Saturday, 25 September 2010

From Agra and on into Rajasthan!

So after seeing the Taj Mahal in Agra we've moved on to a hotel just outside Bharatpur, in Rajasthan. We are staying near the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a bird sanctuary, which we plan to visit in the next few days.

In Ania's post below you can see our recently uploaded photos of the Taj Mahal. She's just reminded me to mention that while in Agra we also caught a parade going through the town, featuring blaring music, camels and people in colourful costume! At the same time we watched a huge monkey with a delightfully colourful bottom prowling along the rooftops! Nice.

After leaving Agra mid-morning yesterday we spent a few hours in Fatehpur Sikri, a small town down the road which is home to a huge mosque and a collection of Mughal palaces (photos below). Then we hopped onto our second bus of the day (my first bus trips in India actually: interesting! And not as bad as I thought they would be!) to come to Keoladeo.

We're staying in a hotel which is really good, especially by the budget standards we've been living by. The Falcon Inn is run by a woman called Mrs Singh who is very nice, so we're taking the opportunity to have some down time, use the internet at a cafe down the road and do some much-needed washing!

And now for some photos!

Fatehpur Sikri. Ania admiring the view of the gardens and the Panch Mahal. Bootiful. The building's not bad either...

The ornamental pool at Fatehpur Sikri. Actually took this photo just to test the light but it is actually really nice!

We've also found ourselves gathering small groups of fans: usually Indian children who are very sweet and keen to test out their English (which is superb) and see some Westerners! Below are two photos, the first is from Agra and the second is a family we met in Fatehpur Sikri:

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