A pre-historic Hindu pilgrimage site, the Galtaji Temple, is located only 10km away from Jaipur. Ascetics are said to have flocked to the site since the early 1500s, but the present temple complex was built by Diwan Rao Kriparam, a courtier of Sawai Jai Singh II, in the 18th century.The temple complex encompasses natural fresh water springs and 7 holy ‘kunds’ or water tanks. Among these kunds, the ‘Galta Kund’, is the holiest one and is believed to never get dry. A spring of pure water flows from the ‘Gaumukh’, a rock shaped like a cow’s head, into the tanks. A spectacular structure, this magnificent temple is built in pink sandstone, amidst low hills, and is structured to look more like a palace or ‘haveli’ than a traditional temple. Temple is nestled in peaceful surroundings between two granite cliffs and has a back-drop of gorgeous landscape featuring lush green vegetation, and offers a fascinating view of the city of Jaipur.
Also known as The Galta Monkey temple, the temple is famous for the many tribes of monkeys that dwell in this area. These monkeys can outnumber people at any day and they never harm anyone. Galtaji was recently featured on National Geographic’s multi-award winning series ‘Monkey Thieves’.
This temple complex is usually overlooked by tourist who stay within the old city of Jaiur, visiting the forts and palaces. They miss the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Galtaji which attracts scholars, archaeologist and local pilgrims in large numbers. To plan your Jaipur trip…..Road2Travel