• Russell Roy

Riding Camels in the Thar Desert

Updated: Oct 20, 2019

At one point in our lives it was impossible to predict that we would end up spending so much time in deserts and on camels' backs for that matter too.

As deserts go, the Thar Desert is located in western India near the Pakistan border and probably has more vegetation than other sand dunes we've been fortunate enough to visit. Given the time of year, the heat was not an issue.

It became clear as we approached that camels were a big part of people's lives in this part of the world. After all, there were camels pulling carts and providing milk. Camel milk yogurt and milkshakes were on the menu. One mother even took the time to nurse her baby in the middle of the highway.

Not typical of most of our travel experiences, I was holding the camera when we mounted our camels so Tracy actually had an opportunity to be the subject of most of our photos.

I must admit that camel riding is pretty awesome. It is slow and smooth and nothing like riding a horse. Camels can be very big too, so you get a great view of your surroundings. The other thing that I found interesting is the camel's feet. They are not hoofs. They are soft like a dog or cat's feet. They spread out with each step so they don't really sink into the sand.

As the sun set, we returned back to our camp where we were entertained by some locals in very colourful attire accompanied by live music. It was fitting end to complete the desert experience.

#Desert #Animals #Camels