India - Jaipur - Monkey Temple and Water Palace

We'd arranged for Feraz, the guy that took us from the train station to our hotel, to come back for an evening ride to the Monkey Temple above Jaipur.  Turns out he had a better offer so he sent his partner Ali instead.  That was fine by us because Ali had a pimped out auto-rickshaw complete with speakers to blast Indian pop hits into the backseat.
 

We hopped in and were on our way!  Just outside the Pink City walls, we pulled into an alley lined with farm animals, wild boar, monkeys, and debris.
Ali pointed up the hill toward the temple.  A small boy befriended us pointing out some key attractions on the way and taking our pictures.
En route, this goat peeked his head over the side of the path.
We looked back toward where we had come and at one of the 7 gates to Jaipur.
A large number of monkeys lined the path and surrounding buildings.
 
This baby wild boar was adorable but surprising to see.
We got some great views of Jaipur and the surrounding forts.
 We passed countless monkeys hanging out in the dusky light.
Our friend insisted on feeding peanuts to the monkeys for our entertainment.  Because monkeys can carry rabies, we kept a safe distance and discouraged our friend from getting too close. He was not to be deterred.
 
I spotted a monkey and cow walking side-by-side on the path like they owned the place.
A man comes around each day and feeds chapatis to the resident monkeys.
We neared the top and looked both down and up.  We'd come a long way and could see the temple at the peak within view.
 
 
Photos aren't allowed in the temple but I was able to pay 10 rupees to go inside and get a blessing.  On the way back down, I spotted this family of monkeys seemingly watching the sunset.  Gorgeous!
 Back at the bottom, Ali took us to the Jal Mahal (Water Palace).  We passed an elephant along the way!
We just had to pop out and get a picture!
The Jal Mahal was beautiful in the light of the setting sun. It really seemed to glow.
The promenade itself was lined with touts, rickshaw drivers, and locals taking a walk but the center of the lake was entirely peaceful and serene.
And with that, we concluded our day of exploration in Jaipur and pointed the auto-rickshaw back toward our hotel.

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