We decided to forgo the sunrise visit to Mehtab Bagh, in order to take a relaxing breakfast on our balcony, where we still enjoy a sunrise vista of the Taj Majal.
"Feb 12: Agra - Ranthambore. You have the option of a sunrise visit to Mehtab Bagh, which is a 500 year old Mughal garden located across from the Taj Mahal on the other side of the Yamuna River. If you do that, you will return to your hotel to freshen up after the visit. Check out of your hotel and proceed for the drive to Bharatpur. Stop at Fatehpur Sikri for a tour. This deserted red sandstone city was built by Emperor Akbar, between 1570 and 1585. Visit the towering Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory), which is set in the south wall. In the northern part of the courtyard is the superb white marble tomb of Shaik Salim Chishti, built in 1570. Lunch is included this afternoon at Bharatpur. After lunch — board the Express train for Ranthambore — a two and a half hour journey. Arrive at Ranthambore in the evening and check in at your resort."
Then - on the road again. A couple hours into the drive, we tour Fatehpur Sikri:
Shurveer offers architectural evidence contradicting the usual tour book explanation of the site:
Later we catch the train from Bharatpur to Ranthanbore:
The train is an hour and a half late, but we still get to the Oberoi Vanyavilas in time for dinner, capped off with a drink in our"Luxury Tent" accommodations:
While the luxury is undeniable, I question the accuracy of describing our quarters as a "tent". The only common characteristic with my understanding of the word "tent" is the fabric over our head.
Here there be tigers. We will be up before dawn for our first game drive, and hope to see one during our short stay.