Galtaji Temple, Jaipur

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Built within Aravalli Hills with natural freshwater springs and seven holy water tanks, Galtaji Temple offers lush landscape and sweeping views of Jaipur. With their curved roofs, wall paintings, and carved pillars, the spectacular 18th-century structures made of pink sandstone resemble a palace more than a Hindu temple. Also called the "Monkey Temple," the complex stands bounded by dense trees and bushes, and features shrines to Ram, Krishna, and Hanuman--as well as a resident community of rhesus macaques. Of the seven tanks filled by water flowing from a rock shaped like cow's head, the holiest one is believed to never run dry. Plan to visit Galtaji Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Jaipur attractions using our Jaipur trip site .
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  • Galtaji Temple is 10km from Jaipur. It was built by Diwan Rao Kriparam in the 18th century and has been a retreat for Hindu monks since the 1500s. The complex has a series of pavilions with rounded ceilings, sculpted columns and painted walls, below is the Galta Kund or Monkey Pond the holiest of the 7 ponds that the complex has. The water of Galta Kund comes from a natural spring at the top of the mountain, still flows naturally between buildings and temples, this water is sacred water. The Complex of Galwar Bagh is a Hindu pilgrimage point known as Shri Galta Ji, it is also called the Temple of monkeys by the large colony of macaques that live there, it is dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. In the complex there are several temples, the Shri Sita Ram Ji temple which is dedicated to the goddess Sita, the Shri Gyan Gopalji Temple which is full of paintings and is located at the entrance of the complex, the cave of the yeathetic Yahari Baba dedicated to the god Krishna and the Surya Mandir that is enc you're at the top of the mountain. The paintings of Galtaji Temple are beautiful despite their state of preservation. The waterfalls create two stepped pools, the upper pool where the women bathe and the lower one where the men bathe. It has the peculiarity that it never dries. You have to pay 50 rupees per camera. Temples can be visited but priests force you to tip and not short, you can also feed the monkeys buying poop, you have to be careful as they get on you. The site is pricetight to me I loved it although it is not well maintained and there is trash everywhere (as in all of India). 100% Recommended.
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  • You can walk along a steep path (hard hard in the sun) but you can also access by road by tuc-tuc or car passing through the rear. Above all, it allows you to miss the sublime frescoes of the Hunuman-ji temple buildings, worthy of those of Mandawa or Nawalgarh. The monkey temple is on several levels with water rooms where people bathe and small temples. We hear prayers, songs and dozens of mischievous monkeys everywhere. Show guaranteed! Galta-ji is not a beautiful building, but it is the monkeys and pilgrims who make the site worthy of an unforgettable visit.
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