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Animals Everywhere!!


As highly populated as India is with dense urban areas, it is primarily a rural country. While driving between cities, several types of birds were noticed.  These egrets found a safe haven near a farm area. egrets Nancy

We spotted our first monkeys when we drove into Delhi.moneky Nancy Arvind laughed at our excited reaction and assured us we would have a chance to see more monkeys later.  monkeyOn our drive back to Delhi he had the driver stop at an area where monkeys were being relocated from the city.

DSCF6479He told us that the vendor offering bananas and other foods for the animals gave a whole new meaning to the term “monkey business.”   DSCF6520

Lisa purchased some feed to entice some of the monkeys closer, but they remained pretty elusive.DSCF6514

There we also saw a nilgai, a native antelope of India.DSCF6505

I heard peacocks in several areas but it was Nancy Leung, with her superior camera, who caught sight of this one near the Birla Temple in Jaipur.peacock Nancy

Her camera also captured these parrots at the Taj Mahal.parrots Nancy

The bus also reacted with enthusiasm when we noticed our first camel.  camels-NancyThe area west of Jaipur is desert so there were more in that region that further east, but we noticed them working everywhere.DSCF6473

And the elephants!!! elephants-NancyWe got to ride some up the hill at the Amber Fort (more on that later) in Jaipur, but that is a nice touch at a tourist area. elephants-NancybGovernment regulations limit the elephants to four trips up the hill per day.elephants-Nancyc The handlers then ride them into town to find other locations where tourists might want a short ride or photo opportunity. DSCF6424We saw most elephants just as a part of everyday working life along the roadways.wind palacecb


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12 thoughts on “Animals Everywhere!!

  1. NICE post 🙂

    If you ever feel like, do visit – http://akritimattu.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/the-wild-surprises-us/
    You’ll love what you see in there 🙂

    • Every place has native animals that are normal and everyday to the residents and a wonder to the visitors. Years ago a friend from Australia visited me and we sat for an hour in Washington, DC so she could watch the chipmunks.

  2. I find it really hard to imagine living in such a very different environment and culture. Having been there, do you think you could easily fit in or would it be a bit of a struggle?

    • India definitely is the most different place I have ever visited. I think an effort to live there would require a lot of effort to learn the food, the language, the customs. Sure would be interesting tho!

      • Totally interesting and something that might have tempted me in earlier days. I think my growing aversion to crowds would preclude it at this stage of my life. :/

        • I expected to be in crowds a lot more than we were, more like walking in New York City, but it was rarely that dense. The ONLY place were there was no “personal space” was at the Hindu temple when that curtain opened and people pushed forward in excitement. You probably would not have liked that.

  3. Good article on the animals. I had not realized that camels were so prevalent in India. Cow dung is used for fuel. What do they do with all the other animal dung? Seems to me there would be lots of unpleasant smells!

    • Yes….odors of feces in some areas, but truthfully, as there were open sewers in the poorer sections of Agra as well, not easy to determine the true source. Many people on the bus did not know that cow dung is used for fuel and did not know buffalo chips made the westward ho pioneer fires feasible on the treeless prairie.

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