- Nubra valley Camel safari
Key Attraction of Nubra Valley, Ladakh
When a travel enthusiast plans Leh trip, one cannot afford to miss key attraction of camel ride in the majestic surroundings of Nubra valley. These are double-humped Bactrian camel (Camelus Bactrianus), a species thriving nowadays in Hunder followed by Sumoor, Diskit and Tigger villages.
Nubra Valley-Famous for Camel Rides on white Sand Dunes
Biologically the only distinctive feature which separates Bactrian camel from its counterpart found in hot deserts is number of humps on its back. To suit the operating environment, evolution of single-humped camels happened from double-humped Bactrian camels, the additional hump vanished in the extreme desert conditions out of suitability. Bactrian camels operate in high altitude, cold desert regions and is known for withstanding extreme cold temperatures that can fall to -40 degrees.
In India they are found in Nubra valley of Ladakh region and are the last fragments operated along the Silk route. After the closure of route till 1980s, the population of Double Humped camels had dwindled to approximately less than a dozen. Since they were no longer used as mode of transportation, it was estimated by activists that they will become extinct. But to their surprise, in a report published in Current Science 2012, the National Research Centre on Camel, has reported an increase in the population which has surpassed 200 mark. It is an encouraging pointer towards conservation of rare species of four-footed animals.
The preservation of Bactrian camels is attributed to residents of Hunder village who found that camels can provide a source of livelihood to them. By 2003, with influx of tourists, locals started with desert safaris and their success pattern was followed by other villagers. During peak tourist season which starts somewhere in the month of April and ends in October, a camel owner can earn up to Rs 4,00,000 on an average. The added attraction is white sand dunes for tourists.