Nubra Valley : Bactrian Camel Ride in Hunder
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.
Savi and I were on the last ride for the day. They retained two camels and sent the rest of the herd packing into the wild.
Driving them back into the wild for the night
The Bactrian camels are large even-toed ungulates native to the steppes of central Asia.
Rest of the herd retiring for the night
Riding along the Silk Route
All through the ride, the camels we were on kept turning back to check on their herd. Towards the end we felt bad for having retained them. But our guide assured that they’ll be able to catch up with their mates after we are done with the ride.
Savi’s heart skipping a beat
Getting off the camel
All smiles after the ride
Our camels searching for their herd