Despite the hurdle of colossal mountains and inhospitable terrains, lucrative trade connections between India, China, Tibet, and Central Asia continued in the ancient times via a network of land routes. Due to their multifarious abilities – to carry heavy loads, withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures, and to travel for days without water – the Bactrian camels’ made perfect caravan animals. With withering trade, the route closed in the late1950 and as a result, Nubra Valley became home to many abandoned Bactrian camels. With the passage of time and left uncared for, they dwindled down in numbers till the locals of Hunder made them Ladakh’s popular tourist attraction.
Despite being a cold desert, Nubra valley offers stunning views with rugged mountains, apricot orchards and endless skies. In the middle of the valley lies a small hamlet, Hunder. Known for its stunning silver sand dunes, Hunder is also home to the Bactrian camels. Camel safaris attract tourists from all over the world and a sand dune ride is an unforgettable experience. Nowhere else in the world will you be able to enjoy vistas magnifique of a unique topography sitting atop a two-humped camel.
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Those camels look so big. This must have been a great experience. 🙂
The two-humped Bactrian camels are not a common sight in India. We spot the dromedary camels usually. So it definitely was a lovely experience whilst in picturesque Nubra Valley.
Wonderful pictures. What an amazing experience that must have been!
It definitely was a unique experience.
Incredible shots and thank you for sharing a background on these gorgeous camels and their habitat.
Totally enjoyed your post for #WordlessWednesday Dipali.
Wow! The hairy cool dudes. They are certainly a tourist attraction as not found else where in India. Their hump tells a lot about their health. I am sure the experience was fantastic and unlike any other, like you shared.
Have a happy week ahead Dipali 🙂