- By Hanika Jethani
Getting mugged and nearly molested by a troop of monkeys isn’t everyone’s idea of holiday fun. But the volume and persistence with which Jaipur hawks its forts and palaces can sometimes make you sick enough. I was at Galta, a hill shrine established by Rao Kriparam, a courtier of Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II in March 2007. The place is 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away from the picture-book Pink City.
Galtaji, as it is reverently referred to, calls to different people in different voices. Devotion brings some to the Sun Temple built in the 18th century.
I saw school children with uniforms being headed for an exam-ending picnic. It was early evening as I drove through the 50-foot high gateway that serves as the mouth to Galta. There was a turn on one-car-wide uphill drive which lead to why most people come to Galta – the temple and its rather magnificent complex of bathing tanks, fountains and frescoes.
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