Monkey Temple, Jaipur
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Monkey Temple, Jaipur - Address
Address: Galta Ji, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302031
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 07:00 am - 08:30 pm Details
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The Galta Monkey Temple is an important religious site in Jaipur. It attracts several Hindu devotees every year. It is also a place where you can see several aspects of ancient Hindu culture and tradition depicted in the art. It was built by the courtier of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, named Diwan Rao Kriparam.
The central and chief temple is the Temple of Galtaji. Adjoining the Temple of Galtaji is the temple of Balaji, and the Temple of Surya. The Temple of Galtaji features beautiful and extensive crafting of pink sandstone, and bears numerous courtyards having the traditional Rajasthani roofs and sculptured pillars along with painted walls. The adjoining premises of the temple also include several natural water springs, which are regarded holy and as blessings. The spring water is collected in reservoirs called Kunds, to allow the visitors to take holy baths as religious rituals. The GaltaKund is regarded as the most holy among the baths.
The reason it is called the Monkey temple is due to the scores of monkeys that inhabit the area in and around it. It isn’t that these monkeys have recently started living here though. There is evidence of these monkeys having been here and the temple being called the monkey temple even in ancient times. This certainly makes it an impressive place to visit.
monkey temple is one of the main tourist attractions to visit and should definitely feature in you Rajasthan Itinerary 2 Weeks
Monkey Temple Information
- The Galta Temple is also known as the Galta Monkey Temple since the area around the temple is largely inhabited by the common Indian monkeys.
How To reach Monkey Temple by Public Transport
- By local bus or car
Restaurants Near Monkey Temple
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The monkeys here for the most part are very friendly. They may climb on you to get food so only carry small amounts in hand at a time. Peanuts are sold outside the temple and right before the entrance. You will typically be asked for an offering to see the different shrines within the temple, 50-100 rupees for each of the 6 or so shrines is enough, but you can of course give more if you wish. View from the highest shrine is very nice, and if you're short on time they will bring you up on a bike which will save you the hike time. In the first main pool try to catch the monkeys doing cannonballs from the roof down into the water.
Unfortunately, the site is a nest of fake 'guides', hawkers and beggars. Large groups of men hound visitors in a shameful attempt to extort money. This is even made even more disgraceful, given the religious significance of the temple. We were followed for almost 1km to the summit of the hill by 2 unsolicited guides, despite repeated requests for them to leave us alone. It was an incredibly frustrating experience and soured our visit to the extent that we decided to leave immediately. The tourist authorities of Rajasthan would do well to address the issues that plague the temple and make appropriate provision to ensure the site is managed properly. Sadly, I cannot, in all good conscience, recommend this site for tourists. Please stay clear, unless you have a prearranged guided tour.
The agent at the entry urged me to pay 50 INR for taking pictures which is actually the shown price, but another 100 INR as a donation the temple. I don’t even know if it was an official employee or not. The monkey area is very dirty, even for Indian circumstances. There are lots of more interesting places in Jaipur. The monkeys look like they have every disease that exists on earth. Don’t waste your time here.
Its a holy place for hindu religion. So many monkeys live here. Located a little far from jaipur city. Amazing view of the mountains. Monkeys are quite used to see humans. So they are quite friendly.lots of fake guides.
Beautiful temple full of monkeys that are friendly and may climb and jump on you for food You can buy food at the entrance Taking pictures is charged by 50 rupes Worth a visit!
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