Friday 22 May 2015

Another day, another tomb

This time it was Akbar's Tomb, another masterstoke of  Murghal architecture, which was built in 1605 and set in 48ha of lush green grounds, something of a miracle (and good irrigation) given the temperatures are touching 44 degrees.

We then spent about five hours driving on roads where every car, bike, truck, buffalo and camel was determined to play chicken with us. But we made it and are now ensconced in the cutest accommodation we've had so far, Khem Villas, on the edge of Ranthambore National Park, one of India's largest national parks. The reason for our epic drive? The tigers, leopards and assorted other wildlife which call this 392sqkm of land home. Tomorrow, at 6.00am, we set off for one of three tiger safaris - crossing everything on my person that we see one!

Today's visuals are of Akbar's Tomb in Agra.

This stray dog had the right idea, sleeping in the cool water channel. Speaking of dogs, our lovely driver Rakesh told us that the reason the street dogs don't look terribly skinny is that the locals feed them. It goes, he says, to the heart of the Hindu belief that animals shouldn't be harmed. Shame they can't help sort the dogs' other health and/or breeding issues but in the last few days I've seen several dogs being fed at the side of the road, so for that I am eternally grateful.    

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