Double Hump Camel Safari
Camel Safari or Caravan with the double hump camels is not just today’s trend it has been a life line for Ladakh since 17th century till partition 1947. Leh the main town of Ladakh was a tarde centre for traders of Central Asia and rest of India these camels were used for riding and transportation in the..’Silk Route’
About the Two Humped Camel
Bactrian Camel(Camelus bactrianus )
The most distinctive feature of the Bactrian camel is its two humps. These humps, contrary to popular belief, are designed to store fat and not water. They are used for nourishment when food isscarde ambient. However, it is true that bactrian camels can go several days without water. In addition to the water that is normally stored in the body, the Bactrian camel stores about 1.5 gallons in special sacks around its stomach. When water is available, they drink only to replace the water they have lost. If the Bactrian camel has used up all its water it will need to drink about 30 gallons of water to fill up. This only takes about 10 minutes. The camel is extremely well suited to water conservation. It sweats very little, emits very little water as a waste fluid, and can change its body temperature threshold depending on the ambient temperature to help contain water loss. Bactrian camels are usually a beige color with hair that ranges from short to long depending on the season. To protect themselves from sand and the harsh conditions they live in, they bushy eyebrows, a double row of long eyelashes, hair inside the ear, and they can tightly close their nostrils and lips to keep out flying sand. They have very tough mouths that are not bothered by eating hard, sharp objects such as thorns. Most of the Bactrian camels that you find today are domesticated. There are very few (estimated 300) wild Bactrian camels.
Bactrian camels are classified as herbivores. They prefer vegetation that is prickly, dry, salty, and/or bitter. However, when food is scarce they will eat bones, and various types of animal flesh. They have even been known to eat rope, sandals, and tents. Camels also incur no ill effects by drinking salty or brackish water. Their ability to eat a wide range of products attributes to their success in very harsh conditions.
The Bactrian camel lives primarily in Central Asian deserts north of the Himalayas.
Birth & Offspring
Young camels are able to stand and walk when they are only a few hours old. They will stay with their mother for 3 to 5 years.
Hunder which falls on the historic Silk Route, used to be a busy trade stopover with caravans of Bactrian camels moving in and out of the Nubra Valley. After the closure of the Silk Route, most of the camels were let off into the wild. Of late, some of them have been domesticated and are being used for the touristy camel rides. It is one of the two surviving camel species. They have two humps on its back, in contrast to the single-humped Dromedary camels. The Bactrian camels are large even-toed ungulates native to the steppes of central Asia.
Camel Safari in Ladakh is one of the most unforgettable experiences. Bacterian Camel Safari trip in ladakh begins from Nubra, exploring the quaint Diskit village and a visit to Gompa providing an excellent valley view. The double back bactarian camel was one of the most reliable modes of transport for habitants of Turk’s.
Travellers can enjoy Safari from May to September, it takes about 2 hours for single ride to complete.