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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 33153 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-04-25 04:31:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-04-25 04:31:57 [post_content] => CAMELS grace the deserts, grasslands and mountains of Asia-Pacific from places as diverse as India, China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Australia. They are much loved and even celebrated around the region for their contributions as working animals and for providing milk and meat and hair. At fairs, races and tourism ventures they are raced, traded, paraded, admired and photographed. These events are worth attending to get to grips with the local camel culture, to enjoy rich local traditions or even buy yourself a camel if your bargaining skills are up to it.
Sunset camel rides, Broome Sunset camel rides on Broome's beautiful Cable Beach in Western Australia have become almost as high on a tourists' itinerary as a visit to Sydney Harbour or Uluru. Iconic photos of silhouetted camels grace tourism brochures across the country and are a must-do for those that venture this far west. The camel rides operate daily.
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Pushkar Fair, Pushkar This annual five-day camel and livestock affair in Rajasthan, India is one of the world's largest. You can buy or sell your camel, race them, or even dress them up. The mela is usually held sometime in November and attracts up to 100,000 people and just as many camels. Nomadic peoples from across Rajasthan gather at this fair. Tourists can opt to stay in Pushkar or reserve a tent in the desert.
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Camel races, Alice Springs Most camels in Australia are feral dromedary populations that were introduced in 1840. However, a number are utilised for meat, tourism and racing, the latter being a much-loved feature outback event in the town of Alice Springs. The Camel Cup is held every July to raise money for the Lions Club and features numerous camel races that are often highly entertaining. This is because the temperamental beasts can be difficult to handle at times and have been known not to start when the gun is fired, to stop halfway, turn around, or simply charge around the course. It makes for some interesting races.
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Camel safari, Rajasthan
Camel safaris in India's desert state of Rajasthan have become a major tourism attraction. While these are available from many centres in the state, such as Bikaner, most opt for the desert surrounding Jaisalmer where there are some dunes for classic desert shots. The other place in India where camel safaris are popular is in the Nubra Valley in Ladakh. In this district the camels are bactrians with two humps. Most hotels and tour organisers in Rajasthan will offer you a safari package. You can choose the number of nights you wish to stay, the kind of food and other comforts, then negotiate a price. [caption id="attachment_33156" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="Camel safari at sunset in Rajasthan's Thar desert. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]
Livestock market, Kashgar
Kashgar's livestock markets were once the largest fairs on the silk road. Today the Sunday market in the far western Chinese state of Xinjiang still attracts a crowd, including those that are interested in the buying and selling of camels. Even if you're not one of these it's very entertaining watching the antics involved in making a sale - prying back the lips of the animal, spirited haggling or even test runs. [caption id="attachment_33157" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="A bactrian camel in Sichuan, China. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]
Mangrota camel fair, Pakistan
Another country with a very rich camel culture is Pakistan. And if you happen to be in country the place to head to trade camels is Balochistan where an annual mela is held featuring animals from the Suleiman mountains. It's a big event with donkeys and horses as well. Expect to see 8,000-10,000 camels and plenty of active bargaining, camel dancing, racing and fighting plus local music and trade. [caption id="attachment_33160" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="Pic: camel4all.wordpress.com "][/caption] [post_title] => 6 places to enjoy the Asia-Pacific love affair with camels [post_excerpt] => CAMELS grace the deserts, grasslands and mountains of Asia-Pacific from places as diverse as India, China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Australia. They are much loved and even celebrated around the region for their contributions as working animals and for providing milk and meat and hair. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 6-places-to-enjoy-the-asian-love-affair-with-camels [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-06-26 09:02:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-06-26 09:02:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33153 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )

6 places to enjoy the Asia-Pacific love affair with camels

6 places to enjoy the Asia-Pacific love affair with camels
April 25, 2014 - 1 Comments - Jo Lane

CAMELS grace the deserts, grasslands and mountains of Asia-Pacific from places as diverse as India, China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Australia. They are much loved and even celebrated around the region for their contributions as working animals and for providing milk and meat and hair.

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December 6, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

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November 28, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

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Asia on the page: 6 literary excerpts about Asian locations

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August 30, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE beauties of Asia are often espoused through photographs and paintings, but the literary world has done much to put it on the traveller’s map too . These six literary excerpts describe in vivid detail the scenes, culture and experience of living, visiting and traveling in Asia. While chosen for their apt descriptions, they should…>

In pictures: 10 most beautiful landscapes in Asia

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THE Asia-Pacific region is filled with scenic landscapes, soaring mountains, meandering rivers and rich historical sites. To choose just 10 beautiful places is but the tip of the iceberg, however these enormous bays, snowy peaks, reflective lakes and verdant fields are all worthy of mention. Halong Bay, Vietnam Find accommodation in Halong to suit your…>

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