"The Little Taj and Birds and Animals of Agra" Agra Things to Do Tip by Beefy_SAFC

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  The Little Taj
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  • The Little Taj - Agra
      The Little Taj
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  • A Green Parakeet (also seen now in London) - Agra
      A Green Parakeet (also seen now in London)
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  • Macaque monkey - Agra
      Macaque monkey
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  • Black Kites, er, um, mating??? - Agra
      Black Kites, er, um, mating???
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You don't escape wildlife even in the towns in India, as proven by the Indian Green Parakeet (below), which at the Taj Mahal just watched those contemptible dumb humans admiring this apparently pointless bit of white marble - a good roost and nothing else (at least the way he was looking at me, you could imagine he was thinking that). I'm sure this macaque thought the same of these human tourists and the black kites below in the bottom picture, well, I don't think they're interested in the Little Taj in their territorial dispute.

The Little Taj (Baby Taj), situated on the east bank of the Yamuna river, is actually called the Itmad-ud-daulah and is the tomb of Mirza Ghiyath Beg, senior member of Akbar's court and chief minister (wazir) to Jahangir (also his father-in-law). This building was the first in Mogul India to use white marble, even before the Taj Mahal.

The tale of not feeding the animals holds very true here; macaques especially can become pests; however, the way they've learnt to live alongside and even exploit man (and the monkeys were specialists (look, left, look right, look up with these creatures) shows that there's not much separating us from them.

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  • Written Oct 28, 2007
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