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The Galtaji Temple: Jaipur

''known for its natural holy springs & large tribe of monkeys, it gives a panoramic view of the city.''

Location : About 275 kms from Delhi on Jaipur-Agra Highway

Cost : There’s no fee to visit the temple. However, there’s a minimal fee to carry the cameras inside.

Where to stay : There are plenty of hotels in Jaipur. So availability is never a problem. Booking is a call away.

How to reach : Delhi is well connected to Jaipur through rail, road and air. From Jaipur distance to the temple not being much a cab or an auto-rickshaw will surely help.

Best time to visit : People flock during Makar Sankranti, falling in the month of January, due to religious reasons. The month is also suited climate wise. Months like October, November, March are equally good going by Rajasthan climate. So basically, mild winter months are recommended. The temple is open from sunrise till sunset. Sun may be too harsh during summers, so don’t forget to carry your sunscreen and a pair of shades.

Why go the distance : The Galtaji temple is an ancient Hindu Temple built on a hilly terrain in the eighteenth century by Diwan Rao Kriparam, who was a courtier of Sawai Jai Singh II. It is located in the Aravalli hills bounded by dense trees and bushes and is believed to have curative powers. One of the jewels of Jaipur, the temple is built of pink sandstone and is situated beside a natural spring (coming out through Gaumukh) which is channelled to fill seven large pools called ‘Kunds’. Among these, the Galta Kund is considered to be the holiest, which never goes dry. The temple sees every year visitors and pilgrims flocking, mostly on Makar Sankranti, for a holy dip to cleanse their souls. The temple is dedicated to sun God and It is also known as the Monkey Temple as it’s home to many tribes of monkeys and was recently featured on National Geographic’s multi-award winning series ‘Monkey thieves”. It is believed that a saint named Galava resided in this place for long and practiced meditation and penance. The temple looks like a haveli because of its magnificent architecture and makes for a pleasant half day outing from Jaipur which is just 11 kms away. The place during sunset provides an amazing view of the temple and gives a panoramic view of Jaipur city.

Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal

Pramugdha is a former journo of ET. She has also worked as an Assistant Professor in Amity University

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