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Christopher Wheeler | profile | all galleries >> Rahil Aggarwal-Wheeler >> 2009 >> January 2009 >> Bharatpur and Fatehpur Sikri tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Bharatpur and Fatehpur Sikri

Rahil visited the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, a 29-square kilometer park serving as permanent or temporary home to 400 species of birds (not to mention numerous mammals and reptiles). Highlights included seeing all five species of herons, coming foot to face with a two-foot monitor lizard, seeing a variety of owls, and visiting a painted stork aviary. We stayed at a lovely hotel adjacent to the sanctuary called The Bagh ('The Garden'), where Rahil encountered, for the first time in his life, a live turkey. Not just one, but a whole flock. His alarm at hearing them gobble loudly is posted on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Yx3WAon8tM

On Sunday we drove to nearby Fatehpur Sikri, a 16th century Moghul capital. (Mom, Jodhaa Akhbar was shot there.) Highlights there included discovering that Akhbar built a huge parcheesi board in one of the courtyards and used real people as pawns. Rahil went temporarily crazy chasing several chipmunks around a cemetery (YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vswvbzBOaiA). On the way home we stopped to eat at a place which happened to be offering camel rides, so Rahil got his first camel ride, too.
Rahil's first encounter with turkeys
Rahil's first encounter with turkeys
Rahil at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary
Rahil at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary
Bird watching -- in reverse
Bird watching -- in reverse
Rahil in bicyclerickshaw at Keoladeo
Rahil in bicyclerickshaw at Keoladeo
Painted storks
Painted storks
Sigh Seeing Rickshaw
Sigh Seeing Rickshaw
Rahil in Keoladeo bicycle rickshaw
Rahil in Keoladeo bicycle rickshaw
Three lizards inside Keoladeo
Three lizards inside Keoladeo
Wandering in the hotel grounds looking for more turkeys
Wandering in the hotel grounds looking for more turkeys
With Anna
With Anna
A big round thing on the road to Fatehpur Sikri
A big round thing on the road to Fatehpur Sikri
Dad and Rahil inside Fatehpur
Dad and Rahil inside Fatehpur
Jodha Bai's quarters at Fetehpur Sikri
Jodha Bai's quarters at Fetehpur Sikri
Roadside vegetable seller
Roadside vegetable seller
Rahil's first camel ride about to begin
Rahil's first camel ride about to begin
Rahil and pal
Rahil and pal
Rahil at the Panch Mahal
Rahil at the Panch Mahal
Dubious Rahil and inlay work at Fatehpur Sikri
Dubious Rahil and inlay work at Fatehpur Sikri
Rahil in Fatehpur graveyard
Rahil in Fatehpur graveyard
Panoramic view of Rahil in Fatehpur
Panoramic view of Rahil in Fatehpur
Rahil in front of the tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti
Rahil in front of the tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti
Racing
Racing
With camel after ride
With camel after ride
In yet another Fatehpur Sikri courtyard
In yet another Fatehpur Sikri courtyard
Fatehpur Sikri gate
Fatehpur Sikri gate
Discovering -- and chasing -- his shadow
Discovering -- and chasing -- his shadow