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Rhesus Macaque Monkeys In Jaipur

With the city temperature hovering around 42-45 C, even animals are looking for some respite from the heat. I clicked this picture of a female Rhesus Macaque monkey along with her baby near Brajraj Bihariji temple in the Tripoliya Bazar, not far from Tripolia Gate.

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Female Rhesus Macaque Monkey. Walled city area, Jaipur

Rhesus Macaque monkey is easy to spot in the walled city area of Jaipur since they tend to live around human settlements. This species of monkey is intelligent as well as aggressive! Where opportunities present themselves, they sneak in the house quietly and raid the fridge. This is rampant amongst the houses located in the walled city area of Jaipur since the buildings usually have open to sky courtyard, which facilitates these “bandits” easy access. As for intelligence, they are never scared of women. If a woman tries to scare them, they get aggressive and retaliate. When they encounter a male with the stick, they know how to respond – they retreat quietly!  It is likely you will spot monkeys in Jaipur during a heritage walk in Jaipur.

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Have you been to the famous Monkey temple in Jaipur? You will spot hundreds of Rhesus Macaque monkeys here. Hindu devotees visit Galta Ji where this temple is located to make offerings to monkeys, cows, and other animals. Read The captivating Monkey temple At Galtaji

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Also worth mentioning, there are many monkeys near the Sun Temple in Jaipur. This is popular among locals as Surya Mandir.

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Monkeys near Sun temple, Jaipur

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23 thoughts on “Rhesus Macaque Monkeys In Jaipur

  1. Wonderful shot’s! I guess the male monkey’s(Rhesus) are more dominant and don’t take any crap from the female’s. Of the lighter coloured monkey’s (Langur) that ruled the one Temple it seemed the females where the dominant ! Strange how each has it’s own rules…but then so does every race, human or not! 🙂 Thanks for showing me these Arv! T.

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    1. You are quite right. Each species has it’s system and rules. In all probability, the Langurs are social. You’ll find them in groups. But the red face Rhesus are loners too! 🙂

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  2. Arv, I so agree that these monkeys are least bothered of human presence and are have developed a strange fearlessness for humans. Actually they learnt to live with the human within the city and adapted themselves likewise. I personally experienced a few monkey attacks in different parts of India.

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    1. Sorry to hear that you have been a victim of monkey attacks, sarmistha. I hope it wasn’t too bad. I believe monkeys and humans have been living togetherfor a long time. Things are changing though, of late!

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      1. Thanks for your concern, Arv. No, nothing was serious, infact one was funny as a monkey tried to open my purse dangling from my shoulder in Jakhoo hills, Shimla and one stole the prasaad in Haridwar and last and the recent one was on my trip to Benaras when they attacked my tripod first and when attempted to shove them off one bit me on my leg though with no major injury.

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      2. That’s bad. I have heard of aggressive monkeys in Shimla but Varanasi came as a surprise. I have read stories of monkeys taking away sunglasses because then people over them soft drinks as a random in travel forums of Vrindavan. I don’t think they are to be blamed. They just catch in to a habit. Glad you were safe despite monkey bite.

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