A Monkey Tethered to a Bomb Shell in Rural Laos

Throughout Asia during these past few months, we had the opportunity to gleefully observe monkeys outside of customary zoo environments. Some monkeys gracefully walked on power lines as if they were tightrope artists; others stole human goodies from garbage cans at outdoor establishments. The luckiest ones lived in areas that blended a natural with an urban environment (such as Ubud, Bali’s Monkey Forest or Elephanta Island, an hour’s boat ride from Mumbai). Continue reading “A Monkey Tethered to a Bomb Shell in Rural Laos”

A Golden Afternoon on India’s Elephanta Island

 

Wanting to escape the hustle, bustle and sardine-packed nature of manic Mumbai, we boarded a boat at the city’s Gateway of India monument bound for lush Elephanta Island. The island’s former name Gharapuri (meaning ‘place of caves’) is fitting given Elephanta boasts numerous caves with elaborate Hindu and Buddhist carvings – considered to be some of the finest in India. They’re thought to have been created and carved between AD 450 and 750. Continue reading “A Golden Afternoon on India’s Elephanta Island”

Monkey Business at Elephanta Island

Perhaps I should seek employment as a surveillance photographer for I found it so amusing to catch mischievous primates on film in Bali, Cambodia and India! :)

This cheeky monkey was spotted on Elephanta Island. To get there, we had to take a 50-minute boat ride from India Gate in Mumbai / Bombay.

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First, the little macaque checked the scene to ensure she wasn’t being watched.

Into the blue bucket she dove.

With her prize in sight, she completes one final check…

…before spiriting away a bag of savory snacks.

It’d be hard to identify her in a line-up with only the derrière shot!

But I caught her later, enjoying the evidence. :)

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Planning Pointers:

  • To reach Elephanta Island, catch a ferry by the Gateway of India. The ferry ride takes about 30 minutes each way.
  •  Need more inspiration as you plan your travels in India? This link contains an index of all my posts from India.

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