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The Roads of India.
The Working Camels of India
On the Road Between Bikaner and Jaipur

Along the 330km/205mile drive between these two remote cities there are a few scattered villages, and in-between these villages there are a few grass huts dotting the country side. Here you will find many hard-working bull camels pulling carts along the paved roads. The carts are loaded with huge sacks of various types of grass for animal feed, along with kindling for fires, large logs for building with, wood poles used in construction, heavy machinery, and assorted household goods.
Whole families sometime ride along on the carts with goats, camels or other animals in tow. Female camels are seldom used for pulling these carts, for this could cause too many problems among the bull camels.
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Camel men in India may not have much but they are one of
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Different ways camels are used

In some of the more remote villages, camels are still used by the post office for delivering mail. Camels pulling carts are even used in banking and they are still being used to draw water from deep wells. A camel can pull a two-ton load, whereas an ox can pull only a one ton load and unlike horses the camel can live in very harsh conditions. A program based on donations was recently implemented to equip all camel carts with reflectors to help cut down on nighttime accidents in the cities.

 
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Terrible camel vs. vehicle accidents happen all too often on these narrow roads. This one happened when a truck being overloaded with a very wide load and sideswiped the two camel carts. One camel was killed, but the condition of the camel men who ride high upon the top of the camel cart's load was unknown.
A program based on donations was recently implemented to equip all camel carts with reflectors to help cut down on nighttime accidents in the cities.