Galta Monkey Temple – A Holy Ground for Hindus

Jaipur, known as the Pink City is a beautiful sight to behold. Stunning hilltop palaces and forts lay like footprints from the rich and royal past. Jaipur was known to be one of India’s first planned cities. Find a treasure trove of goods in open bazaars where if you are brave enough, you may test your bargaining skills. The saris on sale are so beautiful and colourful, that you cannot help but buy one.

Visiting Jaipur there are so many attractions, festivals and things to do. Among the best places to visit while on holiday or if you have a day to spare while on business would be Jantar Mantar a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The battle scarred Old City from which Jaipur derives its moniker is beautiful to behold at sunset when the rays make the city glow with is soft shades of gold and pink.

Travel 2.5 kilometres to the east of the city and find the Temple of the Sun God which is also known as the Galta Monkey Temple. A popular place among the locals for worship, non-believers are also allowed to the temple. However, it is best if you are dressed modestly when going to religious places in India in general. One would also be advised to wear sensible shoes as upon reaching the temple site, you will have to walk through a gorge which is a steady climb to the distance of 200meters.

The biggest possible highlight of visiting the temple is the monkeys that inhabit the surroundings. Very familiar with humans the monkeys wait for visitors to feed them fresh fruit and vegetables. It is not uncommon for them to come right up expecting food. Considered an extremely holy place for Hindus, the Galta Monkey Temple has a complex with holy water which is for bathing, which is considered an act of purifying yourself.

Looking for a Jaipur hotel on your next visit to the Pink City? The Gateway Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur is a comfortable and spacious accommodation choice that is centrally located to allow for some exciting Jaipur sightseeing. Make a choice to stay in this hotel and enjoy conveniences, amenities and service that keep both the travelling businessman and holiday seeker in mind.

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