LANGURS

 

Hanuman Langur, Grey Langur (English) , Langur ( Hindi), Semnopithicus dussumieri ( Scientific name) are a delight for any photographer and can be seen across the Indian Subcontinent.

There are hundreds and thousands of Indian folktales  which reveal the intellect and prowess of these extremely enchanting Monkeys.

Hanuman the Monkey God is revered through out the Indian Subcontinent and there are millions of mythological stories which speak of his ingenuity and ability to overcome obstacles.

The humane body language and antics of Langurs are extremely fascinating.

I had a fabulous day taking pictures of a group of Grey Langurs at the Mandor  Gardens near Jodhpur , Rajasthan, India( do check  two blogs MANIFICENT MANDOR and THE MANDOR LOTUSES at http://www.travelwithmukul.wordpress.com )

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Gandhiji’s Three Musketeers

Apparently there are seven species of Langurs in the Genus Semnopithicus and all inhabit the Indian Subcontinent.

I have seen the Himalayan  Langur, which is much larger  with a thicker fur.

This Langur wished to cross to the other side of a water channel that divides the Mandore Gardens into two parts  and was photographed assessing the terrain on two legs. See the way it grasps the metallic fence and stands in a Orwellian fashion on “two legs”.

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Casting a perfect Shadow

For some reason, maybe because of their larger size,  The Grey Langurs scare  the Rhesus Macaque ( Red faced Monkeys). They are thus increasingly used in Indian Cities like New Delhi to drive away groups of  the Rhesus Macaque Monkeys.

WordPress has played tricks with this photograph as it shows the Langur jumping up whereas in fact it was jumping off a tree and was caught in flight by my camera.

The way the tail is absolutely straight is worth noting.

In flight
In flight

Showing scant respect to the cameraman  this Langur saunters off showing me its rear. The lovely silvery fur glistens in the sunlight.

The manner in which the tail is held clearly indicates the species and differentiates it from those that inhabit Southern India and Sri Lanka.

The photograph is interesting as it looks as though the Black faced Monkey is balancing on ONE LEG alone. An artist in the backgroundis busy sketching the ancient Cenotaphs at the Mandore Gardens.

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Time to say Good Bye

In a previous blog a fellow Blogger has requested me not to mention facts but pen a story as well. The fact is however the stories lie in the facts themselves.

The tales are in the Tail my friends.

I am simply peeling the Orange, it is for you to savour the fruits.However in due reverence to my readers am not revealing many facts in this blog.

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A COINCIDENCE ?

Please check out the blog preceding this on the  Flehman response.You will realize I was getting late and was in a hurry.

I was rushing for lunch to my ” Wildlife Comrade”  and  buddy Hema’s house. Had just stepped out when I saw a brief command  on my mobile, : “Bring your Camera”.

I ran back , grabbed the camera and literally threw  it inside the car.

The pictures that follow are entirely due to  this “last minute” command. Was it a mere coincidence? 

Picture that follows is straight off the camera and was taken near the flyover at the Hauz Khas Metro, New Delhi 

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                                  Through the windshield of the car

As I was driving, the pictures were taken by  dear friend  Dr Richard Frazier . Was it a mere coincidence, that my dear friends Richard and  Catherine were travelling with me and that I had my camera.

Picture taken through the windshield
Rhesus Monkeys as  pillion riders

This is an extremely unusual sight even in Incredible India. A coincidence?

Do observe the monkey is holding onto the driver of the motorcycle.

Pressed the accelerator for a closer look
                                  Pressed the accelerator for a closer look

WE were really fortunate that New Delhi is unusually warm at 39 C. The hot weather compelled the monkeys to stop for a glass of water. Another element in the sequence of  coincidences?

The script in blue in the background of the featured image reads“Cold Water”, Rupees 2 per Glass.

A glass of Cold Water
                                                     A glass of Cold Water

 These  Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta),or in  common parlance monkeys were “coincidentally” the pillion riders on this motorcycle spotted on the busy RING ROAD  in the metropolis of New Delhi.