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[A sowar of the Bikaner Camel Corps on his mount showing details of kit.]

[A sowar of the Bikaner Camel Corps on his mount showing details of kit.]

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 15/5(38)

Item number: 38

Length: 26

Width: 22.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a sowar (rider) of the Bikaner Camel Corps on his mount at Bikaner in Rajasthan, taken by an unknown photographer during the Viceroy Lord Elgin's 'Autumn Tour 1896'. This album contains photographs, newspaper cuttings, addresses of welcome, programmes and a map of the tour. The Camel Corps or Ganga Risala, formed by Ganga Singh (1887-1943), fought in China, Somaliland, Egypt and the Middle East as part of the British Army in India. It is now part of the Indian Army's Border Security Force. The regiment are noted for their impressive appearance, particularly their uniforms with colourful turbans. As part of the Border Security Force they maintain long vigils on their camels in the extreme heat of the border country of the Thal desert. The city of Bikaner was founded in 1488 by Bhika, the son of Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur, and is the fourth largest city in Rajasthan.

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