Buying a Mule in India!
Replies: 26 - Last Post: May 15, 2013 6:00 PM Last Post By: edwardseco
May 9, 2013 10:42 PM
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May 10, 2013 1:13 PM
18Well, JEFFAR, if you do it I hope that you write about your experiences and post a link to it. I admit that I am skeptical but I do wish you well.
If you are in the far south, Hindi probably won't help you all that much anyway.
In for a penny, in for a pound, as the saying goes. Why have just one pack mule? Why not ride mules as well?
May 10, 2013 5:42 PM
May 10, 2013 6:55 PM
May 10, 2013 10:40 PM
May 13, 2013 6:03 PM
22I just came back from Turkey and learned on the old silk road there are caranvanserai about every 15 kilometers which is the distance a camel travel in a day. I don't think a donkey can do better than that. So it is safe to say you won't do more than 1,000 km in three months. You probably also need a truck to come along to supply fodder.
May 14, 2013 10:32 PM
23Well, a camel can certainly knock out far more than 15 kilometers in one day. Fifty or sixty is probably more like it. Remember, though, that the caravanseries were frequently placed a human's days walk apart; presumably many people walked alongside their animals. A donkey can travel comparable distances but cannot carry as much as a camel. Donkeys aren't so foul tempered, though, and personality counts for a lot if you are going to spend that much time together.
Um, OP, just how much experience do you already have with pack animals?
May 15, 2013 2:11 PM
24A camel may do 50 km a day. It gets exhausted quickly. A caravan certainly can't do that pace over long distance, say a few thousand kilometers. And it is not because of people walking alongside the caravan. A caravan with camels hauling stuff over long distance has its natural pace and it is far below 50 or 60 km a day. The frequency of caravanserai on the silk road is not without its reasons.
I have not seen a mule in India BTW. Camels and elephants, yes.
May 15, 2013 5:51 PM
25“I have not seen a mule in India”
Harder to spot than an elephant, but one of the highlights of India are in the northern hills.
During the Yatra season all the mules leave their villages and take pilgrimage.
Then one of the best places for mule culture is on the way to Kedarnath.
Imagine five hundred mules in one place!
May 15, 2013 6:00 PM
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