Some places just have a feeling about them. It’s not something tangible, nor easily articulated, all you can do is go there and experience it for yourself.
Galtaji is one such place. Although just 10km away from Jaipur in the small village of Khania-Balaji, you could easily think you were in the middle of nowhere. This was the highlight of my visit to Jaipur.
Located on a mountain pass within the Aravalli Hills, Galtaji is an ancient Hindi pilgrimage site consisting of several temples and sacred water tanks in which pilgrims bathe. It is believed a saint named Galav lived here, did penance, and practiced meditation.
The present temple complex was built by Diwan Rao Kriparam, a courtier of Sawai Jai Singh II, in the 18th Century. It’s set around a natural spring and waterfalls that create two tiered pools, the upper and lower pool, used for bathing by pilgrims.
During the festival period of Makar Sankranti (mid January) thousands come to bathe.
The site is colloquially known as Monkey temple (Galwar Bagh) in travel literature, due to the large tribe of monkeys who live here (rhesus macaques).
Highly recommended !
Galtaji is open sunrise to sunset.
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