Jaipur’s monkey temple

Galtaji is a series of Hindu temples built on a natural spring in the mountains just outside of Jaipur. Pilgrims come to bathe and pray, but tourists come for another reason: these dilapidated temples have also become home to dozens of moneys.

Visitors can buy small paper bags of peanuts to pass out to the bold rhesus macaque monkeys – and knowing food is nearby, they are quick to climb up legs and hang off arms waiting to be fed.

It can be a bit intimidating knowing that between you and the monkey, the monkey is entirely in charge, but wandering around observing their mannerisms and interactions is also endlessly enthralling. Especially when it’s set against such a beautiful backdrop.

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