DAILY PHOTO: Two Camels in the Himalayas [Yoga Folks Will Get This]

Taken in the summer of 2015 in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh

Taken in the summer of 2015 in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh

 

Taken in the Summer of 2016 in Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Taken in the Summer of 2016 in Nubra Valley, Ladakh

DAILY PHOTO: Bactrian Camels in Shyok Valley

Taken in the Nubra Valley (Shyok Valley) in August of 2016

Taken in the Nubra Valley (Shyok Valley) in August of 2016

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It’s the question everybody is always asking, “Do you prefer your camels with one hump, or two?”

Until our visit to Ladakh, our only experience was with single-humped camels, in places like Rajasthan and the UAE.

I have to say that I, personally, found the handling characteristics and ride of the two-humped (i.e. bactrian) camel to be marginally superior.

Of course, the bactrian is like a Porsche. It’s not at all practical as a family sedan. The two humps don’t allow room for passengers or cargo.

My main complaint,  however, is that (as you may note from the last picture) I got a camel with a flaccid hump. It was just flopped to the side. How do you think that made me feel?

 

DAILY PHOTO: Regal Camel

Taken in Pushkar on November 28, 2015

Taken in Pushkar on November 28, 2015

 

We just missed Pushkar’s Camel Fair this year, but the evidence of it–from Ferris Wheels to vendors of swords and halters–abounded.