Camels, Ships of the Desert

100_2914I have always been fascinated with these magic beasts. There is a current  commercial on US  TV which always makes me laugh and  I am going to share with you.  ( Wednesday is called hump day in vernacular US speech today. It means that you have reached the hump or height of the week… and it is all downhill to the next weekend after that! ) This is for my friends outside the United States.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWBhP0EQ1lA

I remember the day at CEPT University when we first saw a camel pulling a cart, just as they have done for thousands of years. Notice the bells on her ankles and the beads on her neck!   There was a street not far from CEPT where there were camels tied up to be rented for work.  Seeing the ancient animals of burden , camels and elephants, in the road with bikes, motor scooters, rickshaws, buses, and cars…never ceased to amaze me!

I decided to say little on this post but let the pictures take you to far away India for a peep at an ancient camel fair in Rajastan which happens every November when the moon is full.  There are 300,000 visitors and 20,000 camels with handlers and other animals. Sounds wonderful to me. We did not see this and the photography is from the guardian.com .  The photography is by David Levene of the Guardian.

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Jagdish Rabari and his extended family eat breakfast alongside some of the 70 camels they have brought to the Pushkar camel fair in Rajasthan, India

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Buyers always check the camel’s teeth, a sign of good pedigree and good health.

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You can take a camel to water but you can’t make him drink.. . . . .

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Time to get organized!

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Time for a quick smoke. Individual-markings-on-th-019

Each camel has the mark of the owner on its face a little like the branding of cattle in the Old West of the United. State. This-young-camel-has-been-017

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Aren’t we beautiful?

The following shots are by Kevin Frayer, Roberto Schmidt and Lam Yik Fei for the Guardian.

Women’s work is to collect the dung for drying and use as fuel.

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These beauties are still  there at the end of the day!

A herd of camels kick up sand as they rush down a dusty embankment

Some exercise after all that standing still. . . . . Camels and hot air balloons are silhouetted against the darkening sky

That looks like fun!

Another day and another market.

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A man’s best friend?  Watch out , they spit, you know!

Tourist alert: There are all sorts of camel safaris listed on the net for Rajasthan up to 7 days and 6 nights in the desert. Sure sounds fine to me!

Namaste….Anne . . . . . .This Is Incredible India!

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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7 Responses to Camels, Ships of the Desert

  1. Harsha says:

    Camel safaris are really amazing,even being in India I haven’t tried it but hopefully I get a chance sooner..
    Nice Post Anne… 🙂

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  2. Trapper Gale says:

    It’s always fun to visually enter an entirely different world than the one I live in!

    Like

  3. bnbhanoi says:

    wonderful article and great photos, thanks.

    Like

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