Solomons in the Land of Kings

This last month was quite a blur, and I am just now catching back up with my correspondences and blog. After returning from Kerala, my parents visited for the first half of the month. The following week I attended the Jaipur Literature Festival. This week I have finally returned to my research.

If the last month was one long race, then surely my parents’ visit was the stretch paced most quickly. Booking a tour through western UP and Rajasthan through the company Wildnest (who did a great job taking care of us), we visited Chambal, Bateshwar, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, Ranthambore National Park, Bhainsrorgarh, Varawal, Udaipur, all before taking a train ride back to Delhi. It was a trip jam-packed with history, cultural exposure, and, as my dad says, “charismatic megafauna.” We saw gharials, crocodiles, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, sambhars, nilgai, civets, mongooses, river dolphins, and more than one hundred species of birds that we had never seen before. Topping it off was our attendance at the wedding of Bharat, one of the owners of Wildnest, in Ghaziabad at the very end.

Most pictures below are mine. Some are my mom’s. The photos of Varawal campsite and of the leopards were taken by Pushpendra Singh.


Drive through Agra, Bateshwar Temples, Chambal, (January 1-2)

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Itimad-ud-Dawlah across the Yamuna River in Agra

Taj Mahal from a distance

The Taj Mahal from a distance

Flying foxes

Flying foxes in the trees above Chambal

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Birdwatching with Gaj

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Bateshwar Temples along the Yamuna River

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Turtles on a dead cow

Turtles sit atop a floating dead cow in the Yamuna

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With Lord Krishna and Radha

Chambal River

The Chambal River

Sunbathing gharial

A sunbathing gharial

Gharials and crocodiles 1

Crocodiles 2

Chambal River 2


Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri (January 3)

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The Taj Mahal

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Outside the Taj Gate

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Zahid

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Fort Agra

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View of the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort

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Fatehpur Sikri

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Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur (January 4)

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Storks in the distance

Deoladeo guide

With Sunil

Rakesh

Rakesh


Ranthambore National Park (January 5-6)

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Hanuman langurs

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Nilgai

Female nilgai

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Male sambhar

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Fort Ranthambore

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Male peacock

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Banyan tree

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Rufous treepie

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Female sambhars

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Female Bengal tiger

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A male sambhar cools himself in mud

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Badoli Temples and Fort Bhainrorgarh (January 7)

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Badoli Temples

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Shiva lingams

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Keshav

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Fort Bhainsrorgarh

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Bhainsrorgarh river view


Varawal (January 8-9; leopard and campsite photos by Pushpendra Singh)

Copy of Varawal camp Night view

Campsite

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A goshala (cow shelter)

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Female Indian leopard with her two cubs

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Sunset over Varawal

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Sunrise over Jawai Dam

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Pushpendra with his father

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Vikram


Udaipur (January 10-11)

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City Palace

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Lake Palace

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Jagdesh Temple 3

Jagdesh Temple

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Jagdesh Temple 1

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Overlooking the Old City and Lake Pichola


Delhi (January 12-17)

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

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With Shreyas and his father, Ramesh

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Arriving at Bharat’s wedding in Ghaziabad

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One thought on “Solomons in the Land of Kings

  1. Hi Sam — Love your post and photos, especially the tiger strolling in front of the jeeps…! (Also, best photo ever of your folks.)
    Love from Susan and Stephen in Appleton, WI.

    Liked by 1 person

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