels in the popularly known Indian sports like cricket, football, hockey, chess and much more at the international level. But beside all these sports there exist some other interesting sports which are played in different states of this country which only a few of you might know. Here are some lesser known but interesting Indian sports:
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Indian Rural Olympics
Also known as Kila Raipur Sports Festival is a traditional sports festival held in Kila Raipur near Ludhiana in Punjab, India.The festival is held mainly in the month of February. This 3-day festival includes events like cart-racing, rope pulling, wrestling and many other sports. This is the perfect place for the people who love adventurous sports.
Maut Ka Kuan
Popularly known as Wall of Death or Well of Death is the most dangerous sport you will experience in India. A barrel-shaped wooden track of around 20 to 36 feet diameter is made in which the sports daredevils drive their motorcycles on the walls of the well. This sport works on the concept of centrifugal force. It is definitely not recommended for light hearted people.
A sport originating from the state of Kerala is conducted in the season of harvest festival Onam in autumn. A sport which resembles the teamwork is particularly a boat race in which twenty or more people sit in a long boat and race with other boat and try to win. The synchronisation of the people in every boat and the cheering crowd around them is really a treat to watch.
The sport Chouka comes from Tripura. It requires no extra material or no need of money to be invested in this sport. The equipment needed for this sport can be found at any corner of your house. Sea shells, tamarind seeds and broken bangle bits at coins and you are all set to play the specified. It’s the best pastime game you can play anytime anywhere.
Elephant Polo is played in four countries like India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Nepal. In India, it is played in the state of Rajasthan. Elephant Polo originally comes from the country Nepal. The equipment required in this sport are standard polo ball and six to ten-foot cane sticks with polo mallet head on end. Two people ride each elephant; the elephants are steered by mahouts, while the player tells the mahout which way to go and hits the ball.
Thoda comes from the state of Himachal Pradesh. It’s a form of archery requiring the equipment like bow and arrow of course. It is carried out between a group of people. One person holds the bow and arrow, and the other one stands in front of the first one wearing a thick covering on his legs below the knees. The first one has to hit the second one, and the other one tries to move. The traditional music is played in the background on participants dance while playing the game.
Yubi Lakpi is an Indian traditional football game with a twist. The twist is that it is played with a coconut. This sport comes from the state of Manipur. It is similar to rugby in which two teams play to seek the coconut which is used as a ball. The players apply a mixture of mustard oil with water prior so that the opponents could not hold them to snatch the coconut.