There is a respect for animals here, which goes beyond what we saw in Thailand.
There is no central heating, yet it can get quite cold in Northern India. In one place we stayed, we were very cold at night. We needed warm clothes. In the dining areas, which are open air, small wood burning mobile firepits are used - and they are quite effective, and socially appealing. Throughout the land, after sundown, people are seen huddled around the fire at all sorts of places, on the street and next to houses.
Many, many people do not have running water - but there are wells with pumps located along the roadside. During the day, the women can be seen taking their laundry to and from the pumps, people bath in the water at the pump, and the women can be seen transporting water back to their villages.
All means of transportation are used for people and for goods - Camels, donkeys, horses, elephants, bicycles, motorcycles, tractors, pull carts and wagons with two cycle engines are all accepted forms of transport - and they go wherever they choose. The Camels do not cost much to buy or to maintain, and they are very commonly used - I had never recognized what elegant animals they are, and I now understand why their owners love them as they do.