The 'Ship of desert' camel is certainly not confined to the desert of the plains and Rajasthan but is also one of the chief modes of transportation in the cold deserts of Ladakh since the ancient times. Mostly available from July to September, camel safaris are one of the most memorable experiences as one gets used to the rolling and wobbly movements of the camel while exploring rugged mountain terrains and enjoy the ride through some of the most ancient passes and have first hand experience of the lifestyle of the remote villages of Nubra Valley. The sudden change of fertile and lush green apricot orchards to the frozen desert and snow-capped peaks takes one almost by surprise. The other thing about camel safari in Nubra that fascinates one is the shaggy double-humped Bactrian camel. In the earlier times, Central Asian traders used these camels as pack animals but since 50 years they have been bred for transport purposes as well. Today, these camels have emerged as the hot favorites of the tourists as the choice of their mode of transportation during camel safaris. Deskit and Hunder are the popular centers for this activity. Camel Safari provides one opportunity to watch and relish the scenic beauty of the Ladakhi valleys, villages, especially the Panamic village, and the colorful Buddhist monasteries or Gompas and have a dip in the famous hot springs of the region, which are said to possess therapeutic qualities.
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