The drive from Jaipur to Agra (notable as the location of the Taj Mahal) is a long one, so our tour planned an overnight stop in Bharatpur to break things up with a visit to the Bharatpur Bird Sancutary.
There was a pretty intense fog in the morning when we went to the sanctuary, but were still able to see a variety of migratory birds, as well as antelopr, wild pigs and peacocks. By now, seeing wild peacocks wasn’t a big deal as they are roaming all over parts of Rajasthan. We rode these super old steel bikes through the park which was a fun way to get around, there was also the option of a bike rikshaw.
In Agra we visited the Fatehpur Sikri (a fort/palace during the time of Shah Jahan) and the “Baby Taj” (looks like a much smaller version of the Taj Mahal, carved from white marble). We saved our visit to the Taj Mahal for the following morning with hope that the fog would clear up (we were not so lucky, heavy fog remained for three days). I’ll include shots of the Taj in our next post.
All the photos of the red sandstone buildings are of the Fatehpur Sikri.