Saturday, March 23, 2013


As much as I loved my trip to Agra for the city's remarkable architecture, my camera was even more thrilled by the assortment of animal species you run into in and around the place. As it happens, the primary inhabitants of the majestic Mughal monuments today are simians and avians. On top of that, the city streets offer ample alternative modes of transport, including camel rides and horse carts. The rustic outskirts were even more spectacular with an occasional wild peacock or peahen strutting around in the plantations. So here's a brief post dedicated to the critters of Agra, those that my camera could capture as well as those that it couldn't.

A parrot couple perches on a red sandstone wall near Jodha Bai's palace in Fatehpur Sikri

The Diwan-i-Khas of Agra Fort, where emperor Shah Jahan met with his ministers and dignitaries, overlooks the Yamuna. When the British attacked the fort and fired a cannon ball, it opened up a gaping hole on one of its marble walls. That cranny today is this parrot's home!
It's dusk and the flock heads home from this outbuilding of the Taj Mahal.
Four parrots on a wall

A white storks struts about in the Fatehpur Sikri gardens.
A pigeon atop one of the turrets in Itimad-ud-Daulah
This parrot was playfully swinging from a tree branch in Fatehpur Sikri. How I wish this were I had a video clip for this!
A honeycomb and its resident honeybees hang from the ceiling of Buland Darwaza
Monkey mom and child (not in view) walk the lofty walls of the Agra Fort. 
Photo from the car: A deserted city building is home of multiple simian families
A squirrel climbs up the red sandstone steps of this Itimat-ud-Daulah building.
This charmer just wouldn't stop posing for me!

Care for a camel ride?

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