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.
We spotted our first monkeys when we drove into Delhi. Arvind laughed at our excited reaction and assured us we would have a chance to see more monkeys later. On our drive back to Delhi he had the driver stop at an area where monkeys were being relocated from the city.
He told us that the vendor offering bananas and other foods for the animals gave a whole new meaning to the term “monkey business.”
Lisa purchased some feed to entice some of the monkeys closer, but they remained pretty elusive.
There we also saw a nilgai, a native antelope of India.
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.
Her camera also captured these parrots at the Taj Mahal.
The bus also reacted with enthusiasm when we noticed our first camel. The area west of Jaipur is desert so there were more in that region that further east, but we noticed them working everywhere.
And the elephants!!! We 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. Government regulations limit the elephants to four trips up the hill per day. The handlers then ride them into town to find other locations where tourists might want a short ride or photo opportunity. We saw most elephants just as a part of everyday working life along the roadways.