Friday 28 April 2006

India: the Golden Triangle - Bharatpur

Today we visited the Keoladeo National Park, one of the world’s most important bird sanctuaries with over 364 different species. Our government-sponsored rickshaw driver chatted incessantly, spotting creatures with Superman eyes.

The number of different birds was astounding, including big birds, medium size birds and small birds (don’t expect me to remember names). The highlight was two fluffy baby owls peering sleepily from the hole in their tree. Our rickshaw driver was showing signs of wilting in the afternoon heat, but had the strength to discuss his family, his salary and the generous tips given by certain tourists. Charmed by his unashamed belching as we approached the gate, we tipped generously for a job well done.

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