Outside of the Taj Mahal, a long entry path leads through a park that is crawling with monkeys. It has become a tourist draw to bring or buy food and then feed the monkeys. The only problem is, these monkeys are not only smart, they are quite aggressive. I was told of stories of women reaching into their purses to pull out a banana and when the monkey saw other bananas in the purse, he snatched it and climbed into the tree with it. I made sure to only take food out of my bag when the monkeys weren’t looking but one skeptical monkey (below) charged me and snarled and showed his teeth. I jumped back and the resulting photo, while blurred, captured the “aggressive” look on his face.
One couple came by on a moped and threw bread as they drove causing a near stampede of monkeys (photo & video below).
Further along the path vendors sold all sorts of snacks and nuts. I thought that this man and his tray of snacks made a very nice photo. I tried some of the dried peas he had and they were pretty good.
As I approached the entry gate to the Taj Mahal I worked my way into the crowd. I was finally getting used to the confinement of the crowd and the pushing and shoving; personal space is not appreciated in India.
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