This camel safari started just after we visited the temple of rats earlier the same morning. We picked up our translator and went to the place where a cart and three camels were waiting for us: Krishna, 4 years old, for Skif, Kalu (or Raju), 3 years old, for me and Maduri, the luggage carrier.
Every camel was accompanied by a camel man, who actually owns it and keeps it in his household. That day, only Kalu was led by the camel man, the other two camels were taken care of by boys, the sons of the camel men who were for some reason unable to join this safari.
A camel costs about 50 thousand rupees. It drinks 40 liters of water per day, but can live without water for 10-15 days. A male camel can carry 1500-2000 kg, while a female - 500-600 kg. A male camel becomes mature at the age of 4.5 years, a female - at 3.5. Skif's camel was still a little bit bully and moody almost all of the time =) Mine behaved decently and looked a bit smarter, may be because the true camel man was keeping an eye on her.
There are several camel breeds here, Bikaner blackish or brownish camels, Jaisalmer light sandy camels, who are taller and take part in camel races, Katchi (or Gujerat) average size camels and Mewari ones, with curly hair, they produce milk (6 liters of milk per day), which is salty, not fat and full of vitamin C.
Thar desert in Bikaner doesn't looks like a usual desert with only sand dunes around, it's sparsely covered with shrubs, bushes and small trees. Our first stop for lunch was right under some tree shade:
Camels love to roll in the sand ones their saddle is off.
To be continued..